Kaiseki is a multi-course Japanese style set meal, which often features seasonal and local ingredients.
Served on trays to individual diners, each course is often prepared in a different way.
Sagano, the Japanese restaurant at the New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel in Kowloon, varies its kaiseki menu every one or two months.
In celebration of the Cherry Blossom Season in Japan, the Japanese restaurant serves a Sakuran Keiseki Set Dinner during the months of March and April.
Keiseki set dinners at the eatery follow a similar pattern each month: they begin with a tray full of appetizers followed by sashimi, a stewed dish, a grilled dish, a deep-fried dish, a vinegared dish, sushi, and dessert.
My favourtite courses were the appetizers, which had a pleasant combination of flavours and textures, the sashimi – especially the fatty tuna, and the dessert. I loved the unusual combination of fruit and jelly.
I didn’t particularly care for the spring vegetable tempura. Two of the veggies were a bit too bitter for my taste.
Sushi was the last course before dessert, and it represented one of the biggest surprises of the evening. The egg, boiled shrimp, dried gourd, and sea eel fell a bit flat. It looked better than it tasted.
But the red miso soup that accompanied it was the best miso soup I have ever had.
Sakura Kaiseki Set Dinner
Sakura Assorted Sashimi
Sakura Assorted Sushi
Sagano is one of seven food and beverage outlets at the New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel, which was formerly known as the Hotel Nikko Hongkong.
In addition to a sushi bar, there is an adjoining teppanyaki grill called Teppanyaki Ranzan.
Sagano, New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel, Tsim Sha Tusi East, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Telephone: (852) 2313 4215. Nearest MTR station: East Tsim Sha Tsui. Also within walking distance of Hung Hom Station.