March 2, 2014 4 Comments
My two favourite Japanese restaurants in London are Dinings and Yashin (in that order). Both are generous with the citrus and easy on the soy. I know that the executive chef at Dinings (Masaki Sugisaki ) worked at Nobu and that Nobu Matsuhisa was heavily influenced by Nikkei cuisine (a symbiosis of Japanese and Peruvian food). So it is with very high expectations that I walk into Pakta on a sunny Saturday afternoon. That and it’s taken me over a month (as usual) to get a table at this Adria brothers spot (no it’s not your imagination, they do seem to own every restaurant worth going to in Barcelona).
There are two prix fix menus to choose from: the Fujiyama (€90 VAT included) and the Machu Picchu (€120 VAT included). We opt for the latter and begin with the Honzen Ryori. Which is an elaborately arranged tray of 5 small dishes the like of ‘Avocado tofu with sea urchin, yuzu and wasabi’ and ‘sweet corn cream with caviar’. There are different spoons for different dishes and an order in which the 5 dishes should be eaten. There are so many instructions to follow that our server uses a baton to point to the dishes as she explains what’s what, what’s first and with what – oh and don’t eat the tuft of leaves which is just a tuft of leaves. Read more of this post