Sometimes you need to travel to another side of the world to get answers to your questions. And the question I’ve been asking myself was – what had happened to Umu, my favorite Japanese restaurant in London, which has changed for the worse ever since it’s head chef, Ichiro Kubota left. Ichiro san is back to his home country and is now running a one Michelin star kaiseki restaurant at Hoshinoya ryokan in Kyoto. The luxury ryokan is a mix of the traditional Japanese inn, modern design and untouched natural surroundings, so typical to the Japanese aesthetics and the world view. And the modern kaiseki dinner at one of the ryokan’s private dinning rooms transported me to “good old days” of Umu in London. Who could have thought!
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