Goryukubo (豪龍久保), 2016.02
Goryukubo is one of my favorite Kaiseki place in Tokyo. It was opened in 2013 by the owner-chef Kubo-san and was soon be honored Michelin two star. The restaurant located in Nishi-azabu, it takes about 10 mintues' walk from Roppongi station.
I have been to Goryukubo once last October and was quite impressive with the food. The dishes at Goryukubo are served in a similar style as Matsukawa, although the later one is still my favorite.
The first two dishes didn't impressed me much. While the chawanmushi was very silky and delicious, the grilled Shirako gives a burst of umami to the dish. Loved its super creamy center.
I love Karasumi, or drilled mullet roe. It was quite salty on its own, but the sweetness of the grilled mochi (rice cake) well-balanced the high flavor. Grilled Konoko (sea cucumber's ovaries) was too awesome as well as the fugu jelly.
I always enjoy all the clear soup base in Japan, looks simple but deep inside. The aroma of grilled skin of Amadai goes into the soup thus the entire bowl was no doubt memerable. The flesh was tender and delicious.
Sashimi consists of Tai fish and Ika and i requested for sea urchin when i made the reservation because this was my last meal before leaving Tokyo for Shanghai. Tai was quite fresh while the flavor was not really expectional, i much prefer the incredibly creamy squid sashimi which also showcases Chef Kubo-san's amazing knife work. Hokkaido uni was fresh and creamy.
Buri was quite rich in oil contents because it was its high season. Chef Kubo-san slightly seared its skin to enhance its aroma and texture. Followed by steamed black abalone which was very tender, simple but umami.
The most enjoyable part of the meal was definitely the grilled dishes. The grilled Unagi (eel) i had last time was serisouly one of the best i have ever had, the texture, the flavor...certainly to be remembered. Sadly unagi was not in season this time, i had grilled kinki fish and nodoguro instead. Both have very crispy skin and succulent center, very delicious but i missed the unagi i had last time.
The last dish before serving rice was simmered sawara with Kyoto tofu. Even it was served with Japanese Shoyu sauce, the taste was kinda bland for my liking (not hard to tell from its looking tho).
Steamed new harvest rice with Koubako-seiko crab and mountain vegetables to fill myself up, i was actually quite full before serving the rice, thus i only had one serve of the rice (about two bites) because i know there are still soba coming.
I still finished the red miso soup with Hameiko mushroom because the texture was so good - the cold soba soup with Hameiko last time was really good too. This time i had cold soba served with soba soy sauce and sliced scallions, personally prefer the previous version.
Since this year the menu has been changed to higher prices of 25,000 and 35,000 yen, i had the 35,000 menu and the final bill comes over 40,000 after tax and service charge. Despite of the high quality of dishes served, compare to Matsukawa (35,000 yen include ++) , or other famous kaiseki places such as Ishikawa(18,000++yen), i don't think it is THAT worth of value. To be honest the food didn't surprised me much this time, although my first visit was amazing, this is probably due to the seasonal ingredients. Overall, Goryukubo definitely serves solid-two-star dishes a great kaiseki place shouldn't be missed.