Postcards from Tokyo: All about food A clear broth of matsutake mushrooms with slices of pike eel A Halloween store display in Yoku Moku Of the many diversions and delights Tokyo has to offer, having a fine or hearty meal and sampling a variety of sweets are among the highlights of my visits to this city. Let’s start with a restaurant that I come back to year after year. Mutsukari at the Pony Building in Ginza offers a kaiseki dinner — a traditional multi-course meal considered the pinnacle of fine dining. The 10-course dinner is served in a contemporary setting where an open kitchen takes center stage. Here, chef Yoshihisa Akiyama weaves his magic — each course is served in beautifully crafted Japanese stoneware or glass plates and presented like a work of art. The menu is created with seasonal ingredients in mind. The chef uses a variety of organic vegetables purchased from local producers or taken from his garden. Coming to Tokyo at the end of summer, matsutake mushrooms were in season. Its earthy flavor was infused in a clear broth enhanced with nuggets of pike eel. The medley of appetizers included a savory egg custard, mashed potato… Read full this story
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