Every movie buff of a certain age is very familiar with the classic The Seven Samurai. It is a movie by Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, one of the world’s most influential filmmakers. George Lucas was a big fan and the light saber scenes from the Star Wars are a tribute to the ways of the samurai. What people may not know is that Kurosawa was also a talented artist as well as a restaurateur.
During my stay in Tokyo I had the pleasure of dining at his restaurant, Nagatacho Kurosawa. And pleasure is the appropriate word as it was pleasing to all the senses. During the six-course meal the visual presentation, divine smells and exquisite taste made the evening a culinary delight.
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There are many options for menus, but this is the meal that I had:
Arrowroot cake with salmon roe:
Amber jack and flounder sashimi:
Boiled Komatsuna leaves with daikon radish millefeuille with baby sardine and cauliflower:
Then there was a salad that I can’t remember all the ingredients, although I know that is mushroom on top:
Steak with turnip, pumpkin, potato and watercress:
Traditional style (buckwheat) soba noodles with housemade dipping sauce:
Barbados sugar ice cream and dried orange (baked in-house for 8 hours):
Despite the numerous courses, the actual quantity of the food was no more or no less than the perfect amount. Harmony, beauty, balance, it is omni-present in Japan. That’s not to say there is never over-indulging, but it is not the norm.
The meal was delectable. The accompanying ambiance was that of the ancient samurai and perfectly matched the food and decor. I look forward to trying the other three Kurosawa restaurants on future trips.