三光院

Went out on Sunday for lunch at a nunnery… as you do. I’m not entirely clear on the concept, but it seems that one of the nuns trained and worked as a French chef for thirty years, and then started doing shoujin ryouri. The suggestion is that it’s French influenced Buddhist cuisine. Vegetarian, obviously.

[The picture was taken in the temple grounds; i’m trying to post colour shots this week… but like this a lot today, so here it is.]

The influence, as far as i could tell, was only in the presentation. Usually shoujin ryouri comes as a single tray of dishes, but this was served more like kaiseki, one dish at a time, in a traditional order. Everything was done with a great amount of attention to detail, beautiful prepared and presented. The flavours were all very traditional japanese, very simple and natural.

Our fellow diners were some people from japanese television, and a couple from Paris. The place has been reviewed in places like the New York Times, and featured on TV, etc. All very swank.

Recommended for a different dining experience. Kind of pricey for what it is… but probably worth it for a special occasion. Be a good place to take things like visiting parents.

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2 thoughts on “三光院

  1. MMMMM…Vegetarian & French cuisine are two tings I thought I’d ever hear come from the mouth of anyone who likes food. But damn, French-influenced Buddhist shoujin ryouri sounds good, but I wish they’d do away with the pretense of kaiseki, one thing I can’t really stomach. I wish it were haute and tasty, roll yer sleeves up and dig in kind of griddle action, like Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, my second home.

    Nice shot by the way.

  2. I suppose it is about as far away from Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles as it’s possible to get… that being said, i’d say it’s all about the experience.

    Not sure where you’re going with the kaiseki hating… i guess it is overly precious and more of a performance than a meal. Which might not be the worst thing in the world seeing as i have to ‘just eat’ most days.

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