Dinner at Kataori (片折)
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First visit in the summer at Kataori. I was looking forward to eat the seasonal vegetables and seafood. As always Chef Takuya Kataori did not disappoint. His skills and palate is remarkable. Only established in 2018 he is now ranked just behind Ogata in Kyoto in the #2 spot for kaiseki restaurants in all of Japan. Even more remarkable is the fact that he spent his entire career in Kanazawa and was never trained in Kyoto or Tokyo. His dedication to source the best ingredients is incredible. He built his own supply chain and constantly interacts with the fishermen and farmers who supply him in order to improve an already outstanding process.
Besides his vegetable dishes the main attraction this time was the torigai (鳥貝 / Japanese Cockle) which very ever so gently grilled on the Binchō-tan grill. His dashi is not special for the season but made of one year old katsuobushi can easily compete with the best dashi in Kyoto.
One of the side effects of Chef Kataori being as good as he is, the reservations are becoming almost impossible.