Snapshots from Kyoto

Monday, November 24, 2014 0 No tags Permalink 0

15375130670_0c22449030_cThree nights in Kyoto ^-^

15537070786_5f71ef54af_cWe took the train from Tokyo on Wednesday afternoon. Only two hours! And then straight to the new Ritz-Carlton Kyoto.

15374218329_c0f84ef9c5_cThere was a Pierre Hermé afternoon tea

14940059524_6049dd9a2f_c…and dinner at Arashiyama Kitcho. The restaurant is located at the base of the mountains, next to Ooi river. It was such a treat to visit on a rainy autumn night. I didn’t appreciate how special that was at the moment.

15558120731_2eb4807654_cThe next morning: a proper Japanese breakfast back at the hotel…

15375130670_0c22449030_c…and a day in Wazuka at Obubu…

15558088991_8d8b69b340_c…where we also had (the first of many) matcha soft-serve cones on this trip.

15561589992_2450a526f6_cThere was a late afternoon stop in Uji…

15550736748_773392a97c_c…before a beautiful kaiseki dinner at Nakamura. Pictured: uni, crab, tofu!

15734247051_bdf1bb07ee_cA good breakfast can really make a day…

15551334750_314d2a19b1_c…as can a stroll through Nishiki Market for yuba…

15737709462_da56380b55_c…and not one (hojicha)…

15734240751_ccc05ac32b_c…or two (milk cream)…

15550289389_8ea7434bc3_c…but three (matcha!) servings of soft-serve. Heehee.

15736161325_9560a50232_cAfter the market, we walked to Ippodo for…

15550283049_477f260bcc_c…the tenka-ichi gyokuro…

15734237861_664f6d9765_c…for two.

15550284439_9fc10f413b_cAs well as koicha…

15550708988_f6a52341d7_c…and then matcha.

15712447876_19f0565d26_cBoth teas came with wagashi made from red…

15116773723_c10c7c9076_c…and white bean paste.

15737691862_888d28caed_cThen it was time to visit Izuju for a lunch…

15116195584_1d72a9f27c_c…of mackerel sushi. Bliss!

15116753993_98da0fedac_cWe had a French-Japanese kaiseki that night at Misoguigawa…

15734205681_e35e113e4f_c…and then matcha pancakes for breakfast. Next stop, Hokkaido ^-^

Kyoto | Arashiyama Kitcho

Monday, November 17, 2014 0 No tags Permalink 1

15561657302_4914065013_cDinner for two in Kyoto. We went straight to Arashiyama Kitcho after tea at Ritz-Carlton ^-^

14940071344_598b15450d_cHot water and pinch of salt to start…

14940651733_206c851a0c_c…followed by crab and ginger…

15374810417_ddb853e092_c…pike and matsutake in clear broth…

15374204069_f66cca0ea9_c…toro and kawahagi…

15375179850_f281f748cd_c…and seasonal vegetables topped with ikura.

14940062124_27e9353c50_cPresented for two and then split tableside…

14940059524_6049dd9a2f_c…abalone, beef, tamago, vegetable caviar, tofu-spinach, and fresh ginkgo nuts.

14940640703_78138ae25e_cButterfish, chestnuts, and fried matsutake mushrooms.

15560813285_1e2c3cb05a_c (1)Steamed vegetables in dashi…

15374194449_446921d749_c…paired with roasted pork and rice..

15560811975_8f73c0c9db_c…and pickled vegetables.

14940051704_d7c9788c56_cSeasonal fruits (that fig was insane)…

15375166380_00a30f33a3_c…plated and served with…

14940630463_cb49483b42_c…liquid cream custard.

15374666588_f74e2e037f_cA single warm chestnut…

15561632812_f941862cd9_c…and candied sweet potato…

15537092286_9ae2aee1ec_c…with genmaicha…

15375161100_df8e2a8b4b_c…and matcha ^-^

Asiate | Mandarin Oriental, New York

Sunday, November 16, 2014 0 No tags Permalink 0

15605687019_c02e45da83_cI visit Asiate because it’s calm and beautiful….and Chef Angie always incorporates surprising elements of tea into her menu.

15606671950_164f66eb29_cThe “tea dish” this season is turbot with jasmine tea and leek jam. Mushroom consommé is poured tableside (from a teapot). And don’t forget to add white truffles, heehee.

15120630291_814627f28b_cThis was the turbot + teapot dish from summer…all those herbs! Paired with heirloom tomatoes, capers, and baby squid.

14798942308_8306c9d9c8_cAnd remember tea-roasted beets from the lunch menu? Orange and yellow beets roasted on a bed of chai tea and plated with labne and crispy maitakes. Super smokey.

15064489770_9fceaa1b3d_cP.S. Not a tea-related dish, but one I wish would stay permanently on the menu: uni, ahi, and ikura ^-^