MASTERCHEF TASTES TOKYO
So where did the judges eat when the cameras weren’t rolling? Matt reveals all
One of the great things about MasterChef’s overseas trip to Tokyo this year was that we had enough time to eat at all the restaurants we were to feature before we shot with them. Kodama was a tiny and very personal experience. Everything you eat is cooked by chef Kodama-san whether it’s the puffer fish, cod milt (sperm sacs) or a delicious dish of hairy crab with red rice. Challenging for Western palates at times, but we loved the way he used all the different parts and offal of the fish in elements like the soba noodles or sauce.
Note – and how can I put this delicately – the bill was nowhere as small as the restaurant!
One must-do on all our lists was Narisawa, which regularly features in the upper echelons of any list of the world’s best modern restaurants – currently No.18. Dinner here didn’t let us down.
It was cherry blossom time so it appeared not just prettying up plates but also in gels and delicate sauces in dishes that were as artistic as they
MasterChef judges in Japan, (from left) Gary Mehigan, Matt Preston and George Calombaris.