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Digest Kinu By Takagi Launches Kaiseki Lunch

Kinu By Takagi Launches Kaiseki Lunch

Kinu By Takagi Launches Kaiseki Lunch
Kinu by Takagi at the Mandarin Oriental hotel
By Pichaya Petrachaianan
By Pichaya Petrachaianan
October 20, 2020
Chef Takagi Kazuo presents fans with a six-course Kaiseki lunch menu

Kinu by Takagi, despite being a relatively new place, has become a destination for premium Japanese cuisine in the evenings. But with an inundation of requests for a lunch menu, the award-winning restaurant now offers the Kaiseki lunch. Served in courses similar to Western-style sit-down meals, Kaiseki is the Japanese haute-cuisine boasting the very best ingredients of each season. Before the season changes, Tatler Thailand visited the restaurant to experience its very first refreshing summer lunch menu.

Staff wearing the Japanese kimono
Staff wearing the Japanese kimono

Hidden behind the wall of Lord Jim's at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Kinu by chef Takagi Kazuo features Kyoto style cuisine with uncompromised quality. With only 10 seats, the place serves lunch at noon, ending the session at 2.30 pm sharp from Tuesday to Saturday. Like a theatre of fine culinary acts, you are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes prior, dressed in elegant attire.

Once arrived, you will first be seated in the waiting area with a glass of aromatic charred barley tea. At the appointed time, the pleasant staff in kimonos guide you into the dining area. Commencing the six-course meal is the Sakizuke, a soup featuring fresh ingredients from the Japanese sea, like the kuruma ebi, Hokkaido scallops and sea urchin with caviar. The mixture is served on glutenous tofu, and the texture so tantalising to the senses. Following the delicious appetiser is the Wanmori. Submerged under the light dashi, a turnip broth, are the fishball with shrimp and zucchini, completed with a drop of invigorating ginger juice.  

The first course, Sakizuke, with a generous portion of beluga caviar
The first course, Sakizuke, with a generous portion of beluga caviar

Next in line is the Tsukuri. Serving you the catch of the day, the chef prepares the fish raw together with tangy, homemade ponzu vinegar jelly and seaweed. The main course comes in a bento box holding an exciting selection of grilled fish and sushi. The duck breast sandwiched between fried lotus root discs is also not to be missed. Just as you are craving for more, the last savoury dish in the set fills you up. The rice bowl with tuna, squid and ikura with buttery pan-fried foie gras is very fulfilling without being overwhelming. Finish the meal with a wafu dessert, either the miso ice cream with sake jelly and Shine Muscat or hojicha ice cream served with peach jelly—depending on the day you go. 

Daily catch with homemade ponzu jelly
Daily catch with homemade ponzu jelly

The Kaiseki lunch is priced 4,500++ baht per person. For more information or to reserve a seat, visit mandarinoriental.com.

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