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Having found out hours in the wee hours of the morning that yesterday was, in fact, Sato-san and Takano-san's 10th anniversary, I doubled back to the office when I realized that I forgot to bring them my impromptu present. I brought another bottle of this wine on my last visit to the restaurant, and it happens to be from their vintage.
Meanwhile, My Favorite Cousin and Hello Kitty were sipping on the special bottle of Champagne that I brought while waiting for me to return. Takano-san remarked that this was also Sato-san's vintage...
The menu tonight offered very different dishes compared to my previous visits, with the exception of the very first item:
sweet corn mousse with Botan shrimp (牡丹海老), and this was a variation made with cauliflower. I love the chunks of lightly-torched shrimp, buried in the cauliflower mousse along with finely chopped chives and tomatoes. The beautiful consommé jelly, full of umami, was tempered by the slightly sweet and clean flavors of the mousse.
This was a wonderful way to start our meal, but truth be told, the original version with corn was better. There was a lot more sweetness from the corn, and I love the crunch of raw corn kernels.
The chicory was supposed to be flavored with Keemun tea (祁門紅茶), but I guess I wasn't paying enough attention...