Food is an amazing thing. Especially if it is a totally different cuisine. Far from the norm. Getting to eat different types of food has always helped me appreciate other cultures and their contributions to the world.
I have always wanted to go to Japan. I still do and I will go to Japan in the near future. Can’t blame me for hoping godzilla exists! But before I arrange all my travel documents, I had the chance to visit the next best thing to Japan-Tokyo Restaurant. Located on Kolloh Road in Lavington, Tokyo is undeniably one of the finest Japanese restaurants in the country. From the minute I walked in, the friendly staff, who looked excited to receive me besides the fact they didn’t know who I was, made me feel welcome. I was impressed. I didn’t even have to sit down before being shown to my reserved table where I waited for my colleagues to arrive.
I have a confession. I had never eaten sushi before let alone used chopsticks in my life. And to be honest, I was bit cautious. Lucky for me, my waiter saved me and trained me on the art of using these weapons. In no time I was feeling like a sensei. As I walked around this fine establishment, more and more guests came in by the minute. Tokyo is really popular and I know why.
Once my colleagues had arrived, we decided to sit outside. Their outdoor lighting makes any sad or lonely person feel in love. The lights on the trees and the candles on the tables gave of an intimate setting. Tokyo should be considered an ideal location for couples on their first date, second date or all their dates or small social after-work gatherings.
Seats were taken and we were ready to take on their saké. Saké, is rice wine. I didn’t know you could make wine out of rice. But seeing vodka is from potatoes, there must be a drink that cabbage creates. Served in a saké jar, this had to be the first warm wine I had ever tasted. One shot, two shot, three shot, four and the night was off to great start.
As we got lost in conversation, our meal arrived. Sushi and Sashimi on a boat. The head chef and owner, Mr. Shin was on hand to explain what the meal was. A pleasant surprise I might add. When the chef personally sees to your satisfaction, you have no excuse to not plan another outing. While we awed at the meal before and took photo’s for Instagram, a bottle of Taittinger brut champagne was upon us. Sushi and champagne people. Sushi and champagne!
Now I know that sounds a little bit out of the norm but it actually isn’t. Champagne, in our case, Taittinger Brut, complimented the sushi in the most unique of ways. The champagne opens up your taste buds and allows full expression to the aroma and texture of the raw fish. In simpler terms, it makes you feel and enjoy the flavour of the fish more than you would expect. Tokyo have partnered with Taittinger Champagne where you can enjoy a glass of Taittinger Brut for as little as Ksh. 2000 per glass. Each glass will be accompanied with range of complimentary bitings for you to choose from. If you buy the whole bottle? More sushi for you!
For a first time sushi meal, I was impressed. I am a believer in sushi. I enjoyed everything from the black dragon, the prawns and the sashimi. Who knew octopus could taste so good?! Their fish was fresh. Amazingly fresh and we almost found ourselves battling it out for the last prawn. The wasabi and soy sauce gave it all a refreshing taste. The red snapper was my favourite. It was like heaven came down and rested on my tongue. Absolutely amazing. The tuna and avocado salad was a pleaser. The avocado complimented the fish and blended in all so well.
If you have never been to Tokyo, you must visit. You will feel welcome and your tummy will be grateful that you did. Massive thanks to Mr. Shin and his exceptional team for having us. Dōmo arigatō!
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