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M E D I A T A S T I N G
“YES, YES, YES" is only answer when an invitation to Esora comes your way (thank you Annette!).
When I entered the restaurant, it was apparent Autumn had arrived with beauty and grace in their beautiful space. Framed by the updated floral centrepiece behind the open kitchen, Chef-owner Koizumi and his team worked quietly, as though in deep reverence of the fine ingredients they handle.
Our menu, curated by Chef himself, comprised of lunch and dinner items. We also got to try the tea-pairing as well. A few people had told me it elevates the dining experience - they‘re right. The five teas, of which only one was served hot, complemented the dishes very well, adding new flavour dimensions of floral, smoky, milky and vanilla-sweetened, to each deliciousness.
We began with Chef Koizumi's special dashi, an opener-of-appetite made of two kinds of kombu and a touch of yuzu. An airy-light monaka wafer sandwiching foie gras terrine, Japanese persimmon and a myoga salad was next. Then came the inevitably-breathtaking Esora Hassun, a tableau on a tray with the splendour of the season captured in six edibles nestled in fall’s vivid foliage. We enjoyed them in the recommended sequence, starting with the barracuda sushi in nori wrap and ending with the Shiitake mushroom flan adorned in abalone before cleansing our palate with a Japanese gooseberry. Chef’s wife Maasa arrived at this point, bearing a pot with a stunningly presented pigeon prepared in two ways, and plated with lime kosho. The closing carb of hairy crab donabe was exceptional - so comforting and sweet with plenty of shredded crab meat.
For dessert, we had a pretty pear sorbet that reminded Annette of her favourite Solero popsicle. After that was the magnificent wasanbon caramel ice-cream served with housemade kuromitso and an avalanche of finely grated Tokushima white truffle. It was ambrosial! Autumn’s petit fours tasted as lovely as summer’s (the melon ice-cream mochi was for me, the best of the lot).

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