Modern kaiseki at Den

Special Den's salad
Special Den’s salad

You don’t need to feel as if you are dining at a temple is the motto of Zaiyu Hasegawa, the chef of a modern kaiseki restaurant called Den (2-2-32 Kandajinbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; tel.03-3222-3978 ). His “counter” restaurant has  2 Michelin stars and ranks very high on the Japanese language site tabelog.com. Nothing surprising about that – apart of the really delicious food , you will also have a really good time at Den. Zaiyu’s san cooking  is inventive and playful, yet it’s not just a game. No compromises are made when the quality of the ingredients is concerned and the cooking techniques (Japanese and French) are mastered to perfection.

The images below are from my two recent dinners, so some dishes might look similar…

The entrace
The entrance
Foie gras waffle with Japanese persimmon and smoked radish
Foie gras waffle with Japanese persimmon and smoked radish
Foie gras waffle with Japanese persimmon and smoked radish
Foie gras waffle with Japanese persimmon and smoked radish
Clam, soy milk skin, seasonable vegetable and seaweed
Clam, soy milk skin, seasonable vegetable and seaweed
White asparagus tofu and egg cooked in low temperature
White asparagus tofu and egg cooked in low temperature
Sea urchin sashimi and baby shrimp
Sea urchin sashimi and baby shrimp
Special "KFC" chicken, stuffed with Korean style rice
Special “KFC” chicken, stuffed with Korean style rice
Special "KFC" chicken, stuffed with Korean style rice
Special “KFC” chicken, stuffed with Korean style rice
Trout smoked with cherry blossom,homemade miso and leaf
Trout smoked with cherry blossom,homemade miso and leaf
My next dish dining accessories
My next dish dining accessories
Potatoes
Potatoes
Red seabream
Red sea bream with bamboo,Japanese pepper sauce with butter
Wild plants from mount Fuji, duck meat
Wild plants from mount Fuji, duck meat
Wild plants from mount Fuji
Wild plants from mount Fuji
Japanese beef
Japanese beef
Japanese beef
Japanese beef
Japanese beef with rice
Japanese beef with rice
Japanese beef with rice
Japanese beef with rice
Cheese mousse, green and roasted tea, buckwheat nut
Cheese mousse, green and roasted tea, buckwheat nut
"Pina colada" dessert
“Pina colada” dessert
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Den is one of the very rare high end restaurants in Tokyo where one of the sous chefs is a woman
Den is one of the very rare high end restaurants in Tokyo where one of the sous chefs is a woman
Zaiyu Hasegawa and part of the team
Zaiyu Hasegawa and the team
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