What's Kaiseki-Ryori?

What's Kaiseki-Ryori?

It is a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner. Firstly, appetizers are served as the starter with a drink (sake). More dishes such as Tempura, Chawan-mushi etc are following which makes you feel full and satisfied. Lastly, rice or sushi is offered, then the desert and Japanese tea are served to complete the course.

The course may be served one by one or all together as each restaurants has different menus and styles.

Syokuzensyu 食前酒 (Aperitif) / Sakizuke 先付 (Appetizer)
Please sip the aperitif then start eating appetizers.
Zensai 前菜 (Antipasto)
Zensai is the antipasto before the main dishes. It strongly features seasonal ingredients and well-elaborated for its presentation and taste.
Suimono お吸い物 (Soup-type Appetizer)
Once you open the lid of the bowl, please firstly enjoy rich smell before eating.
You may feel the soup is a bit thin but it actually enhances the ingredients and helps to refresh your mouth.
Otsukuri お造り (Sashimi)
Otsukuri is essential for Kaiseki-Ryori.
Please pour only a minuscule amount of soy sauce as well as Wasabi into the small bowl (you can always add more later if needed), then dip Sashimi into it and enjoy eating.
Takiawase 炊き合わせ (Mini Hot Pot)
Takiawase is Japanese boiled food used seasonal vegetables, fish etc. Please cut them into bite size in the bowl if it is necessary.
Yakimono 焼き物 (Grilled Dish)
In general, it is served grilled fish which is served with its head or cut into thick slices.
Agemono 揚げ物 (Frying)
The well-known frying is Tempura. Please eat them before getting cold so that you can enjoy the texture of crunch. You can choose Tentsuyu (Japanese tempura dip sauce) or salt for seasoning.
Oshokuji 御食事 (Rice)
Akadashi 赤出汁 (Miso soup)
Kounomono 香の物 (Pickles)
They are served at the same time. One thing you may have to careful is not to leave even a grain of rice as it is considered bad manner in Japan.
Mizugashi 水菓子 (Dessert)
Lastly, seasonal cutting fruits are served as the dessert. (It is sometimes assorted.)

Example of Kaiseki meal menu
- If you have any doubts or questions about Kaiseki meal menu, please feel free to contact us till "info@o-japan.co.jp"

• 本日のお造り/あしらい一式
In English
Today's Special/Professionally and beautifully arranged sashimi

• 黒毛和牛鉄板焼
In English
Japanese black wagyu beef grilled on an iron plate

• 胡麻豆富
In English
Goma-dofu (crushed sesame seeds boiled in water and chilled like tofu)

• 鰆西京焼
In English
Grilled Spanish mackerel flavored Saikyo Miso (white Miso)

· たらの芽木の芽和え
In English
Fatsia sprouts and Kinome (leaf bud)

· 浅利めし
In English
Asari clam rice (Contained glutinous rice)

· ムール貝
In English