Manhattan’s Financial District has recently gained a high standard japanese restaurant. After the success of Chikarashi, in Chinatown, the owners of the poke-inspired spot opened Chikarashi Isso. With a minimalist design and cozy atmosphere, their new restaurant offers a kappo-style cuisine, with focus on seasonality.
Kappo, that means “to cut and to cook”, is a multi-course meal. This kind of japanese cuisine is less formal and emphasizes the proximity between the chef – who takes entire control over the meal – and the client. Traditional Kappo restaurants are usually small and people can watch the chef cooking in front of them.
Chikarashi Isso menu is very eclectic, with plates developed by executive Chef Michael Jong Lim that highlight the meticulous techniques of Japanese cuisine. Some of the dishes are the A5 omigyu-maki, with crème fraiche and kaluga caviar, the Udon noodles, with Spicy Dashi, Shrimp Kakiage and Tokyo Negi, and a beautiful dessert called Yaki Dango (Grilled Mochi, Toki Caramel and Kinako Ice Cream).
You can order dishes from the menu or you can choose to immerse yourself in the Kappo-style dining experience and opt for the “chef’s choice”. This option is available at the bar counter and also throughout the restaurant.