We’ve enjoyed creations that come from the kitchens of Chef Kikuchi for several years. Last week he opened his new fine dining restaurant Carpe Diem near Mukogaokayuen Station (Odakyu Line) and we visited the new establishment on opening night. This restaurant is going to do very well.
The establishment’s atmosphere is warm but more formal than Kikuchi san’s Bistro Capricieux. Guests that make reservations will have the option of tables near the bay window, the patio and at the bar overlooking the kitchen.
The set menu on opening night included roast lamb seasoned to perfection, tai (broiled sea bream) on a bed of couscous flavored with pieces of cuttlefish, a delicious pumpkin soup served chilled, roasted vegetables with a sweet beet sauce and a vegetable terrine that was interesting visually and gastronomically. Our favorite course was the carrot mousse. We elected to end the evening with cheese, fresh bread and butter from the bakery next door. (The “C’est une bonne idee boulangerie” is another Chef Kikuchi project.)
The evening went very well and left us with great expectations. The Carpe Diem is an opportunity to experiment and drive creativity. Chef Kikuchi - the world is your oyster.
Address: 2F Dai-Ni Ide Building, 1889-1 Noborito, Tama-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa 214-0014
Operating Hours: 11:00-14:00 (Lunch Reservation Only) 18:00-22:30 Closed on Wednesdays