Japanese Week a big hit in Kampala

UGANDA (eTN) – Japanese Week, celebrated in Kampala over the past 6 days at the Serena, ended last night with another sellout at the hotel’s Pearl of Africa Restaurant, where Chef Masanori Tomikaw

Japanese Week a big hit in Kampala

UGANDA (eTN) – Japanese Week, celebrated in Kampala over the past 6 days at the Serena, ended last night with another sellout at the hotel’s Pearl of Africa Restaurant, where Chef Masanori Tomikawa received rave reviews from diners and the Ugandan food critics alike.

Few hotels in Kampala take the trouble to bring in visiting chefs, periodically the Sheraton and more often the Kampala Serena, and when they do, one can be sure of a scramble for tables to sample the dishes they create, the exotic tastes, the presentation on the plates and the fusion of both the finest organic local ingredients with the food items and spices the chefs bring along with them.

Chef Tomikawa’s “normal” workplace is at the Hotel Okura in Amsterdam where he celebrates the fine art of producing Japanese dishes for his Dutch and international clientele, including many Japanese visitors coming to Europe and craving dishes from back home.

Here in Kampala, Tomikawa San brought his signature dishes to Uganda, offering for the past 6 days a daily lunch menu of 5 dishes and a daily dinner menu of 9 dishes, which included Sakizuke, Zensai, Dobin-mushi, Tsukuri, Sugiita-yaki, Tempura, Shiizakana, Shokuji, and Mizukashi.

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Guests included, needless to say, Japanese residents in Kampala, who came to sample Uganda’s first ever original and authentic Japanese food festival, and also the who’s who of the capital’s “high” society, as well as ordinary folks just wanting to get a taste of Japan and were ready to pay the US$60 or so equivalent for dinner. Lunch and dinner were sell outs, a resounding vote of success by hotel guests and patrons from Kampala and beyond, who literally queued up to be part of a celebration of high cuisine.

Comments received and seen by this correspondent from guests included:

“Compliments to the Chef … the food was yummy all the way through the nine course meal.”

“My Japanese girlfriend I had lunch with, rubber stamped it “INCREDIBLE” … to all that she tasted saying ‘Even in Japan I have not eaten anything better.’”

“A million thanks to the Serena staff, too, for their usual personalized care; it complemented the ambiance at the Pearl of Africa Restaurant and was the perfect setting for introducing the best of Japan’s cuisine – Chef Tomikawa produced such a variety of excellent dishes, it set my taste buds alight.”

The Kampala Serena was the place to be and the place to eat over the past week and allowed Ugandans to sample the best tastes of Japan, learn a bit about the culture of traditional dishes made in Japan and how they are presented on the plates, and perhaps stimulated the interest to visit that distant island nation for some more.

Both the Kampala Serena Hotel and the Okura Amsterdam are members of the Leading Hotels of the World.

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