It is almost thirty years since I first traveled to Japan.
Had never heard of Sushi , let alone any other Japanese food type.
How the world has changed, Japanese restaurants have mushroomed in my hometown of New Delhi. Sushi has become a mainstay of all buffets in fancy hotels and a must like for all socialites ( read Page 3) . I have even seen Sushi bars in the malls. Is the day far when they are available along with momos at every street cafe ?
Now in Sakura, New Delhi celebrating “Kanto Matsuri” , the pole lantern festival .
The Red Lanterns and colour red seem to be the main theme of this restaurant serving Japanese cuisine, located on the first floor within the Metropolitan Hotel , New Delhi.
A well stocked bar with the sea food prominently displayed on the counter.
We were however the ‘only foreigners’ in this restaurant, all the tables were occupied by Japanese guests.
An introduction to the festival of lanterns and the menu( by the talented chefs ) for the evening was placed on every table.
A unique feature in many parts of the Far East including Japan is the display of “faux food”. Thus only for looking, not eating .
Sea Food is a cornerstone of Japanese cuisine . The various types are displayed in the restaurant .
salmon ( peach coloured) is on the extreme right.
The vegetarian and non vegetarian menus.I kept a careful watch so as not to miss a course.
I love Edamame beans.The tofu ( extreme left) was super soft and simply melted away in the mouth. Japanese momos ( Yaki Gyoza) are in the centre.
Can any food be complete without drinks ? Beer seemed to very popular amongst all the guests.
The sauce with the salad was fantastic.
Sushi has become the chic food now.
The Miso soup was a surprise add-on by the chef . It was not listed on the printed menu.
Japanese cuisine is always aesthetically presented and looks like a piece of art.
The tempura.( similar to the Indian pakoras) Did the faux tempura look better? Please do comment.
Hot noodle soup or Shoyu Ramen.
I was ready to burst. Skipped the ice cream and the tea as well.But you can have it.
Sayonara. Leave you with more of the colour Red.( picture is straight off the camera, no filters, no editing)