Kaiseki in Tokyo

July 29, 2012 at 6:47 pm Leave a comment

After a pretty hairy spring (great b-day celebration followed the day after by my mother’s passing), we finally took off for Japan.  This was our first trip and although I tried to do planning, with all the other stuff going on, it was pretty tough.


I started writing about Japan but then thought it was a bit boring.  Rather than going through things in some organized fashion, I think it might make sense to just jump around and include notes every so often.

~During our visit, we tried 3 different kaiseki meals.  These are traditional, multi-course meals – served with quiet beauty (read about them here ).  The last of these was Nakaiseki Sen; Setagaya-ku  Shimouma 5-35-5 2nd Floor Tokyo.   It is actually a shojin ryori style, that is, all vegetarian with a Buddhist leaning.

~Because this restaurant is likely closing next month (at least that’s what the person who made the reservation told us), I will start with it first.

~The chef of Nakaiseki Sen is Yomiko Kano.  You can read about her here .  Essentially, as with all kaiseki meals, hers uses seasonal, local ingredients with a distinctly simpler country-style form.

Here are pictures from the meal:

~plum alcohol/green tea

~peanut tofu, baby corn, black beans, soy, seaweed

~pureed zucchini strips, with chestnut, enoki mushrooms, wasabi

~peas – tofu base, asparagus




~yuba, aloe gelato, seaweed gelatin

~ginger rice, miso soup, pickled veggies



~At the end of the meal, they presented us with chopsticks. You can see them on the side of the setting for dessert.

carrot cake (gelatinous rather than flour based)

~As with many things in Japan, even though there was a communication gap, everyone was very kind and patient with us, as we were with them, and things ended well.  This was a delicious, beautiful meal in a locale that was both modern and traditional at the same time.

~Details:  You need to call or ask someone to call for you to get a reservation.  We took a taxi who let us off near the complex.  From the outside, it looks like a regular apartment building.  Inside you’ll find a beautifully appointed, multi-room place – wood floors and wood panels.  (I can’t tell you how many times we got lost trying to find places.  Google maps often dropped us in the back of buildings.)


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