The Best Kaiseki Meal in Tokyo: Innsyoutei

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If you go down to the woods today you’ll find a big surprise…

Nestled into the depths of Ueno park, you’ll find a beautiful traditional restaurant – Innsyoutei.

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It’s almost like a treehouse, hidden within the growth of trees and the beautiful natural surroundings.
The view from the seating area is incredible – if you dine upstairs, you get the view of the park and the trees surrounding you, amost as if you are enclosed in a secret room!

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I was lucky enough to have the traditional course meal of kaiseki ryori. It was my first time having it and I’m hooked – not only is the food and harmony of flavours incredible but the beauty of each dish comes through and everything is so intricatly plated.

Also, can we just take a moment to look at the placemat?! It is probably the most beautiful piece of paper ever.

Innsyoutei Review | Add A Little Innsyoutei Review | Add A LittleWe first started with a plate of bite sized foods. At the top, we have an amazing creamy salad made with cucumber and sesame. Next to that was an incredible namafu dengaku – chewy wheat gluten topped with rich and sweet miso. a piece of what seemed to be frittata bursting with fresh summer vegetables, lemon flavoured sweet potato and a piece of plum to cleanse the palate.

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The next course (unpictured) consisted of a slice of winter melon and light king prawn dumpling which was so light and in a smooth dashi broth. I’m normally not one for dumplings in soup as I find that they are soggy, but this was truly another experience!

Speaking of experience, the picture above shows my first yuba experience – almost like burrata, it melts in your mouth while remaining creamy and rich.

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The sashimi we got next couldn’t be more fresh – the squid melted in your mouth whilst I was lucky that my two favourite fish came out – tuna and yellowtail, both of which had incredible flavour and texture: so simple yet delicious dipped in soy sauce.

Innsyoutei Review | Add A LittleThe next fish course was a salt grilled mackerel fillet that was perfectly oily and tender and delicious when paired with the two sides: grated daikon with knotweed to give a fresh and almost mint like flavour and the baked okara (a salad made from the by product of tofu – much tastier than I described it!).

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Before heading onto the final course, we had a chilled chawanmushi (egg custard) that was pudding like and so wobbly yet easy to eat and flavoured with the perfect amount of dashi.
The final savoury course consisted of deep, dark and rich miso and some light pickles that came with the large pot of rice that got placed on the table. The rice was cooked in a traditional pot and filled with fresh corn, scallops and herbs to give the most fragrant rice!

Innsyoutei Review | Add A LittleOfcourse no meal is complete without dessert and although I only pictured the matcha mousse here, I actually loved the more traditional wagashi of a mochi like substance, made of wheat, filled with red bean paste.

Innsyoutei is definitely a restaurant where I’ll be back – the food and the service was top quality (nothing less than expected in a beautiful restaurant like this)! They are also known for their nabe dishes where you cook chicken and vegetables in a shabu shabu like manner, so I guess I’ll have to go back to try that! ūüėČ

 

 

 

Link Love Sunday

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I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week! 2 exams are over and just 2 to go! Now that I’ve had a bit more time recently I’ve been trying out lots of new summer recipes which I can’t wait to share!
Here are my favourite links for the week – my mouth is watering just looking at the photos!

This herbed focaccia with pimento romesco is perfect for carbing up for the London marathon (…even though I’m not running it…)

This parsley hummus with rye crackers looks like an amazing appetiser!

This spinach pesto polenta with smoky chickpeas looks so comforting!

I’ve always wanted to try salt roasted fish so this lemongrass sea bream looks wonderful!

I’ll take 10 of these falafel sliders with cashew tzatziki!

This is my favourite dip ever!

This almond crusted cod with coconut rice and ginger spinach sounds like a wonderful meal!

I need to make this creamless creamed corn ASAP!

This rocket and pea risotto looks great. I’m sure it would be awesome with some pesto stirred in!

These funky green tacos look packed with flavour!

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It’s the HOLIDAY! Excitement is arising, people! Lots of cooking (and art) to be done! And, look at that house above –¬†so dreamy!
Here are my favourite links from the interweb this week!

These meatballs with a sticky pomegranate glaze needs to be made ASAP!

You know how much I love green smoothies!

This grapefruit, avocado and salmon salad is right up my street!

I love this warming spiced vegan lentil soup!

This tasty roast potato quinoa salad looks awesome!

This cauliflower chickpea soup looks SO creamy!

Tuna tartare on nori chips – what more could I want?

So intrigued by this magic mushroom powder!

This Thai chicken cashew salad looks perfect for lunch!

This beet quinoa salad is beautiful!

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