Restaurants & Bars 3

Kaygetsu

Judith Hurley | Jul 19, 2004 01:05 AM

Four of us had dinner at Kaygetsu, in a little shopping strip off Sand Hill on the way into Menlo Park. We had the 9 course summer Kaiseki menu (there's a 6 course, an a la carte menu and a small sushi bar as well).

We had:
Saki zuke, which included small white sweet shrimp with ikura, tonburi with enoki mushrooms, and little clear clouds of something with edamame beans floating inside;

Suimono with egg tofu from central heaven;

Tsukuri, which was assorted sashimi;

Taki awase, with shrimp, kabocha, and shiitake;

Hassun, which included deep-fried salmon, burdock rolled with unagi and shirmp, pickled myoga ginger, and one sensational yama momo berry (what are they, and where can they be had by the dozen?!)

Yaki mono, which was seared sirloin of kobe beef with several wonderful vegetables;

Ume shiso cha zuke, a rice dish,

House-made yuzu sorbet, followed by red bean in clear mochi in an extraordinary and gorgeous strawberry-green tea sauce.

Each course was presented on a beautiful plate, each different from the one before. Everything was absolutely beautiful and delicious. The service was smooth and the pacing was perfect.

There's a modest wine list, an assortment of sakes, and draft Kirin. The 9-course meal was $75/person and the house adds a 16% gratuity. You can order sushi from the bar but we couldn't imagine interfering with what was really a work of chef's art.

I couldn't imagine a more memorable dining experience in a less likely place. It's a destination, and a worthy one.

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