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by Shauna333

Review: This was one of the best meals of my life and although expensive, I cannot wait to go back to try it again! I visited kamakura on a national holiday (Labour Thanksgiving Day), and was so keen and excited about this restaurant that I booked it a couple of months in advance via their website (google translate was very helpful here!) and got an email back to confirm (this went to my spam, so ensure you double check and don't miss out). I confirmed just before leaving for my holiday and was so glad. The day I went, Kamakura was packed with visitors. I found the restaurant easily using the instructions and photos given here and on their website, but when I went in I was told they are full, sorry. I was upset, and took out my printed confirmation and said I had a reservation and from nowhere a Japanese man came out shouting my name to welcome me! It is definitely worth booking I was seated in a large room with about 10 other diners, all Japanese. Ladies in traditional kimono served us. I went for the sakura oprion, which was the biggest and most expensive (I thought it was once in a lifetime). A reay of food was bought out and each time I finished a bowl, it was taken away and something replaced it. The food kept coming and I was worried about how much more there could be! It was so filling - I had this for lunch and was full for the rest of the day. Everything was beautiful, everything was delicious and the things they did with familiar (and unfamiliar) beans and vegetables was incredible. The bean plate was the best - they had all been cooked in different ways and I didn't want it to end. The meal consisted of vegetables and grilled shiitake, sesame tofu with wasabi, deep-fried tofu and fried bean curd skin, simmered pumpkin,vegetable filled yuba (amazing!), boiled beans, fried okra dipped mugwort, plum fruit wine aperitif, miso soup, rice and Japanese apple for afters. You had unlimited green tea, but it was extremely bitter and you could order additional drinks if you wished. The sakura meal was huge, but worth the Y4389 as it was incredible. Kamakura is one of my favourite places in Japan, and this meal gives more reasons to keep going back!


Posted by Shauna333 on Sunday, April 28, 2013
Just a small update, as I went back in March 2013. The 3 menu options are still available, and I went for the sakura menu again (how could I resist?!). It had changed to include seasonal options, but was just as delicious as before.

I went on a non-national holiday and it was much quieter. I still emailed ahead to book and had a lovely seat by the window looking over the gardens. I enjoyed the meal very much and also had a glass of yuzu juice, which the staff allowed me to try first as I had never had it before.

I love Kamakura very much and this is always part of a beautiful day there.
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