Tonight's dinner was arguably my most-anticipated meal this trip, in terms of food. Unlike last year, there were no 3-star stops on this trip. In fact, there were only two meals at starred restaurants this time around, and with two macarons, Kadowaki (かどわき) would be the top fine dining destination.
We arrived a little early for our late seating, and were led around the corner to a small private room in a dark bar upstairs. The air in the room was suffocating with cigar smoke leftover from the previous evening. The six of us would squeeze in here until our private room was ready.
Kinda like at Kanda (かんだ), there was no menu presented... so we had no idea how much food was coming our way. I must say it's a little strange for a kaiseki experience...
André's signature Mémoire dish, with the same ingredients minus the crab. Hearty and warm, full of rich flavors and fragrance. Totally delicious.
Then this pot was placed on the table, with some sansho leaves floating on top of the broth, and a plate of shredded burdock (牛蒡) was put on a side table. Now we were told that this would be a shabu-shabu (しゃぶしゃぶ).
We were debating about how much sake to have, in the event that we wanted to hit another bar after dinner... and eventually settled on just two bottles of sake with dinner.