Saturday, November 20, 2010

A lovely lunch and the New York Times

Yesterday, my Friday class took me out for a lovely lunch! This restaurant is small...only 2 tables and is booked all the time. It is seasonal so the food varies. I also believe that there isn't a menu per se but that all customers are served a 6 course meal (at least that is what we had).  It is a beautiful place filled with gorgeous hand made pottery, tatami mats etc. Of course, you have to take off your shoes.

Here are some pictures of the food....they are bit dark due to the restaurant's lighting and I used my cell phone.

The first picture shows there is a bit of cooked octopus on top a bed of steamed mizuna with a lovely sauce, a little  dish of black beans with real gold flakes, inside the green "packet" is a little mochi filled with sweet adzuki beans and the little pot had a mix of "kazunoko" (fish eggs) mixed with wasabi mayonnaise and something else which we weren't sure of. There was also a real ginkgo leaf for decoration



Then we were served some sashimi.


Then we had some sushi with a slice of "kabosu" which is a green citrus fruit.




Then we had a piece of salmon that  had a sesame crust on it...very delicious.


I forgot to take pictures of the other dishes but our next course was rice, Japanese pickles and soup followed by coffee and a bit of matcha ice cream with black sugar syrup.  It was really lovely! Thanks ladies!!!

In other news:

I just found out that we had been mentioned in the New York Times again! http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/12/the-lunch-box-clearing-out-leftovers/  It was a nice surprise!

9 comments:

Glassprimitif said...

I'm reading this and it's lunchtime in the UK and I am starving!!!

said...

I miss japan so much T_T
Great blog, keep on the good job !

Lisa said...

I love the artistic food presentation.

Fernando said...

w00t! Congrats not only for the meal but for the refference of From Japan with Love! Very very nice

LugieAmir said...

i love this blog! wish i can get those cute kaawai thigs!

FromJapanWithLove said...

thanks for the comments everyone!

zmah said...

So nice u'r PiC

Betsy Gluten Freedom said...

Looks delicious! How did you ensure that it was gluten-free? Was it? Would love any helpful tips for navigating Japan gluten-free...

FromJapanWithLove said...

Hi Betsy,

No...that wasn't gluten free. 99% of the time, I eat gluten free but when my students take me out I don't worry about it. If eating gluten caused me asthma like it used to (though funny enough only in Japan as I never had problems in Canada) or life threatening problems than I wouldn't have eaten it. Eating out in Japan means taking a risk most of the time to be honest because all soy sauce has gluten and most sauces have soy sauce etc. Most Japanese don't know what wheat is in so it can be really tricky. When eating tiny amounts of gluten did give me asthma I often found out the hard way if food at a restaurant contained gluten...even when the staff said it didn't.

You can check out my other posts about going gluten free
http://from-japan-with-love.blogspot.com/2008/09/going-gluten-free-in-japan.html

http://from-japan-with-love.blogspot.com/2009/07/more-info-on-eating-gluten-free-in.html

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