Saturday, April 07, 2007

Umeboshi plums and soft shell crabs

Our long Easter weekend began with a gloriously luxe meal at Japanese restaurant Matsuri in Holborn last night. Although Japanese food is our favourite, we haven't eaten here in eighteen months. The best Japanese restaurant I've eaten at is the ultra contemporary and buzzy Roka in Fitzrovia, where M took me for my birthday last year. My second best experience is the eye-wateringly expensive and sublime Umu in Mayfair, which we visited last December. This is followed by Kikuchi tucked away on Hanway Street, where we've eaten several times. The food at this tiny restaurant is of fantastic quality yet very reasonable and most of the diners are Japanese. And then there's Matsuri, which is an elegant, refined dining experience and as good as I remember from our previous visit.

A selection of Japanese pickles.

The best soft-shell crab we've both ever eaten in London.

Agedashi tofu.

Assorted king prawn and vegetable tempura.

Assorted sashimi.

Buttersoft, rare Scottish fillet steak.

Plus green tea ice cream, Sakura cocktail and plum wine to finish.

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