|Scallops with avocado, eaten with the hands, |
as the third course for the private dinner
of the Chaine des Rotisseurs tonight, living a delicious #Travelife
And the venue for dinner was Mecha Uma, a small restaurant with a young chef that has become incredibly trendy.
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A JAPANESE SLANG WORD
Incidentally, "Mecha Uma," is akin to "Mecha umai," which is a slang way of saying "It's very good" in Japanese, although it's used mostly by college boys and young working men.
If I actually began going around Tokyo saying "Mecha umai," I think my friends would fall off their seats. I do use it, though, but very rarely, and only with certain people.
|Octopus cooked in beef fat and paired with dalandan and vinaigrette, |
as the fourth course for the private dinner
of the Chaine des Rotisseurs tonight, living a delicious #Travelife.
FIRST TIME AT MECHA UMA
I'd never been to this restaurant before as I've not been in Manila much in the last 18 months; and when I am in this city, my evenings are usually packed way ahead of time with engagements, leaving me with not much free time to simply go out to a restaurant of my choosing.
For this dinner, Chaine des Rotisseurs took over the whole restaurant and the chef prepared a comprehensive degustation menu using ingredients that had been flown in fresh from Japan.
|Hot vinegared rice with cold toro #sashimi|
as the seventh course at the private dinner
of the Chaine des Rotisseurs last night, living a #Travelife.
COOKING FROM INSPIRATION
Following the style of chefs of many hot restaurants in other parts of the world on the Michelin star track, he did not provide a menu in advance as he bases his cooking on inspiration and whatever ingredients are available.
The results were good, but I think his relative youth shows in his handling of the materials.
|Oyster with sudachi and asparagus |
as the fifth course for the private dinner of
the Chaine des Rotisseurs last night, living a delicious #Travelife.
SPECIAL SAKE FROM SADO ISLAND
Meanwhile, as this was a BYOB event, I brought a bottle of sake that I'd bought just last week on the island of Sado in Japan, where there is a small but famous brewery that's won awards for its products.
Air France serves this very sake in First Class.
A FRENCH EXIT
I had very good company for this dinner, but it lasted quite long and we were sitting at the bar the entire time, and something was on my mind so I wasn't really focused on dinner.
So just before dessert, I did a French exit and headed out into the night, after just another wonderful evening in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.
#Travelife with us to Japan in May 2016.
We're visiting truly off-the-beaten track destinations.
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