This was one of the best meals we had in New York in terms of Japanese cuisine. The reason why I chose this restaurant was because it is the only restaurant in New York in the same building with another Michelin star kitchen. Brush Stroke is a collaboration between Chef David Bouley and the Tsuji Culinary Institute serving Kaiseki.
We had Kaiseki in Japan and the most memorable experience was in Kyoto. Kaiseki is a multi course tasting menu with seasonal ingredients. Each dish progresses in flavours and sensations. For me, it was visually stimulating as well to see the beautiful presentation and the thought put into each dish. I felt like I was at a theatre watching a show. I never compare kaiseki meals since the ingredients are seasonal and each chef has their own interpretation.
From the moment I walked in, I noticed the attention to detail. Every dish placed in front of me was described in great detail, with a description of all the ingredients used. In addition, they took the time to explain the chefs’ thoughts on why they created each dish and some tips from the chefs on how to eat the meal. The servers brought the dishes over like it was a synchronized performance. There were times when I almost forgot to take a picture because it looked so delicious, I just wanted to taste it right away. I tried to take a very quick picture so the food stays the temperature it is supposed to be enjoyed at.
I ordered the competition grade green tea. It was expensive but I didn’t pay for the most expensive one which was $120US
Golden crab chawanmushi truffle
Lobster and scallop shinjo with shitake mushroom
Aged Oregon washi beef flat iron yuba ankeke don
Hojicha tea pudding with soy beans
Brushstroke is very deserving of its Michelin star. The food, the creativity, the execution, the ambience, and the overall experience were all just right. We appreciated the dedication, pursuit of excellence and love and care that gets put into a meal like this. I also brought my 3-year-old daughter and she ate almost everything. She is a foodie and a very picky eater and she didn’t ask to leave during this multi-course lunch. Don’t underestimate a 3 year old that has been eating the world with us.
Thank you Chef Isao Yamada and everyone who have prepared our meal that day.
Some behind the scenes.
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