It is nice to see the story of how Madame Hesser has developed a relationship with the proprietor and his wife and her descriptions of them coming through. It seems she is a regular there. I got to wondering how many times a week she has a meal in their restaurant.
A few courses later comes tempura. On one visit, it was fried wild watercress, sent by Mr. Takayama's mother in Japan,
Sometimes it is a wisp of halibut, a fish distinguished by its crunch, brushed with nikiri sauce. Or calamari, sprinkled with sea salt, and yuzu. On various visits, I have had shiitake; grilled scallop; sweet shrimp; mackerel; and ume, shredded shiso and sesame seed rolled into a slender and crisp sheet of toasted nori. All of it has been pristine, vibrant and utterly delicious.
The talk of stars at the end got me a little bit confused, though. Has this restaurant been awarded a rating based on this review?
Edited by bleudauvergne, 02 June 2004 - 06:56 AM.