Had dinner tonight with the charming ms_kismet
at S. Komatsu,
a Japanese fine cuisine restaurant that's also completely gluten and lactose free.
Oh tempura, how I have missed thee.
The interior is very modern - brushed steel, vast mirrors, black leather seats. Downstairs is the casual bistro. Upstairs, which we had to ourselves, is the fine Japanese cuisine,.
We opted for the Royal menu
, mostly because it had the tempura (they use a rice batter, with a bit of starch). The food was exquisite - dainty little servings, but just divine. I'll confess I let ms_kismet
do most of the talking, because I was too busy experiencing the subtle flavours melt across my palate. If I had one criticism, it was that the grilled fish of the "Fire" course was overcooked, and lacked the delicacy of the earlier fish dishes. But other than that... beautiful.
There was a lot of cheese, which is not something I associate with Japanese cooking. I haven't eaten real cheese since I found out I was lactose intolerant. But they use a hard cheese, in which the lactose has all broken down. Because I'm not used to it, it did slightly dominate the other flavours.
And I had a glass of chilled sake to round it off. The owner said they had two sakes: a simple one, and the other little bit complex. Which I took as a challenge and ordered the complex one. It was very clean and crisp -- not exactly dry, but not sweet like some sakes either.
Beautiful food. Charming company. A very pleasant evening.
(Okay, okay -- we could have done without the classical guitar version of Lionel Ritchie's "Hello". But even that gave us something to laugh about.)