wife bought omakase dinner at hachi 0n 18.9.2015. ^^
this was the best omakase/kaiseki dinner i had. it was better than most of the excellent kaiseki i had in japan ryokans, including a very good kaiseki dinner at roppongi many years back. 🙂
i have to look back to my tohoku trip in 2010, where we had several very good kaiseki dinners at notably Yamayurinoyado Ryokan in Hanamaki (花卷) & ryokan new komatsu @ matsushima (松岛) for equally good or better kaiseki.
this evening there were only 3 tables including ours. the servers said it is often quite full though.
it’s omakase – a chef’s table.
still, quite useful to have a kaiseki menu.
#1 we had pork wine infused foie gras terrine.
a good start. very tasty, and putting on all the right expectations. ^^
#2 the uni & botan ebi in japanese corn veloute was simply fabulous.
don’t know if it is fusion, generally just take uni & botan ebi as sashimi. this was a superb combination of taste, the very sweet uni & botan ebi, in a wonderful japanese corn broth with all the flower decorations. 🙂
#3 the hokkaido kani (crab) chawanmushi was the tastiest chawanmushi i had.
so sweet, so beautiful! 🙂
quite a memorable dish. motivated me to go back & make a chawanmushi myself. 🙂
#4 the oyster was large & plump & sweet.
looked pretty too. i slurped it in with most of the jelly. 🙂
#5 sashimi moriawase were top quality – chutoro, sawara (spanish mackerel), kinmedai 金目鯛(golden eye snapper), katsuo (tuna), sanma. ^^
chutoro was very good, but i must say the chutoro in mikuni’s matsutake special bento set some days later was one of the best i had.
the sawara (spanish mackerel), kinmedai 金目鯛(golden eye snapper) were all very good.
the katsuo (tuna) & sanma were pretty ok.
#6 the braised awabi was really tender, superb abalone dish!^^
i took it with the liver dip & the sea salt separately, all very good. 🙂
they really braised it very well, as well as the very good chinese braised abalones.
#7 the ikura don with toasted sesami was a very small serving of rice with quite a bit of ikura.
all together really excellent!
#8 the best dish (among every best dish) though was the hamo (conger pike eel) shabu shabu, together with the A5 ohmi wagyu that was served next.
the soup was just so tasty.
there were chinese cabbage & pine mushrooms.
the hamo (conger pike eel) shabu shabu. 🙂
hamo was so sweet & tasty.
& the soup was like the very best of dobinmushi i ever tasted! ^^
#9 next we had a palate cleanser – pineapple & ginger sauce.
pineapple was sweet. the sauce was sourish & very appetising. 🙂
#10 the ohmi A5 wagyu in the yakimono was just incredible, so marbled, melt-in-the-mouth!^^
superb A5 ohmi wagyu. 🙂
the bamboo sheet & the rolled sanma & eggplant were very good also i guess.
but they were quite heavy going & lost in the process of so much excellent food! 🙂
#11 nigiri sushi was again tops!
chutoro, and especially shiro ebi & uni were fantastic. 🙂
just incredible sushi.
the akamatsu was supposed to be more fatty & marbled. maybe i still not used to the taste & it was marbled, but somehow did not feel wowed by it. 🙂
#12 dessert were black beans yuzu jelly, japanese pear, red beans ice cream.
pear was pretty ok, sweet, not sweet like japanese rock melon i guess, haha!
i always liked japanese black beans, the yuzu jelly was pretty refreshing too.
this one of the few dinners that i felt really wowed! ^^