Kojyu, Tokyo

It’s always hard going to a well known restaurant the day after you’ve had an exceptional meal as the expectations are high. The first was Creations de Narisawa, a 2 star Michelin in Tokyo, with Kojyu, a 3 star in Tokyo the night after. Would this change my experience from European Michelin restaurants where 2 star places always outperformed 3 stars? A 3 star restaurant with 7 covers, 2 private dining rooms, serving Kaiseki cuisine was the only one out of all the other restaurants on my list that was available on the night, so we decided to  go for it…

Appetizers
Scallop Dumpling
Sashimi

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Amongst our appetisers were: crispy mackerel, red snapper sushi, vegetables with salmon roe, squid sashimi, braised abalone. All very simple and flat in their flavour effects apart from the abalone which was braised in soy and yuzu.

When we sat down I double checked if they knew all my allergies and they said that they definitely did, yet when they brought the scallop dish and I said I couldn’t eat it, they were surprised and didn’t offer to change it for something else.

The sashimi consisted of tuna (toro), red snapper and squid (again) and, well..sashimi is sashimi!

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Grilled meat & fish
Boiled vegetables
Unagi

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Next up was miso glazed butterfish and grilled Wagyu beef with crispy baby sardines, turnip, gingko nuts and daikon.The beef, however succulent and flavoursome, was over salty. The butterfish was gorgeous – but then again, anything glazed in sweet miso is worth devouring again and again! Lovely touch of the crispy baby sardines though!

The boiled vegetables with cod roe that followed were a despicable disaster – flavourless in all its dimensions and the Grilled unagi (eel) tasted just the same as the butterfish and had too much rice.

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Sesame

Black sesame jelly with brown sugar ice cream and persimmon tasted as flavourless as it looked – hardly a sesame note to be found in there and the ice cream, well, was sweet and that’s about all it was.

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Not to mention, when my friend T was going to the ladies, she was accosted by one of the chefs who asked her if she was “going to remove food”. Charming!

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Overall Experience: 5
Food: 5
Recommend you go: 3

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