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New Year's Eve Kaiseki Dinner at Kaygetsu - Menlo Park

Wendy-san | Jan 3, 200606:03 PM

My husband and I celebrated New Year’s 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 Year’s Eve. Price was $98 per person. Additional sake pairing (my husband did this, while I decided to be the designated driver) was $35. I didn’t 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.

Miso Soup

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.

Link: http://www.kaygetsu.com/

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