Towards the end of our stay in gorgeous Yokohama, James’ aunt and uncle treated us to a lovely dinner at Daidaiya. You may have noticed that my boyfriend and I have a penchant for scrumptious, interesting food and Daidaiya provided us with just that sort of unique experience worth gloating about. The Daidaiya franchise prides itself on reinventing Japanese cuisine and they deserve five stars for the creative seven-course dinner they prepared for us that night.
Located on the fourth floor of Queen’s Square Yokohama [at!], the stylish restaurant boasts a spacious interior with pleasantly modern furnishing and amazing panoramic views of Cosmo World and the harbour. They offer an array of beautiful fusion-oriented dishes that are charmingly original and creative.
The combination of traditional Japanese food and contemporary nouvelle creations made for an exciting night. We had a fun time trying to figure out how certain dishes were cooked and put together. The presentation of the dishes impressed everyone and they certainly didn’t skimp on the taste or quality of the food. I had some refreshing umeshu (plum wine) to accompany my dinner. Let it be known that I am a huge, huge, huge fan of the sweet-sour alcoholic drink. Here’s a hint: if you ever want to get me something special, get me a bottle of umeshu. You’ll forever be my favourite person.
I especially enjoyed the warm sea bream dish from their seasonal menu. The fish was perfectly tender and the flavoursome broth that accompanied it tasted absolutely divine! The little crunchy croutons on the top were an adorable addition! That’s not to say the others weren’t as stellar. Each and every course came with an array of fascinating textures, colours and flavours. The appetizers were an explosion of remarkable tastes, the sashimi was unbelievably fresh, the grilled mackerel came topped with an exotic pink savoury foam and flying fish roe, the steak was a smoky and juicy experience, the sushi platter was a visual feast, and the milk pudding dessert brought a wonderfully traditional end to an unconventional Japanese dinner.
5 Kinds of Appetizers
Today’s Freshly Caught Fish: 3 Kinds of Sashimi and Condiments Sea Bream and Steamed Glutinous Rice Bun Filled with the Scent of Cherry Blossoms Bamboo Shoots with Grilled Spanish Mackerel Premuim Japanese Beef Steak with Asparagus Daidaiya Style Sushi Seasonal Dessert: Milk Pudding with Red Bean Paste and Strawberry Sauce
DAIDAIYA YOKOHAMATEN 橙家 横浜店
4/5F, 2-3-8, Queen’s Square “At 2nd”
Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku
Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, 220-0012
Opening Hours: 11am – 3pm and 5 – 10:30pm (daily)
Other excerpts from Japan:
Rain Over Sawtooth Mountain || Golden Week in Yokohama
The Vivid Colours of Tokyo || Blue Skies Over Picturesque Ueno Park
Nakamise Street and Tokyo Tower || The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace