HAJIME - Osaka
We had quite a divine lunch at HAJIME recently. After a heavy meal at IPPOH the night before, I thought it would have been too much to schedule a lunch the next day at Hajime. But that was the only day they could accommodate us during our visit to Osaka.
I wish I had known that jacket was required for gentlemen, even on weekend lunch. But the host was very gracious in giving us jackets to loan (mine was quite stylish, actually).
There is only one menu -- without prices.
Here's what we had:
(not listed on the menu):
Egg yolk with almond on egg shell
66 kinds of seasonal vegetable with shellfish foam
Foie gras with hazelnut pastry and pumpkin puree
Roast lamb with rosemary
Popcorn ice cream
Pear in brown butter with cacao sorbet
There is not a single dish that was not wonderful. Each one is perfectly balanced and at Y7875 per person, the lunch was quite a deal.
The restaurant has a darkish, contemporary feel. There are probably only 8 tables or so with a private dining room. Out of the 8, there were 4 tables celebrating birthdays. Service was fabulous.