King crab is delicious. Japanese food is delicious. So, why wouldn’t our first meal in Tokyo be delicious as well? Unfortunately, because all four of us would have to order the same menu, we weren’t able to try snow crab or Matsuzaka beef. Still, what we did have was delicious, and a wonderful spectacle to watch.
Soft Cooked Rice w/ Mullet Roe and Grilled Mochi) The first dish was a great start to the meal. While we’re all a bit on the fence about mullet roe, the saltiness definitely complimented the rice and the smoky mochi.
Flying Fish Sashimi Marinated in Soy and Flying Fish Fat) Soy mixed with fish fat doesn’t sound too appealing, but this was delicious. Firm fish with a lightly salty and fatty to bolster the mild flying fish flavor.
Salmon, Maitake, Tofu) Such a perfect example of both the simplicity and the elegance of Japanese food presentation.
Smoked Salmon Wrapped in Daikon
Grilled Maitake w/ Miso
Mochi Tofu w/ Persimmon, Ginko, Walnut Sauce
Grilled Sea Bass w/ Roasted Taro, Deep Fried Ginko Nuts) I’ve never had taro like this before, but it was surprising how good it was with the perfectly grilled sea bass.
Live King Crab) There’s something mesmerizing about watching someone dispatch and portion up a live king crab about the size of a basketball. And our chef was very perceptive. After seeing my mom’s hesitation to eat the raw crab leg, he came over without a word and briefly boiled it for her. Then, as we were nearing the end of the meal, he intentionally gave her less crab we cause he could tell that she was full. That’s pretty impressive.
Basket on an induction burner
Massive King Crab
Boiling the legs
Cleaning the leg meat
Presentation for the raw crab
Par-boiling the legs
Boiled knuckle meat with sudachi
This is how not to waste sudachi
Ripping off the head
Preparing the head meat
Crab: Belly, Heart, Head
Grilled leg meat
Make-Your-Own Donburi) It wasn’t until we went to Tsukiji that I realized how expensive fresh ikura really is…this was a luxurious spread, but after all the crab, I was sad that we weren’t able to finish all of it.
Ikura and Sukiyaki
Small fish and pickles
Pudding w/ Caramelized Pommelo)
Chestnut & Red Bean Jelly)
Kani Kitafuku was a great start to our stay in Tokyo. They offer other meal choices such as snow crab and Matsuzaka beef, but there’s no way the rest of my family would have been able to eat all of that extra food.