Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Lunch at Kanikousen

Yesterday was my friend Penny's birthday and she decided to celebrate by inviting a group of us along to Kanikousen, a fab Japanese restaurant in Hibiya, specialising in crab meat. The restaurant is decorated in the traditional Japanese style, with stone pathways leading you over a wooden bridge to individual private tea rooms. This is quite disconcerting when you realise you are actually on the 9th floor of an office block! We had our own room, where shoes were taken off before entering and a polite kimono-clad waitress knocked on the door each time before entering. Luckily we were able to order the set meal, so didn't have to deal with translating the menu with our random knowledge of hiragana and katakana, and it was scrumptious!

The room was decked out in tatami mats, a lacquered table and little seat backs resting on the floor. There was also a foot well, so no kneeling necessary - phew!

 Our waitress kindly helped us through the drinks menu.......

 We each received a tray with a wonderful selection of tempura, sushi, gyoza, miso soup, as well as others....

 We had an individual room, but there were also open rooms that you got to via a stone pathway.

Stepping stones leading through the restaurant.

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