After the success of my first food-themes post (https://kirilson.com/2019/04/14/food-vendors-in-napoli/), I decided to try taking more photos of food wherever I go. I still feel a bit uncomfortable taking out my bulky camera in restaurants, so this post was made entirely with my smartphone and the photos surely seem much more amateurish compared to my usual standard. Still, the idea is that the photos tell you a story, and hopefully you’ll enjoy this one.
I was visiting Japan for several weeks this spring with my girlfriend and for her birthday we decided to celebrate in a two-starred Michelin restaurant, where the cook Mr. Kikuchi serves his kaiseki dishes (i.e. the Japanese traditional haute cuisine which is essentially a multicourse tasting menu devised by the chef only with fresh local ingredients). We chose this place because, unlike other flashy expensive Michelin-starred places, it is extremely unassuming and relaxing. Set in a quiet part of town and run solely by Mr. Kikuchi (no waiters, no one else to pick up the phone and clean, etc.), the restaurant has a maximum capacity of 10 people and the chef prepares everything meticulously and with great calm right in front of you on the other side of the bar. So, here come the dishes in chronological order, itadakimasu.