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Restaurant Mitsunobu in Menlo Park

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I've just started hearing buzz about the new Restaurant Mitsunobu, which just opened in the past several days where Kaygetsu closed. It is said to rival or even surpass the finest Japanese restaurants in the world, including Japan. Has anyone eaten here or know more about this place? I would love to hear what you thought.

Here's their temporary website, http://web.me.com/kmitsunobu/Site/Res.... Looks like they do a $75 prix fixe dinner menu and also have a la carte dinner and lunch.

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Kaygetsu Restaurant
325 Sharon Park Dr Ste A2, Menlo Park, CA 94025

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  1. this is serious praise indeed. what is the source?

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    1. re: ckshen

      A few friends were buzzing about it here down in the south peninsula, but I couldn't find any press on it yet, besides a few blurbs that Kaygetsu was closing and Mitsunobu was slated to open in its place.

      The praise I mentioned was from reviews on Yelp, http://www.yelp.com/biz/mitsunobu-men...

      Thanks!

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      Kaygetsu Restaurant
      325 Sharon Park Dr Ste A2, Menlo Park, CA 94025

      Mitsunobu
      325 Sharon Park Dr, Menlo Park, CA 94025

    2. Thanks for the heads up. Good to know they welcome children.

      http://web.me.com/kmitsunobu/Site/Des...

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      1. re: ceekskat

        DH and I dined here last night. A very good meal.
        We didn't choose the prix fixe although we had a few items off that list.

        We ordered:
        Seafood Clay Pot Rice (Saffron, Rice Angel Shrimp, Clam, Kinki, Ailoi) - This was very creamy and decadent.

        Hon Maguro & Sweet Shrimp Tartar Hokkai Uni, Quail Egg, Wasabi, Chive - good but I think you can taste the components better when served separately - small portion

        Uni & Maitake Jidori Egg Chawanmushi - good but not as special as I expected - a much looser custard than the one at Fuki sushi

        Chef Aoki’s Sampler (Japanese Vegetable Sampler) - this visit had carrots/burdock root served warm, spinach with sesame served cold, and hijiki with lotus root (I think it was lotus root)

        Tasmanian Ocean Trout <Poached/Broiled> Pepper Sauce, Asparagus, Shimeji Mushroom, Burdock - a beautiful presentation of petite carved veggies over a delicious mound of dried bonito ground up a bit - looked like a mini forest over a small hill. trout was good - but the flavor is much stronger when served raw I think....DH liked it - he's not much for raw seafood.

        Sake - we ordered the sake that was paired from the Prix fix menu - don't remember the name of it - but it was quite good - I have never liked sake before having this one - I am not a convert to good sake...what a difference!

        Desserts:
        Jidori Tamago Flan served with Japanese Molasses - best flan I have ever had - creamy - perfect flavor and texture - the molasses was incredible deep in flavor
        Yuzo Sorbet with ginger and jalapeno - you should go for no other reason than to get this dessert - we loved it. Very unusual and great on a hot day

        Total bill was $150 out the door - they do add a 18% tip automatically. Very attentive and knowledgeable service.Our server was able to answer all our questions and teach us a few new things as well.

        1. re: takuhead

          Mmm, thanks for the detailed first-mouth report!

          Has anyone else tried Mitsunobu?

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            any new or somewhat recent notice on Sawa Sushi ???

          2. re: takuhead

            Were you ever at Kaygetsu? How does it compare? I know it's a different style of food....

            1. re: bbulkow

              I have been to Kaygetsu - only once though - 5 years ago - got the extended menu that time - most amazing Japanese meal I've ever had. The quality was as good - just not quite as remarkable as that earlier meal.

              The presentation alone was the most beautiful food I had ever seen....the plates, the colors, textures, etc...

              But the service was similarly good and informative - and we felt that we had a memorable and well spent money-wise dinner = this was one of our more expensive outings for just two - can't wait to go again :)

        2. Has anybody reading this been to both Mitsunobu and Wakuriya?

          I went to Kaygetsu years ago and liked-but-did-not-love.
          Wakuriya, on the other hand, I found transcendent.

          So I'm curious how this new place compares to Wakuriya...