Over the summer, a couple friends and I decided to go to Patria for dinner. I was working on a peach farm at that time, not realizing what the dress code was at Patria, I strolled through the doors with a plain over worn t-shirt, some dickies, a pair of burks and a box full of peaches. After a great meal with friends over tapas and wine, Chef Kaji walks through the door. A common friend introduces us and we began to chat. I was telling him about what a great experience it was dining at Kaji and that I was going to make it a yearly thing. He started to tear up and said it would be a pleasure for him to celebrate with us year after year. Even at the height of his craft, he still stays so humble.
Taro potato cake with chicken sauce, sea urchin grilled shrimp
Vinegared crab in an edible persimmon cup
A variety of sashmi: spanish mackerel, sea trout, seabream, lobster, octopus
A matsutake mushroom soup served in a teapot
Steamed seabream with young chestnuts
White fish and enoki mushrooms baked in a cellophane wrap
Kaji himself making sushi for the guests around the bar.
Cold soba noodles with a clear dashi broth
Poached pears and granita, macaron
Green tea creme brulee with fresh fruit
On our way out, I gave him a box of shoko chocolates to say thanks. I hope he enjoyed it.