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The Food Available for lunch and dinner from 6 February to 6 March 2015, Keyaki will be launching a special Epicurean Discovery of Hokkaido menu for a limited time. I am a fan of Kaiseki style Japanese meals, as there is often so much to expect from the course, from the beautiful plating of the individual dish to the immense effort by the chef in preparing each dish. There are three new eight-course menus to choose from, Hokkai ($190), Donnan ($190) or Hakodate ($160) menus designed by Chef Hiroshi Ishii. If you are a fan of Hokkaido cuisine such as the fresh seafood and some of the seasonal specials, each of the three special menu brings in a different combination of ingredients to satisfy your palate.
We started with the Cod Milt Tofu, which is a pretty exotic dish. No prizes for guessing correctly, but Cod Milt it is essentially fish sperm, traditionally considered a delicacy in Japanese cuisine. The texture of the dish was silky and soft, while the taste was quite delicious much to my surprise due to my initial scepticism. For a first timer trying milt, the taste was rather indescribable as I can’t think of something similar.