Dinner  at Jfree

Dinner at Jfree

with Tomoko Morikawa at Jfree on 15 February 2024
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Jfree in Kagurazaka is a culinary gem, a testament to Chef Jinuchi's extensive training in renowned establishments like Quintessence and Florilège, and his partnership with his wife in running this elegant eatery. This duo's passion and commitment are palpable in every aspect of the dining experience, from the ambiance to the meticulously crafted dishes that blend French technique with the soul of Japanese ingredients.

The dining journey at Jfree is an exploration of textures and flavors, starting with Hokkaido Shirako wrapped in a crispy potato Rösti, offering a delightful play between soft and crunchy. The Miyazaki Sumaji chicken bone charcoal soup brings a burst of umami, paired with succulent chicken, showcasing the chef's ability to elevate traditional flavors into something extraordinary.

The Miyazaki Aori Squid, sliced to mimic sushi neta, softens to reveal its inherent sweetness, while the Aichi eel, prepared in an unagi style, combines a crusty exterior with a tender heart. The barely cooked Hyogo mackerel maintains its savory oceanic essence, leading seamlessly into the main highlight: the Miyazaki beef, slow-cooked to perfection, underscoring the chef's reverence for quality and technique.

A dessert of roasted tea ice cream, made in a pacojet for smoothness and rich flavor, followed by a strawberry crepe with caramelized sugar, provides a fittingly elegant finale. Accompanied by small sweets, café, and homemade miso, the meal at Jfree is not just dining but a celebration of culinary excellence, reflecting the chef's journey and his collaboration with his wife to create an unforgettable gastronomic experience.

French Japanese
8 / 10