Murakami is the pioneer of the Kappo Cuisine in Brazil, a style of high Japanese gastronomy that aims to stimulate diverse sensations through the combination of rare and exotic aromas, textures and ingredients. Prior to the dinner, Murakami visited food markets, like Chinatown and The Borough Market and the Billingsgate fish market to source ingredients that formed the basis of his sumptuous 9 course dinner. On arrival guests were greeted with a cocktail and a show round of The Loft Project. To start the dinner, guests were served a dish of shucked oyster with Ikura (salmon caviar), Japanese Nameko mushrooms, lime juice, vintage soya sauce and micro shiso herb followed by another dish of Hiyayako cheese, a thin light mozzarella cheese served with a thin Japanese aubergine and Nasubi tomato, a chilli and salt fried tomato.
Other highlights of the evening that impressed by the presentation and flavours were the Maguro umeboshi to yamaimo: tuna sashimi filled with finely chopped capers and Japanese pickled plum and Ebi no karashi miso, prawns cooked with Japanese mustard and served with a sweet miso sauce (made from fermented soya beans), quail egg yolk, green beans, wakame (seaweed), and purple shiso herb. All dishes were paired with wines and showcased Murakami’s versatility working with classic European and Japanese ingredients.
Murakami summarised his trip to London, as a fantastic experience. “Looking for products and ingredients the UK, was a deep and profound experience that made me feel closer to Shakespeare, due to its intensity”. Murakami and Nuno met at Kinoshita restaurant in Sao Paulo a year ago when Nuno invited him to host a dinner at The Loft Project. “Nuno was very ambitious in trying to showcase the experience of a Brazilian Japanese restaurant in London, but I must say, he has succeeded.” says Murakami.
Due to the popularity of his event this month chef Murakami will be returning to the United Kingdom for a second edition of his Kappo Cuisine in London towards end of 2011. ” It was a great pleasure to participate in this project for Nuno and Clarise and link Kinoshita’s name to the The Loft Project and Viajante. I am looking forward to return to this place.”
Brazil is home to the largest Japanese population outside of Japan, with around 1.5 million descendants, mostly located in the cultural hub city of São Paulo, so it is not a surprise that this city presents excellent Japanese food at every corner. Kinoshita restaurant was founded in 2008 by Murakami and restaurateur Marcelo Fernandes (Clos de Tapas, Mercearia do Francês and former business partner at D.O.M., ranking on 18th position at World’s 50 Best Restaurants) and since then has won numerous accolades in Brazil. Borrowing the words of Charles Campion in a special feature about Sao Paulo’s restaurants, “if you want a benchmark, think Nobu, and were this restaurant in Europe it would certainly be Michelin starred.” (The Guardian in 2009)
Kinoshita restaurant is located in Sao Paulo, at Rua Jacques Felix 405, Vila Nova Conceição, São Paulo, Brazil. The degustation menu is priced at R$290 (£115 per person). For reservations, call +55 (0) 11 3849 6940.