As a late christmas gift\new years gift my dad took me out Kyo ya on New Years for their traditional new years kai seki. I noticed many CHers stray away from dining on New Years, but the meal I had was excellent.
1st course- Salt cured Tasmanian Salmon Trout and Marinated Roe (8.5\10)- The salmon was cubed and placed on top of a circular piece of sliced daikon along with roe. All of this sat on top of a nice light citrus sauce.
2nd course Steamed Whipped Turnips with Snow Crab, Sea Eel, and Winter Vegetables in Crystal Clear Broth (9\10)- There were a lot of subtle flavors going on but this was delicious, eggy yet nice and light.
3rd course Slow Cooked Black bean with Pickled "Chorogi", Vingared Octpus, Daikon & Carrot Namasu, Slow Cooked Baby Abalone, "Aigamo" Roasted Duck, "Noshiume" Sweet Plum Agar,
Dashi Marinated Herring Roe, Dashi Marinated Herring Roe, "Kamaboko" Fish Cake Picked "Tsukubane", "Datemaki" Egg Roll- (9.3\10) This was a big bento box of assorted appetizers that Japanese people typically eat for New Years. The slow cooked black beans (wow) was my favorite bite followed by the octopus. Everything was absolutely delicious except the dashi marinated herring roe.
4th course Sashimi Medley-Blue Fin Fatty Tuna, Long tailed Red Snapper, "Mongo" Squid, "Kampachi Yellowtail and Sea Urchin (8\10)-My favorite piece of fish was the blue fin fatty tuna. And the Sea urchin was santa barbara and it was the best uni I ever had (I enjoyed it more than the unis I tried at 15 East). Everything else was very good.
5th Course-Yuzu & Miso Marinated Grilled Winter Yellowtail (8\10)-This was a piece of yellowtail perfectly grilled with pickled vegetables. Not a stitch of my fish was dry, I really enjoyed it.
6th Course-Kyo ya Style Zoni Soup Baby Sardines Mixed Rice and "Kobumaki Seaweed (7.5\10)- I thought the broth of the soup was delicious. The soup contained various things from meat, veggies, fish, and a rice noodle like roll (not sure what it was). I enjoyed everything in the soup except the rice noodle roll, it was very sticky and chewy. The rice was also a little dry, but it was good in the soup.
Dessert-(8.5)-Tofu like pudding with strawberry crack sauce. deliciousss especially the sauce.
I also had the good fortune of dining next to two lovely ladies from Japan that explained to me the 3rd and 6th course are traditional Japanese new years dishes and that Kyo ya executed them well, which is reassuring because often times I hear statement like such as this sucks in Japan it's 10 times better. I also spoke to the waiter who said that courses 1,2,4,5 are very similar to the dishes they have for their regular kai seki. So next year if you feel like dining out on New Years Day in a nice quiet restaurant I recommend Kyo ya, especially since the highpoint of my meal was the 3rd course which is only available for new years. The Traditional New Years Kai seki is 120 dollars pp. Happy 2011! I hope my fellow CHers are doing well and eating well!
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