x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Go ahead and let go – Chef Ando can lead the way

Once a month Tori No Su Chef Takashi Ando is cooking a sumptious Japanese feast for 12 lucky dinner guests.

Chef Takashi Ando at Tori No Su. Courtesy Tori No Su
Chef Takashi Ando at Tori No Su. Courtesy Tori No Su

Fancy a special dinner – with the freshest of seasonal ingredients flown straight in from Japan.

Tori No Su’s chef de cuisine Takashi Ando is upping the ante for personalised dining in the capital with his “omakase” (leave it up to the chef) dining experience.

On the third Friday of every month, Chef Ando will serve an eight-course meal for parties of 12 that has been fashioned from Japan’s freshest seasonal produce of the day and flown in to Abu Dhabi just for the occasion. In addition to the monthly chef’s table, Ando and his team can create personalised menus for smaller groups of diners.

Ando says there is “no greater joy” for a Japanese chef than to provide an omakase experience.

“Japanese cuisine is all about freshness, the natural integrity of each ingredient, taste and the visual beauty of each element,” he says. “It’s about respecting each ingredient so that it can be savoured at its absolute zenith and this can only be truly and successfully achieved with a deep appreciation of its ­seasonality.”

October’s ingredient of honour, Japanese mushrooms, will feature on the menu in a number of ways: “teppan” style mushroom and aubergine with sesame sauces and mushroom and duck oroshi noodle dish. If you are lucky enough to score a seat at one of Ando’s omakase events, expect an experience that will last for several long, delicious hours.

The next Tori No Su omakase dining experience is on Friday; the cost is Dh600 per person. For seasonal updates go to www.facebook.com/Jumeirah.at.etihadtowers. For bookings and more information, call 02 811 5666 or email jadrestaurants@jumeirah.com