Authentic Japanese Kaiseki restaurant Roketsu has launched its debut site in London with the celebrated Chef Daisuke Hayashi at the helm.
Chef Daisuke Hayashi is one of the only masters of the Kaiseki tradition globally and in what will be a rare first for London, will be introducing this lesser-known form of Japanese dining to residents and guests visiting the U.K. capital.
Kaiseki dining, originally a traditional meal served to Buddhist monks at tea ceremonies, is a ten-course set menu centred around dashi (Japanese stock) and is guided by the flavours of seasonal ingredients.
Offering one of the most exclusive dining experiences across London, the restaurant is made up of just ten seats at the counter with a maximum of 16 diners per night. Guests can expect to be taken on a journey through unique and innovative dishes, each drawing from Japanese tradition yet incorporating Western techniques. The menus will change monthly, intimately following the seasons, and are priced at £190 per person. The meal is three hours long from start to finish.
Daisuke Hayashi trained at the triple Michelin starred and world-renowned Kaiseki restaurant Kikunoi in Kyoto from the age of eighteen as a protégé of the owner and chef Yoshihiro Murata. Today Daisuke is at the forefront of the next generation of Japanese chefs applying a modern, progressive approach to Japanese food.
Example winter menu
Sekihan-mushi, chervil root, red mullet, yuba, bekko-an
Kuromame, kazunoko, tazukuri, tataki-gobo, ogawa-karasumi, kohaku-namasu, ume-ninjin, ume-kabura, smoked salmon tsubaki-zushi
Cornish ikejime seabass, lobster
Toro, yuzu kimi-jyoyu, Japanese mustard
Parsnip, quail, truffle-an
House smoked chalk stream trout, horseradish miso, walnut
Black Chalk Dancer in Pink granité
Cornish crab, pear, air-dried onion, carrot, fennel, yuzu, dill
Barbary duck kamo-nabe, leek
Ikura gohan, turnip soup, pickles
Matsukaze, Kyobancha ice cream
Drinks have been put together by sommelier Ryosuke Mashio who prior to Roketsu spent 13 years as head sommelier at Michelin starred Umu in London, where he played a very important role in creating and maintaining the award-winning wine list.
Over 70 sakes are available by the bottle, including two sakes imported exclusively for the restaurant – Kikunoi and Echigoryu as well as over 20 available by the glass. In addition, Ryosuke can advise on the menu of 350 different wines on-site, ranging from classic to rare and sought-after names.
Sake and wine pairing are on offer at £95, Prestige sake and wine pairing at £200, and non-alcoholic pairing at £75 to fully enjoy the drinks range in the restaurant.
Roketsu offers a place to discover or rediscover the excellence of sake and wine through a unique dining experience.
Kenichi Kakuta is the restaurant manager whose C.V. spans diverse experience in the industry. Kenichi previously worked for the renowned Hakkasan restaurant group, including overseeing the Chrysan and Sake no Hana openings. He has also consulted for several high profile restaurant openings such as Kouzu, Japan House London, Tokimeite and Cube Mayfair.
Inside the restaurant
The pared-back and streamlined interior at Roketsu has been made in Kyoto and shipped to London and assembled by the craftsmen from Nakamura Sotoji Komuten*, one of the world’s leading experts in the Sukiya style architecture using Japanese hinoki wood, preserved for over 100 years in Kyoto.
An additional downstairs private dining room seating six people will open in March.
Roketsu – Where and how?
The Kaiseki 10 course menu is priced at £190 per person.
Opening hours: 18:00 – 23:00, Tuesday to Saturday
12 New Quebec Street,
Tel: 020 3149 1227
For more information on Roketsu, visit their official website www.roketsu.co.uk.
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