Kichisen was an amazing meal, perhaps best of my life. I’m still debating if it’s displaced French Laundry but it is definitely the best Asian meal I’ve had. The staff were very nice, although a bit too over the top with formalities, and spoke a decent amount of English. I was sitting in the counter room that was just four seats with a Japanese family. The son looked about 13, quite a lucky guy to be having meals like this. Great way to end the trip to Japan.
Welcome drink – it was viscous as honey and almost as sweet
Presentation would be a theme of the meal along with the amazing tastes
Three pieces of fried clam and deep fried yuzu
Sake just chillin’
Four servings – family of Japanese next to me at the counter
Very precise where they placed dishes
Soy beans with tiny shrimp
Chives on top of egg white custard and a small piece of uni
Just to show how small the shrimp were
In a very cool kettle
Mochi ball and some pork inside
Sashimi course – by far the best of the trip
Shrimp – chef was funny and later picked up the leaf with his chopsticks and told me to eat it
Tiny eels with some rice noodles
Flatfish – maybe flounder?
Toro – wow…
More amazing presentation
Rice wrapped in what I think was a thin fungus
Art or food?
Sea cucumber with an egg
Veggies, potato (red thing), and roe with chicken egg (yellow rectangle)
Crab, mixed with a dipping sauce that was very gingery. This almost made me cry it was so good.
Turnip and fish with many other things including wasabi at the top. Mix up then eat
Kingfish on top of pineapple on top of a hot stone, the sizzling sound added to the dish.
Rice soup with uni and seaweed
Presentation continues with dessert
Orange jelly that I tasted first then was told to add Cointreau and squeeze some juice out of the lid that still had meat in it.
Mochi ball covered in peanut powder around a sweet bean paste along with a jelly cube
Chef Yoshimi Tanigawa