Warning: This post will probably make you as full as I am...
Today, I got together with my host mother, host sister & my host brother's wife and children.
We usually get together for one another's birthday. This get-together was for my host sister's birthday.
We went to a French restaurant called, Le Restaurant Marronier. The chef of this restaurant, Ikuo Ogata, used to be the executive chef at the New Otani Harborland Hotel. He uses organic vegetables from different areas in Japan. This restaurant's decor is mainly Hermes. Most of the chinaware and cutlery is also Hermes. It was nice (and kind of nerve-wracking to eat off of expensive china).
first course: scallop mousse with beet vichyssoise
second: mackerel w/autumn eggplant & red pepper cream sauce
third: seabass with garlic butter sauce
fourth: pork wrapped w/khadayif (phyllo) and tete cheese and apple puree
fifth: the cheek area of beef simmered in burdock wine sauce
sixth (and last): pear custard with chocolate spring roll
Everyone got to choose different items on the menu. We had a VERY leisurely lunch (3-hours) and a very nice time.
After lunch, I got to visit my host sister's new home. It is very nice and well decorated.
Le Restaurant Marronier
2-2-1 Sannomiya-machi Ram Sannomiya Bldg 2nd floor
Closed Mondays & the 1st Tuesday of every month