We made a 6:30 reservation at Keyaki because we had such a good experience at Keyaki Restaurant in the Sari Pan Pacific in Jakarta. We entered through covered walkways as light evening rain fell on the Japanese garden. We were shown to a table for two in a comfortable location by the windows. My wife ordered agedashi tofu, unagi sushi, aburi wagyu sushi, and a California maki roll. They were all fresh and prepared to perfection, and she was able to taste each of the dishes that came with my Keyaki kaiseki, the ever-changing multi-course meal that is created by the chef according to the season and availability of local foods. The first appetizer was seaweed with carrot and sauce. We had another appetizer consisting of soybean on cucumber, parma ham on melon, tuna in sesame sauce, Japanese seaweed block, and leek soaked in wine. The next dish was clam with sakura flower in clear soup. The next dish was a siso leaf with sashimi sea bream and stripjack and tuna with radish on a bed of ice. The next was wagyu beef on radish with radishes on the side. It was so tasty that I’m afraid we’ll be haunted by that flavor at every Japanese restaurant that we visit. The next dish was white baitfish steamed with seaweed. It was soupy and not very tasty. The side dish was sea urchin sushi and grilled salmon sushi. Next was lobster tempura, a real treat. The main was flat noodles with spring onions. My dessert was yuzu (Citrus) ice cream with strawberry on the side, and my wife had green tea ice cream. They did well with many of our regular favorites, and we discovered new flavors. Although we have eaten frequently at Japanese restaurants, we are not yet experienced enough to fully appreciate the subtle tastes or even the artistic presentations in the kaiseki course. Our well-trained (many of her habits seemed Japanese) and patient waitress was from Malaysia. We feel Keyaki is an outstanding Japanese restaurant that deserves its high ranking on TripAdvisor.
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