L was in town again, and this time she actually managed to give the Great One and I enough advance notice so we can plan a decent meal together. The original request was for Ta Vie 旅, but since Sato-san was away in Bangkok we decided to go with Tenku RyuGin (天空龍吟) instead. I'm spending more time with Sato-san these days because he's physically just so much closer, but I mustn't forget to show the younger Seki-san some love, too.
We found it a little incredible that L has never been to ICC, and panicked a little when she realized she would have to cross the harbor for dinner. Thankfully she didn't arrive too late, although I didn't succeed in getting her to buy us dinner...
Everyone loved this, and so did I... except that I thought the pieces were a little too big and thick. For some reason, I found the pieces of abalone a little harder than chew on than normal. Yes, it was tender and surely they cooked it long enough, but it just didn't quite do it for me tonight. Maybe I shouldn't have put a whole piece into my mouth and tried to chew on it... Guess I'll actually bite it in half next time.
Everything came together flawlessly. The sweetness of the figs, the hint of acidity in the balsamico, the fragrance of the rich sesame cream, the smooth pâté, the toasty fragrance of the monaka, and the beautiful shiso. Everyone raved about how beautiful this was, myself included. Such happiness in every bite.
Hello Kitty decides that she'd rather skip this dessert, since it's too sweet for her taste, so guess who got to have a pair of
Finally, as I commented on social media before dinner, it's so nice to be able to go to a place where they know all your preferences without the need for you to explain over and over again. They know not to serve me any tuna without me having to raise the issue. Many thanks for the fantastic service - and for waiving the corkage.