Kaza­hana, Tokyo; Pro­gres­sive Ori­en­tal House (POH), Mum­bai

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Kaza­hana at the Con­rad, Tokyo is one of the few restau­rants in the city that fo­cus on con­tem­po­rary Ja­panese cui­sine. The restau­rant o ers a range of din­ing op­tions in­clud­ing a multi-course kaiseki, tep­pa­nyaki and sushi lunch and din­ner menus. It is dec­o­rated with tra­di­tional sumi-e (black ink) paint­ings and over­looks sweep­ing vis­tas of the Tokyo Bay. I tried the kaiseki menu that be­gan with a tofu ap­pe­tiser with edi­ble bur­dock root and wasabi. A suc­cu­lent com­bi­na­tion, this melted in my mouth and pre­pared my palate for the up­com­ing cour­ses. Next was a clear soup with scal­lops that helped bat­tle Tokyo’s nail-bit­ing cold weather. Pre­pared with Ja­panese spring veg­eta­bles, I slowly en­joyed this heart­warm­ing con­coc­tion of Ja­panese good­ness. This was fol­lowed by a sashimi plat­ter of mar­i­nated tuna with smoked radish, squid with salt and cit­rus and sea bream with salty kelp sauce. The fish was fresh – sourced from Tokyo’s fa­mous Tsu­jiki mar­ket – and dis­si­pated in my mouth. Next, a well-cooked char­coal-grilled cod­fish in soft roe and topped with maitake mush­room, grated radish and edi­ble chrysan­the­mum was served. It was ev­i­dent that the menu was now mov­ing into mains and up next was steamed Ja­panese rice with the sweet and salty Teriyaki chicken – not too over­pow­er­ing. To fin­ish, I en­joyed a de­lec­ta­ble brown sugar pud­ding that was sur­pris­ingly not very sweet.

VER­DICT The kaiseki lunch is an el­e­gant din­ing op­tion for meet­ings as the multi-course menu is well spaced out and not heavy de­spite the num­ber of dishes served. Akanksha Maker

Pre­pared with Ja­panese spring veg­eta­bles, I slowly en­joyed this heart­warm­ing con­coc­tion of Ja­panese good­ness

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