The restaurant feels formal, perhaps a bit stiff. It’s very quiet. But when you are served the ‘wine Bible’ life seems altogether brighter.
First up was an array of colourful tempura crisps with some airy light little finger foods. Then came the infamous ‘caramelised Russian salad’, vegetables and eggs bound together with mayonnaise and encased in a crisp candied disc. Then soft slippery sea urchins in a delicate sweet broth.
Continuing with the sugary theme, the next course was a surprisingly tasty creme brûlée of sea snails Then veal heart and fois gras sprinkled with Hawaiian black salt. Then, stockfish liver with raisins and pinenuts.
This was perhaps one of my favourite courses of the night, this tomato spaghetti dish encompassed the bold balanced flavour combinations of good Italian cooking. And things got better with the next course of miso risotto, brimming with umami flavours, red mullet and green tea. For the main, we were served pigeon three different ways (underneath the center béchamel is a pink piece of breast). Considering the sweet starters, our first dessert was an earthy bowl of bone marrow, beans and chocolate. Followed by cleansing bowl of lemon and sake something (unfortunately I didn’t pick up the full description!). Lastly we had chocolate beans, coconut, wasabe, with white chocolate, peas and caramel biscuit, before rounding off the meal with a glass of sweet wine.