Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Japan Trip 9: Joël Robuchon Tokyo, Shabu Shabu

Japan Trip Day 9:

Tokyo being such a foodie city, we couldn't leave without having left without visiting the fancier end of town with all the Michelin star restaurants. Joël Robuchon's restaurant was the destination.

Yebisu Garden Place Cafe
Iced Tea
Drinks Bill
Time for lunch at Joël Robuchon's restaurant at Yebisu Garden Place in a beautiful French style chateau.

Table Place Setting
The Menu
Sea Urchin Served With Crustacean Jelly & Fennel Cream
Shrimps Cooked In Olive Oil W/ Guacamole & Fresh Tomato Coulis
Pork & Duck Liver Terrine Served W/ A Seasonal Salad
I don't really like liver and I've never tasted duck liver pate or terrine that I have enjoyed. I was expecting to not enjoy this course either but to my delight as I tried my first bite, it was absolutely delicious. The flavours worked together so well and the liver did not overly empower everything else. The best duck liver pate/terrine I have ever had by far.

Pan Fried Sea Bream Served W/ A Bouillabaisse Reduction, Sardinian Pasta
Beef Flank Accompanied W/ A Fresh Herb Salad & Mashed Potatoes
The beef was cooked perfectly and the mashed potatoes were so deliciously fluffy and lovely. Most definitely the best mashed potatoes I have ever had (and I'm generally not even a huge fan of potatoes in general)

Kyoho Grape Granite & Home Made Jam Served W/ A Mascarpone Mousse
Tea & Petit Fours

The food was excellent however the service was a bit slow. Overall, a fantastic meal and goes highly recommended. I can see why Joël Robuchon is considered one of the greatest chefs in the world.

For dinner, we wanted something light so settled on shabu shabu (Japanese Hotpot)

Half Spicy Half Chicken Soup Base
Lots Of Food Ready To Cook In The Soup
Shabu-Shabu is nomatopoeia - when you use your chopsticks to pick up the thin slices of raw meat and then dip it into the soup, as you swish the meat around in the soup to cook it, it makes a "shabu-shabu" sound.

Quite a simple and hearty but satisfying meal.

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