Every now and then, it’s nice to go to a high-end restaurant. You know, blow the budget a little and experience how the other half lives. ;-) One of my brothers has been a chef for over 10 years, and I think through him I’ve formed an appreciation of fine dining. We’ve eaten at some of the top restaurants in Sydney, Melbourne, and Hong Kong. And one thing is consistent, it’s all about the ‘dining experience’: soak up the atmosphere, appreciate the presentation of the dishes, breathe in the aromas, savour the tastes, and enjoy the food!
The other day, I went to Teppanyaki Kisentei, a restaurant in Tokyo Midtown, a complex in Roppongi that houses brand shops, offices, luxury apartments and restaurants as well as the Ritz-Carlton. Teppanyaki is another dining experience entirely. Having the chef actually cook right before your very eyes is exciting. He knows exactly what he’s doing, exactly how long to cook the food, how to season it without having to taste it, how to cut it, and present it. And he does it all with great finesse! His skills are on show for everyone to see. Our chef was definitely confident in what he was doing, but was by no means showing off. I liked his friendliness and how he interacted with the different diners but didn’t impose himself on us. The waiters were also lovely: relaxed, attentive and even cracked a casual joke or two.
We sat at a semi-circlular counter table. Behind the grill area was a romantic night view out over Roppongi. The young Japanese couple next to us were celebrating the guy’s birthday. When the cake came out, we all joined in singing happy birthday – it was so sweet and he loved it! The diner to our other side was a foreigner on his own. But he didn’t seem lonely at all. He was quietly enjoying his food. He was all about the ‘dining experience’ and his obvious contentment was infectious. As he stood up to leave, he turned to us and said we were about to eat the best food of our lives (or something like that). It made me smile.
A seat with a view, with a personal chef, with delicious food and good company… what more could you ask for!
More info about Teppanyaki Kisentei >> http://www.imahan.com/e-guide/kisentei_shop.html