after visiting beppu’s hell umi-jogoku海地獄, we collected our bags at beppu ski & took a taxi to our ryokan beppu saikei 別府 潮騒の宿 晴海.
after a good rest we went to the onsen before going for dinner kaiseki.
seikai is a bit modern type, with high rise hotel rooms & english menu.
we ordered sake (chargeable).
the porridge started was a spoiler, quite tasteless & unnecessary, added nothing to the experience & made us worry about the quality of the kaiseki.
the sakezuki (先附) was ok – pressed tamago (egg), some side dishes. i would say quite average.
the sashimi moriawase looked ok but was actually very poor. i couldn’t decide if this sashimi was worse than the 1st night at Gettoan on 25.1.2015. everything was very tough. was it bad cut or the chef did not know how to cut? i am clueless.
we ordered an additional aji sashimi at 5000yen+8%.
i could not understand why the aji was also very tough. it was a live fish, something must really be wrong either with the fish here in kyushu (but we had excellent sashimi from the supermarket at fukuoka later) or with the way it was cut. aji should be very sweet (it was ok sweet not too bad) & not tough. for me, taka’s supermarket aji at 1/3 the price or less, is better than this.
the deep-fried aji fish head was not nice too.
they had asari (littleneck clams or la la) chawanmushi. it was pretty ok. 🙂
some radish i think in the chawanmushi.
there was a mayo prawn dish, nothing much there.
a sushi with pickled ginger flower (which i like).
a yuba side dish. this was quite good.^^
there was an interesting soya bean shabu shabu with the local bungo wagyu 丰后和牛. this was very good. but by comparison the 2nd night kaiseki at Gettoan on 26.1.2015, with lots more beef & other shabu items, was much better.
the usual gohan (rice) with pickles.
this time there was cold noodles in a clear soup. pretty ok.
& there was fruits & jelly for dessert.
i guess this kaiseki would be above average, but nothing special & kind of below expectation for the ryokan price. for me, for both Gettoan & Seikai, for the ryokan price they were charging, every kaiseki dinner should be at a standard equivalent to Gettoan’s second night kaiseki! 🙂