Florilege (2016.01)

Hiroyasu Kawate, the chef-owner of Florilege, was recently awarded the winner of  'One to watch 2016‘ by S.Pellegrino. The restaurant moved to its new location last spring, it old place was occupied by 1*Abysse. A new menu is served at the reborned Florilege, the restaurant can fits around 22 diners at a time, except a semi-private room on the side, all the other 16 seats are at the counter and facing the open-kitchen. I had a lovely lunch at Florilege last September, this time, i am back for dinner. Only one set of menu is available

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Menu

Menu

Projection, Butterbur scape

Projection, Butterbur scape

Juice Pairing #1: Sparkling Grape Juice

Juice Pairing #1: Sparkling Grape Juice

Juice Pairing #3: Beet, strawberry, ginger

Juice Pairing #3: Beet, strawberry, ginger

The first dish was french toast made of spinach coated with matcha powder. Very moist but not very strong in neither spinach nor matcha flavor.

Juice Pairing #2: Yogurt, pear juice, yuzu

Juice Pairing #2: Yogurt, pear juice, yuzu

From wood and sea: Crab

From wood and sea: Crab

Next comes a soup dish - steamed mochi rice (glutinous rice) mixed with Kegani meat in Kegani bisque. The soup was incredibly umami, very fresh deep in flavor. The steamed rice was soft and slightly chewy. Satisfying.

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Contrast: Foie Gras

Contrast: Foie Gras

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The third dish was pan-seared foie gras, served with black truffle chiffon cake filled with lemon mousse.

We watched chef Hiroyasu Kawate preparing all the main ingredients for the hot dishes include this foie gras. It was quite delicate and not too heavy. The soft black truffle chiffon with sour and cold lemon mousse paired well with the foie gras. Despite the aromatic shaved French black truffle, the truffle vinaigrette perfectly made up the dish.

Bread 1: Steamed White ‘Mantou”

Bread 1: Steamed White ‘Mantou”

Bread #2: Sourdough

Bread #2: Sourdough

Soft shell turtle

Soft shell turtle

Soft shell turtle was sourced from Hamanako lake, it was prepared in two ways - braised shell with skin, and deep-fried meat. On the bottom was chawamushi in duck soup.

Juice Pairing #5: Carbonhydrated tameric spice, carrot, Mikan

Juice Pairing #5: Carbonhydrated tameric spice, carrot, Mikan

True nature: Prawn

True nature: Prawn

Next dish was a large, crispy Kuruma prawn served with fresh Hokkaido sea urchin, on the side was soft scrambled egg with cheese, served with prawn consomme. Loved the slightly burnt prawn skin especially the crisy prawn head.

Juice Pairing #6: Pear Juice, fermented rice wine, lime

Juice Pairing #6: Pear Juice, fermented rice wine, lime

Turnip puree

Turnip puree

‘WA’:Japanese taste, Flounder

‘WA’:Japanese taste, Flounder

The first main dish was grilled Hirame (flounder) with artichoke. The turnip puree was served by the table. The texuture of the fish was Quintessence-style, fork-tender in the center and crispy outside.

Hetero: Soft cod roe

Hetero: Soft cod roe

The soft and creamy shirako and crunchy soba noodle give a memorable contrast in texture. Shirako was nicely seared and flavored. While overall it was a bit oily.

Juice Pairing 8: Thyme, rosemary, Amazake

Juice Pairing 8: Thyme, rosemary, Amazake

To share: Duck

To share: Duck

The meat dish was to be shared with other guests. There were several meat dishes on served during our visit, such as this duck, chicken or beef, for either first-comers, returning guests or regulars. We had the duck.

To share: Duck, Red wine and duck blood sauce, celery root puree, lily bulb

To share: Duck, Red wine and duck blood sauce, celery root puree, lily bulb

The sliced duck meat was succlent and flavorful itself, the red wine and duck blood sauce paired very well with the duck meat. The celery root puree and lily bulb balanced the dish well. A more impressive dish of the night.

Refresh: Mandarin Orange

Refresh: Mandarin Orange

The first dessert, or a pre-dessert was mandarin orange mousse, good for palate cleansing.

Regeneration: Apple

Next dessert was vanilla mousse with sesame cookie, served with baked hot apple puree. Another dish with nice textures, the flavor was good.

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Good together: Persimmon

Good together: Persimmon

The last dessert of the night - caramel espuma, dried persimmon and burrata cheese.The iced milk brings a lovely iced touch to the dessert, the savory and sweet flavor works unexpectedly good.

Herb Tea

Herb Tea

Tea snack: Candied wild strawberry

Tea snack: Candied wild strawberry

The dishes were very creative and satisfying, the menu ran quite smooth throughout the meal. Everything was right to point but lack of some surprises, I didn't found any highlight among all the dishes. While considering its price during dinner and great juice pairing, which cost us 16k per head in total, it is considered really worth of value.


Visited: Late.Jan.2016 (Dinner) | Last Visit: Sep.2015

Address: B1 Seizan Gairn, 2-5-4, Jingumae, Shibuya ward, Tokyo

Hours:12pm-1:30om, 6:30-8pm

Cost: Lunch 6,000 / Dinner 11,500 (Juice pairing JPY 5,000)

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