My husband and I celebrated New Years Eve with a kaiseki dinner at the wonderful Kaygetsu Japanese restaurant in Menlo Park. This was our fourth visit. Although anything at Kaygetsu is great, I feel that you get the most for your money by having one of the prix-fixe courses. This year a special kaiseki was offered on both Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Price was $98 per person. Additional sake pairing (my husband did this, while I decided to be the designated driver) was $35. I didnt take any notes but here is what we had based on the written menu and in this order. Presentation, of course, was gorgeous:
Sakizuke (Starter) Braised duck, shrimp, shimeji mushroom and chestnut mixed with tofu sauce; salmon and kabura turnip in vinegar sauce.
Suimono (Clear soup) Tai snapper, wakame, ugo seaweed, yuzu citrus.
Tsukuri Sashimi assortment
Yakimono (Grilled dish) Alaskan king grab, grilled with sea urchin/miso sauce served with grilled shiitake mushroom and spinach.
Taki Awase (Slow-cooked dish) Kobe beef cooked with red wine, beets, Japanese potato, and pearl onions.
Gohan Mono (Rice dish) Assorted sushi.
House-Made Original Dessert Gelatin covered seasonal berries with anglaise sauce.
I'm convinced that Kaygetsu serves the most authentic Japanese food in the Bay Area.