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Jan 6, 2011 10:36 AM

Is there any traditional Kaiseki in Florida?

At all? Jax? Orlando? South FL? I don't know of any in Tampa...

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  1. I'd love to try a Kaiseki style meal as well, and I've been asking around about this since you posted last time.

    Google draws a big goose egg, and most of the people (restaurant owners/cooks/chefs) in the Tampa area that I've spoken to either didn't know what I was talking about, or didn't know of any venue in Florida that serves it, or outright stated that they were unable to do it properly.

    I was debating on emailing the director of the cultural outreach group of the Morikami Museum in Delray Beach, to see if someone there might have some info.

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    1. re: deet13

      You should do that, seeing as how I don't know who that is ;)

      1. re: askdrtodd

        Heh, sorry. The Morikami is a Japanese Garden and Museum in Delray Beach, that I took my son to last year.

        They give demonstrations on how to perform traditional tea ceremonies. They also do large dinner parties in the garden as well.

        I just got a return mail from one of the ladies who works there, and she said that she would check into it for me...

      1. re: juli5122

        Yup, best option. I think Nobu South Beach does something along these lines as well

        South Beach
        777 Gulf Blvd, Boca Grande, FL 33921

        1. re: juli5122

          NAOE is spectacular, but he does more of an Omakase bento box with nigiri afterwords, I assumed Nobu and NAOE were my best bets, but I was hoping for something else? I remember the Omakase at Shari in Orlando was in the ballpark, but still far from Kaiseki. Great meal though if you've never tried it, 7 or 8 courses and a real treat.

        2. I read the Chef is trained in Kaiseki Rhori (Not sure if I spelled that correctly :) ) I wonder if you could special request the meal in advance.

          1. The only authentic Japanese restaurant I've found so far in Orlando has "Restaurant Kaiseki" on their menu. They are on International Drive.