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Kaiseki Winter '08 menu @ Kaygetsu, Menlo Park report w/ pics

hhc | Jan 26, 2008 05:29 PM

I booked a table on Opentable for 2 at Kaygetsu for the Kaiseki dinner. Kaiseki dinner is $98 per person! It's HELLA expensive and the portions are TINY so overall I give the food 3 stars & an extra star for service.

I booked it for 6:30p since the hubby has to work long hrs and I can't tell when he'll be done, so he tells me he can get there earlier so I called them same day to change it to 6:15p. I was already at the restaurant by 5:10p so just hung around at the Longs & Safeway in the same strip mall, place is behind the Shell gas station. We meet up at 6pm and were able to change the reservations & get seated.

Kaiseki Winter menu is online. We also got to keep the paper menu so here it is:

Sakizuke -starter
kampachi salad w/ butter lettuce tomato, cucumber & yamaimo dashi (fish stock) dressing satoimo potato w/ miso sauce

Takiawase -slow cooked dish. dried herring, sunchoke, zuiki (taro stork), snow peas, yuzu cooked in clear fish broth

Tsukuri-sashimi-assorted seasonal selection. We had young blue fin tuna, Northern Japanese shrimp, Japanese snapper w/ caviar

Onmono-hot dish. sole w/ grated daikon radish japanese leeks, shiitake, mitsuba greens, yuzu quail egg. I got a different dish after I mentioned I can't eat fried items. Mine was several small chunks of black cod.

yaki mono -grilled dish. grilled organic Petaluma chicken miso sauce pickled turnip, kinome

Gohan mono-rice dish. chirashi sushi w/ eel, shrimp, braised tofu, egg lotus root.

House-made original dessert-parfait of green tea ice cream & sesame tofu.

Hubby wanted a glass of Ginzo sake..the one he picked was $14 a glass! Yikes. He liked it fine.

Tip of 17% added automatically to bill. Credit cards taken. Total w/ 1 glass sake, 2 Kaiseki dinner, tax & 17% tip was $266!

Separate bathrooms on the left-side after you walk in. Women is just single toilet/sink.

Sushi bar only enough room for 6 ppl. There's about 12 tables: 2-tops & 4-tops. Best to make reservations if you want to eat here.

Tip: If you go on your birthday & tell them you might get a small gift. That was nice for the hubby.

My pics:

Kaygetsu Restaurant
325 Sharon Park Dr Ste A2, Menlo Park, CA 94025

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