Last week I was lucky enough to have dinner at one of London's newest restaurants; Chrysan.
I'd never eaten Japanese food before; and for a novice Chrysan's Kaiseki course is a great introduction; you do have to be a fan of fish though! You can find the full menu here.
We were lucky to be were eating in the Chef's Table which is a private dining room with a view into the kitchen, so you can see Chef and his team at work. The décor is very understated; the table is a solid wood tab, unvarnished; the floor is also wood, very light. The walls are also pale and undecorated apart from a bookshelf on one wall with a bonsai tree and some other Japanese crockery. The ceiling keeps the theme; with wooden battens and two Warlon paper light fittings; which give fantastic ambient lighting.
Our dining experience started with a welcome drink of sake; this was served in very small red saucers; and tasted mostly of lychee.
I started with a Umami Prawn Cappuccino; very light and not too heavy on the prawn. Beautifully resented in a small dish on a wooden tray with a wooden lid.
Next up, Freshly Made Tofu with Orange Miso. To get the full effect of this you have to dig right through all the layers at once. Presented in a scooped out orange, put back together; light and although infused with orange not over-poweringly so.
Possibly my favourite course, the half dozen Sashimi selection
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