Nihonyori RyuGin

Tokyo, June 2010 – By chance and perseverance, we were able to get a last minute reservation at Nihonyori RyuGin. We felt extremely fortunate – since it was one of the most unforgettable meals in Tokyo for us. When we visited RyuGin, it was ranked #48 in World’s Best Restaurants list 2010 – no small feat.

RyuGin Fishes_new

Opened in 2003, RyuGin’s Chef Seiji Yamamoto brought kaiseki (multiple courses of small dishes using seasonal ingredients, originating from Kyoto) to a new level, with use of modern techniques while retaining a sense of tradition in his cuisine. It was kaiseki at its finest with the freshest ingredients and artistic innovation.

RyuGin Single Fish_new

The most memorable courses for us were also Chef Yamamoto’s signature dishes. One was the Swimming Ayu fishes. The grilled ayu fishes were brought to our table on a charcoal burner adorned with bamboo leaves. The presentation was gorgeous; then came the “river” in the form of raked salt on rustic rectangular stone pottery.

RuGin Fiishes Swimming_new

The server diligently placed two delicate fishes into the river, and drizzled beni-tade sauce (a concoction using red water pepper) on the side. The dish came alive! It resembled two fishes swimming in a stream. I felt it was quite zen-like and very poetic!

RyuGin Apple_new

Mr. King and I were in awe when the dessert arrived in the form of a crystallized apple. In fact, it is called “196 Degree Celsius Candied Apple”. The inside was cold apple powdered sorbet. Since we were not exposed to much molecular gastronomy at the time, we were blown away by the technique in the preparation of this dessert and the unique and beautiful appearance.

The Michelin 3 stars RyuGin is also ranked #5 Asia’s Best Restaurants 2016 and #29 world’s Best Restaurants 2015, although it had once ranked #3 in the world.

Whenever my friends ask for Tokyo restaurants recommendations, RyuGin is at the top of my list!

All photos were taken by Mrs. King.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. ilgustodivivere says:

    Wonderful post! I’m so hungry now! Tokyo is pretty far from Europe…right? 😀


    1. Thanks for reading! Glad you liked it. Yup, Tokyo is pretty far from Europe, but the food is worth it! Yum Yum : )

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  2. ilgustodivivere says:

    Can’t exactly pop over for lunch though 😀 Oh well, there’s always the local sushi bar 😜

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