3.2.11

The Most Marvellous Meal

On Saturday Hiro and I made a delicious discovery.

We had a little tatami room to ourselves and we dined izakaya style.



We did not order from the standard menu. Standard menu's in London Japanese restaurants have an awful way of remaining static and do not adapt to the seasons as Japanese cuisine traditionally always should. Instead, we ordered from the Japanese menu.





We had sashimi moriawase. The chutoro was especially nice. Just as in Japan, the chef added his own (off menu) recommendations for us.


Delicious nama kaki ponzu (fresh oysters in ponzu). My favourite way to eat oysters from now.


Tender melt in the mouth buta kakuni (Japanese braised pork belly).


Hiyashi shirasu horenso (chilled spinach with baby sardines).


Battera sushi (marinated mackerel with a thin film of konbu). We tried this as all the Japanese papers highly recommend the dish. It was incredible!


Iroiro kinoko no bata yaki (assorted mushrooms fried in butter). I ♥ mushrooms cooked this way.


Agedashi tofu.



Hiro remarked, that this was the best Japanese meal that he has had in London in the 17 years that he has lived here.

I might tell you where this place is one day.

*evil laugh*

21 comments:

  1. I commend you on the strength to resist tucking in straight away and first taking these amazing pictures to share with us.

    If it was me, I wouldn't have thought of it simply because this looks so delicious that a camera would have been the last thing on my mind.

    Please do tell the location of this place.

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  2. You don't have to tell me where it is but can you promise to take mt here to eat?? My mouth is watering looking at the pictures (and of course I'm at work tonight).

    We're going for peking duck to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit this weekend but I think after that my next meal will definitely have to be Japanese!

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  3. *mouth waters* YUMSKI!!!!! It loooooks divine!!!!!!

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  4. I agree with Justine, you can just take us there! :D
    Everything looks so delicious, the oysters looks amazing! I'm hungry now...
    xxx

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  5. The food looks delicious! I need a bf that can read japanese -.- hahah,
    also, ty for your comment <3 xx

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  6. my fave has gotta be the agedashi tofu! when i saw the oyster i thought it rreminded me of shirako...lol. this restaurant looks amazing - where is it in london?? totally agree, ordering in japanese is way better.

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  7. The food looks really authentic. I hate it when I eat bad asian food in western countries and Japanese food is something that has always been done wrongly in many western menus. The picture of the oysters in ponzu makes it look like the salty tangy kinda style and I would love to drink the slippery oyster down too. The last time I "drank" oyster was as oyster shooters. And I love the fresh burst of oyster amidst the sourish tang of sauce.

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  8. Oh, this post made me want to go to a resturant! That battera sushi looks like it'd taste wonderful, I would love to try some! Unfortunately there are few "proper" Japanese resturants in the Oxford area where I live, I would love it if there was more!

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  9. Do tell, do tell! I love Japanese food. What an amazing meal {the pictures themselves are mouthwatering}.

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  10. *drools
    everything looks absolutely delicious and mouth watering! i love japanese food :) i gotta expand my knowledge on it

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  11. You HAVE to tell me where this is before I go to London again! Looks delicious! I love the osusume menus, even in normal Japanese izakayas.

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  12. food is great and delicious looking! it makes me drool

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  13. omg!! drools ^_^

    everything looks oishii!

    the agedashi tofu looks very delicious. It is one of my favorite dishes, but it's very hard to find a good restaurant that makes it. and the pork belly look yum yum yum!

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  14. wahh yummylicious food!! hehe hope i can find a similar one here too!

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  15. agedashi tofu is my favorite way to eat tofu.. well.. i really love tofu. it's hard to choose! but ALL of that food looks marvelous. i just ate and yet i'm hungry again D:

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  16. Wow, it all looks amazing. I wish there was a good japanese place around here. I can't wait to go back to NY!

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  17. *drools
    everything looks absolutely delicious and mouth watering! i love japanese food :) i gotta expand my knowledge on it

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  18. You HAVE to tell me where this is before I go to London again! Looks delicious! I love the osusume menus, even in normal Japanese izakayas.

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  19. *mouth waters* YUMSKI!!!!! It loooooks divine!!!!!!

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