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Kaiseki dinner

justagthing Jan 2, 2008 06:27 AM

Just read about this type of Japanese presentation/dinner. Are there any places in LA or OC that serve Kaiseki dinners? If you have experienced it, please describe and also curious as to price. TIA

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    I got nothin Jan 2, 2008 01:48 PM

    Here's an old post for Kitayama, in Newport Beach


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    1. re: I got nothin
      TonyC Jan 2, 2008 02:39 PM

      Tama prepped a kaiseki for NYE '07.. IIRC, it was avail for several days before and after actual NYE.

    2. SauceSupreme Jan 2, 2008 01:30 PM

      I've not been, but wouldn't Urasawa's dinner be considered kaiseki? Oh, wait, here's Prof Salt's response:


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        Diana Jan 2, 2008 10:42 AM

        I found Asanebo's omakase to be more of a Kaiseki dinner.

        1. tritip Jan 2, 2008 07:07 AM

          A traditional Kaiseki dinner is a seasonal multi-course meal, usually presented in the following form:

          Sakizuke: an appetizer similar to the French amuse-gueule.
          Hassun: the second course, which sets the seasonal theme. Typically one kind of sushi and several smaller side dishes.
          Mukozuke: a sliced dish of seasonal sashimi.
          Takiawase: vegetables served with meat, fish or tofu; the ingredients are simmered separately.
          Futamono: a "lidded dish"; typically a soup.
          Yakimono: Broiled seasonal fish.
          Su-zakana: a small dish used to clean the palate, such as vegetables in vinegar.
          Hiyashi-bachi: served only in summer; chilled, lightly-cooked vegetables.
          Naka-choko: another palate-cleanser; may be a light, acidic soup.
          Shiizakana: a substantial dish, such as a hot pot.
          Gohan: a rice dish made with seasonal ingredients.
          Ko no mono: seasonal pickled vegetables.
          Tome-wan: a miso-based or vegetable soup served with rice.
          Mizumono: a seasonal dessert; may be fruit, confection, ice cream, or cake.

          I've had Kaiseki meals both in Japan and in Northern California at Kaygetsu in Menlo Park. Kaygetsu was about $100/pp.

          There is some debate about the existence of a true Kaiseki restaurant in Southern California. Here's a link to a discussion from earlier this year:


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