May 20, 2004

About Kaygetsu

If you've been following my blog, you've probably already heard about Kaygetsu, the Sakuma's latest culinary attraction. Kaygetsu means beautiful moon as well as September, when many think the moon is most beautiful. Two Kyoto-trained chefs, Katsuhiro Yamasaki and Shinichi Aoki, work magic in the kitchen. (The kaiseki style originated in Kyoto.) Toshio Sakuma continues to refine his 30+ year art at the sushi bar. The menu was spun together by these three as cuisine "that not only satisfies appetite, but also delights the mind and the spirit." They don't have a website yet, so hopefully this post will tide you over until you can get to Kaygetsu.

Here's the menu. Keiko notes that the dinner menu has changed slightly but is generally the same. If you have an update, please email me or post a comment.

Lunch menu
Sashimi Lunchassortment of fresh sashimi20
Kaygetsu Lunchprawn and vegetable tempura and fresh sashimi23
Chicken Teriyakishiitake mushrooms, asparagus, house-made teriyaki sauce15
Hamachi Teriyakiyellowtail, shiitake mushrooms, asparagus, house-made teriyaki sauce15
Tempura Moriawaserice cracker-coated fried prawns, seasonal vegetables13
Yasai Tempuradeep fried seasonal vegetables11
Served with rice, miso soup, pickled vegetables, and a side dish

Una Jusliced unagi with house-made sauce over steamed rice14
Chirashiassortment of fresh sashimi over sushi rice15
Tekka Donburislices of fresh tuna over sushi rice15
Sushi Lunchten pieces of your favorite nigiri sushi22
Served with miso soup, pickled vegetables, and a side dish.

Tempura Udonwhite wheat noodles with deep friend prawns and seasonal vegetables14
Yasai Tempura Udonwhite wheat noodles with deep fried seasonal vegetables12
Served with pickled vegeteables and a side dish. Served cold with condiments or as a hot soup.

Dessert
Ice cream sampler7
House-made ice cream or sorbet3
Early Summer: Nine-course omakase menu75
Saki zuke (starter)sesame tofu with sea urchin, fresh octopus with vinegar flavored jelly
Suimono (clear broth)steamed minced scallop with white fish and shiitake, clear broth
Tsukuri (sashimi)assorted seasonal selection
Yakimono (grilled dish)grilled black cod, glazed with saikyo miso (white kyoto miso), yuzu flavor
Agemono (fried dish)tempura prawns, fried buckwheat noodle with seaweed wrapping
Taki awase (slow cooked dish)chilled tender abalone, root vegetable, kabocha squash and Japanese greens
Sake cha zukerice with clear fish broth, topped with grilled salmon, iura, seaweed, and wasabi
House-made yuzu sorbet
Seasonal Japanese dessertred bean in crystal clear mochi, strawberry/green tea sauce
Early Summer: Six Five-course omakase menu55 45
Saki zuke (starter)sesame tofu with sea urchin, fresh octopus with vinegar flavored jelly
Suimono (clear broth)steamed minced scallop with white fish and shiitake, clear broth
Tsukuri (sashimi)assorted seasonal selection
Agemono (fried dish)tempura prawns, fried buckwheat noodle with seaweed wrapping
Sake cha zukerice with clear fish broth, topped with grilled salmon, iura, seaweed, and wasabi
Seasonal Japanese desserthouse-made yuzu sorbet cherry blossom mochi

Details
Kaygetsu Restaurant
325 Sharon Park Drive
Menlo Park, CA  94025
650.234.1084

Lunch: Tuesday thru Friday, 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Dinner: Tuesday thru Sunday, 5:30 pm - closing (last reservation at 8:30 pm)
No gratuities necessary. 16% service charge automatically added.

Reviews

  • Gloria Hsu has a detailed review (5/9) on a number of items from the dinner la carte menu (which I do not have here). Hmm, interesting, sashimi with gold flecks?
  • Jane Knoerle has a review (5/5) in the Almanac News. Here the nine-course omasake is listed at $75, and the five-course at $45. It's mainly on lunch and la carte items.
  • Dave Eisen has a review (4/27) of the five-course omakase. "Everything was carefully prepared and beautifully presented. Subtle flavors, well-designed. Good fish."
  • Foodlover wrote up another (4/26) on the five-item set menu. This is probably the more updated version of the six-item set menu on this post. It looks as if the only difference is that the clear broth Suimono is no longer served and the yuzu sorbet replaced with a cherry blossom mochi. Also noted, the nine-course omakase is now ten dishes for $90. Someone get me an updated menu!

Etc.
I am in no way shape or form affiliated with or endorsed by Kaygetsu. I do not guarantee this information, though it is correct to the best of my knowledge. If you have any updates, just comment! Finally, I haven't even been there yet, though I hope to be able to take Sweetie there one of these days.

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May 8, 2004

Kaygetsu

Update: Got menu.

Ahhh, sad news. It was the end of an era - and we totally missed it. Toshi's Sushiya, sweetie's favorite sushiya, closed as of Sunday, February 15, 2004. Koma Restaurant has opened in its place with a similar sushi menu with some extra items. The good news is that Toshi and Keiko Sakuma are still in the business, this time in Sharon Heights Shopping Center, off of Sand Hill Road. Kaygetsu offers high-end kaiseki-ryori - think nine-course omikase (chef's choice). The Almanac has a recent review.

The Sakuma's sent out a letter announcing the grand opening.

Greetings,

Thank you all for waiting. Our grand opening day is set for Saturday,
April 17th.

For those of you who didn't receive previous e-mail, Kaygetsu will be
very different from Toshi's. We want to concentrate on traditional
Japanese food; so our sushi bar is small with only six seats. Sushi is
mostly served at the sushi bar. We offer ala carte and course menu
(traditional Japanese) at tables. We have 5 course menu for $45, and
nine course menu for $70. There will be 16% service charge instead of
tips. This is done in order to compensate all employees, both front
and back, on equal basis.

We're open Tuesday through Friday for lunch, 11:30 to 2 p.m.; for
dinner Tuesday though Sunday, 5:30 p.m. to closing (last seating at
8:30 p.m.). Please allow 45 minutes to 1 hour for lunch and about 2
hours for dinner. We're located at Sharon Heights Shopping Center, 325
Sharon Park Drive, off Sand Hill Road, at the left corner of the
shopping center near Shell station. For reservations, please call
(650) 234-1084, 11:00 to 2:30, or after 5:00 p.m. Thank you for your
patience; and we hope to see you soon.

Keiko and Toshio Sakuma
Kaygetsu Restaurant

Thanks Amalia for posting it. You can jump to the whole thread by clicking here. Be sure to check out Al Eisner's synopsis of the menu, as well as Dave Eisen's visit. His comment on leaving hungry is a bit distressing - but then he only got the five-course meal. It's probably more authentic this way.

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