Tuesday, July 01, 2008

100 day service

After the disastrous 49 day service, my mother-in-law (MIL) wanted to take everyone out for a light supper on the day of the 100 day service. To make amends with the relatives.

To this day, she hasn't paid the other restaurant for their food or "service", she was upset that they sent the bill without an apology letter. They also sent a big guy demanding (to scare) her to pay, but she still refused. I think they have given up on her to pay, I give her credit for standing her ground.

Last month, Satoshi, my brother-in-law (BIL), my MIL and I went to Shouzan to taste their food and check out their atmosphere.
The restaurant that my MIL chose was called Senjukaku. A very expensive Japanese restaurant. It was almost like going to a ryokan (Japanese inn) for supper.

For about 7000 yen (about US$70) per person we had their kaiseki supper. The price was actually their lunch price!! Kaiseki is served in several courses and showcases the seasonal ingredients.

These were the courses in this order: top left, top right, bottom left, bottom right.

(top left) a terrine with yurine (lily bulb) (top right) a fish dango (ball) made with suzuki (Japanese sea bass) and topped with a gel like substance made to look like ajisai (hydrangea), in a clear broth. (bottom left) assorted sashimi (sliced raw fish), the two sauces: left bainiku (ume) right shoyu (soy sauce), the ume was used to eat the hamo (pike conger, sea eel) fourth from left. (bottom right) anago sushi (conger eel), kisu sushi (sillago, japanese whiting)--this was seasoned with sansho (japanese pepper)

(top left)ayu (sweetfish, river smelt), gobo wrapped with unagi (eel), soybeans, renkon (lotus root) filled with tarako (pollack roe), ume (japanese apricot) seasoned with syrup, kamo (duck), smoked salmon with a slice of cheese, tamagoyaki (omlette) sprinkled with sudachi (lime)(top right) simmered eggplant and udo (aralia) topped with fried myoga (Japanese ginger)(bottom left) renkon (lotus root) rice kamameshi style (rice cooked with vegatables in a small pot)with tsukemono and miso soup (bottom right) biwa (loquat) and watermelon

It was too much food for me, but I think my MIL was happy everything went well.


Jenster said...

Good for your MIL for standing her ground with the other place. I'm curious: In Japan, will companies send your file to collection agencies if you don't pay your bills? This happens in the U.S. and it can ruin your credit rating to be sent to a collection agency.

Your food pics made me so hungry!

K and S said...

I'm not too sure, Jenster. Actually, I was amazed at how trusting they are when you order something, they send you the merchandise then you pay!

Take care.

KirkK said...

Hi Kat - I admire your Mother In Law, she is not to be trifled with. Good for her. That was some meal you had.

bourgogne said...

it all looks so tasty and tastefully arranged. smoked salmon with a slice of cheese? that doesn't sound very japanese!

K and S said...

Thanks Kirkk!

I know, Bourgogne. :)

Take care you two.

Anonymous said...

What interesting dishes! I'm glad to hear things went better for this service. :)

Rowena said...

That is a lot of food (and a hefty price tag). I'm just wondering how many people are to be invited for the 100 day service....I hope not too large of a crowd, as the total sum should be staggering! I like that gel substance resembling a hydrangea. Very unique.

K and S said...

Thanks Lori :) I'm glad it went smoothly too.

Thanks Rowena, the amount of people to be invited would depend on the person inviting. I think we had about 10 people, but I think my MIL's relative's service the other week, had about 30 people...

Take care you two.

2kamuela47 said...

The meal looks awesome. Hope it's not a really big event because payment will be a lot.

K and S said...

The last one was for 16 people, this time only 10.

Take care.