Matsukawa 松川, (2016.07)
Matsukawa is my favorite Kaiseki restaurant in Tokyo, or arguably on the planet.A meal at Matsukawa always introduces all the best ingredients in season, top quality ingredients are prepared in the best and mostly simplest ways to allow the guests to sense the season. After experiencing the winter (2015) and spring (2016) at Matsukawa, i was so lucky to come back again in summer. Up to date, Matsukawa still ranks at the top among all the Japanese restaurants on Tabelog, with Kyoaji (京味) at the second. This is still my favorite Kaiseki places on the planet so far.
A marvelous dish to kick of the meal - perfectly steamed abalone served cold, rubbery and package of elegant umaminess. The combination of uni and jelly was out of world. The abalone liver sauce was another part that cannot be missed.
Another georgous dish that combinats flavors from the sea and land. Hamo was lightly-touched, served alongside fried sea cucumber ovaries with high flavors, the pritters on the side was incredibly crispy and sweet. What a delicious dish.
Incredibly soft, juicy and sweet. Die for.
Always surprised by Matsukawa's grilled dish. Succulent and flavorful top-quality turtle, served with sansho pepper powder on the side - SO GOOD!
Luscious deliciously grilled fig, literally hard to describe how juicy and sweet it is. The pairing of creamy walnut sauce was a bomb. The best fig dish so far.
Served in a ice block which was handmade by chef Matsukawa-san right before the dish was served, such a amazing work!
Matsukawa is not a soba-specialized restaurant but the soba dish here is always at top quality. I have eyeing on this summer-limited iced soba for a long while, finally had it and it is definitely worth mouth-watering for a long while. I don't mind to have it every time.
I am not a white rice person but i'm really obsessed with Matsukawa's white rice, always so soft and juicy with a lovely sweet aftertaste. What makes the rice much more dreamy is the fixed four condiments on the side - the best friend of Matsukawa's rice. Besides that, i was so excited to have my favorite seasonal produce Unagi (natural eel) at Matsukawa. It was served alongside the plain rice. First bowl of rice with the unagi, followed by another two bowls with the four delicious toppings. Diet always start on the second day :D
Fixed routine at Matsukawa was Mizuyokan, a kind of Yokan that is high in water contents. Matsukawa definitely lifts this traditional sweet to another level, it was pillow-soft and melted into liquid in my mouth within a second. Wonderful ending.