Published On: Sun, Nov 23rd, 2014
Food | By Dion

Experiencing Kaiseki Ryori



If you have extra budgets to spend and you want to experience sophisticated and haute culinary experience, you should try Kaiseki Ryori. Not only you will get unique culinary experience that you won’t find in other places, you also have the opportunity to try different cuisines that will enrich your culinary knowledge and insight. If you are an adventurous person who is ready for any kind of challenge and you want to get to the details of an interesting culinary moments.


About Kaiseki Ryori

As it was mentioned before, Kaiseki Ryori is basically sophisticated Japanese haute cuisine in multi course style. The style originated from centuries ago where it started as simple meals that will be presented during tea ceremony event. However, as time passes by, the cuisine started to develop and it became an elaborate – as well as rather complicated – dining style that is performed among the aristocrats and royal circle. If you are staying in a ryokan, such dining is generally presented and you can enjoy it there. But if you want to experience the cuisine without having to stay in the ryokan, feel free to visit high end restaurants – but keep in mind that you will have to prepare rather large budgets.



The Unique Aspect

Another thing that makes Kaiseki Ryori different from the others is the fact that they are generally styled and served in prescribed order. The most regular one is to use common Japanese cooking techniques, but it doesn’t mean that kaiseki chefs have limited techniques and freedom with their cooking. In fact they are free to replace, add, or omit courses – generally depending on the highlight and special season, regional delicacies, and also personal preference or style.


The Courses for Kaiseki Meal

For Kaiseki meal, these are the most common courses often included:

For starter, you can have:

  • Shokuzen shu, which is the local alcohol or sweet wine
  • Appetizers, series of long dishes in bite sized

For main course, you can have:

  • Soup, which is a simple broth with tofu, seafood, or veggie garnish
  • Sashimi, which is raw fish that is served in thin size on Japanese radish, accompanied by wasabi and soya sauce
  • Nimono or boiled dish, which is generally consisting of stewed veggies and seafood or meat
  • Yakimono or grilled dish, generally grilled meat or fish
  • Deep fried dish, commonly tempura
  • Steamed dish, which is generally tasty egg custard with fish stock
  • Vinegar dish, generally consists of seafood and veggies in vinegar sauce.



Shokuji, consisting of pickles, miso soup, and rice served in between desserts and main course. Of course, the there are several variants of it, like rice porridge or rice with barley is often used to replace the white rice. The pickles can also available as pickled plum, pickled Chinese cabbage, or pickled daikon radish.

For the desert, you can enjoy fresh fruits, either seasonal or local pick. Other light desserts are also used to balance out the meal you have consumed from the previous eating session. Expect to enjoy light desserts like sorbet for your Kaiseki Ryori experience.


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