Dinner at ζˆη”Ÿ

Dinner at ζˆη”Ÿ

at Tempura Naruse on 21 February 2023
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New review on Tempura Naruse, the best Tempura restaurant in Japan, up on my blog πŸ”Ό Link in profile πŸ”Ό

Perfection.

I’ve never believed in the word β€œperfection”. Not in a β€œI don’t believe in ghosts” or β€œI don’t believe that NASA ever landed on the moon” way *puts on tinfoil hat*. I believe in the concept of perfection, but just never believed that perfection actually exists.

This whole blog is about my attempt to chase this fleeting concept, but that’s all it ever was - a pursuit, not the destination of food perfection itself.

But sometimes nature, ingredients and technique serendipitously collide to deliver a meal that is so near perfection that almost every dish sets a new benchmark for that ingredient moving forward - "but was it as good as the Naruse pumpkin?". One that is so near perfection that it makes you like ingredients that you don't normally like - renkon, tachiou, beans. One that is so near perfection that it makes you wonder if it’s existed all along.