Review of Myra’s Kaiseki in Dorchester.
When I last visited Myra’s Kaiseki (a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner) it was called Sushi & More and that was way back in 2015 just after it opened. We were kindly invited back to sample their food and excited to see what Paul, front of house & husband to chef Myra, has done since 2015.
It has had a makeover and renamed since then, outside has been painted black with contemporary signage. The interior now has smart black table cloths, crisp white napkins and comfortable chairs. They also have a large downstairs room, where they can hold private functions/parties.
We were warmly welcomed by Yoko and shown to our table right in the window, perfect to watch the Friday night hustle & bustle. The drinks menu has everything that you require, spirits, Japanese beers, wines and of course Sake. Paul recommended that we try a cocktail made with Kishu Ume Shu (a smooth plum Sake) and sparkling spring water. This was refreshing and ideal to sip while choosing from the menu.
The menu does change depending on what fish and fresh ingredients are available each week. Today I was in luck, they had fresh crab from Lulworth Cove and also smoked eel, which is one of my favourite fish. The menu is split into four sections, the top is the choice of Miso soup or Edamame Beans. Then there is the sushi, todays choice was Chef’s Crab & Fish or Vegetarian selection. Also a premium Fish or mixed sushi sharing platter of twenty pieces and the Chefs Salmon Sashimi plate.
The next section is Izakaya (tapas/side dishes) consisting of tempura vegetables, duck or vegetable dumplings, Takoyaki (wheat flour balls) and pork rolls.
There is a good selection of mains, tempura tiger prawns, grilled salmon in miso and rice, brill steak with Yuzu (citrus) and samphire, stir fry noodles with seafood or crispy tofu, fillet steak with sake and rice, chicken Teriyaki with rice and duck breast with cucumber pickle and rice.
My fish sushi was an absolute picture, stunning colours and each piece had been beautifully made. I had two made from Lulworth Cove crab, two using smoked eel and two made with vibrant roe from flying fish. Then I spotted what I had hoped for, wonderful freshly grated Wasabi from the Watercress Company, fantastic to finally eat this product with sushi. I really did enjoy eating these, the flavours were so fresh and vibrant, although I did struggle a bit using chopsticks, thankfully they also give you a fork!
Vicky’s vegetarian sushi selection was equally as pretty, made using the finest fresh young vegetables. She even enjoyed the Wasabi, preferring the flavour and heat to that of chilli.
For main I had the chicken Teriyaki, the chicken had been stir fried with caramelised onion and garlic, then seasoned with the Teriyaki sauce. Once again this was beautifully cooked and full of sweet sticky soya flavours.
Vicky’s vegetable stir fry noodles with lots of crispy tofu, was a delight and she struggled to eat it all.
We had no room left to sample the desserts, you can choose from fresh pineapple or mango with sorbet, lemon tart, classic banana split, a selection of ice cream or sorbets, finest teas or coffee and liqueurs. Paul did persuade us to try the plum sake as a digestif, it was smooth as silk, but with that great punch at the end from the sake.
If you like relaxed unhurried dining, with amazing fresh and vibrant food, then this is the place for you. Paul is a real gent and if you need any help, he will explain each menu choice for you. If he gives you a recommendation, always go for that because he really does know his Japanese food. Myra is an absolute wizard in the kitchen and the restaurant is now in harmony with her fine dining Japanese food – Paul & Myra really do make a great team. Not forgetting Yoko, who with a cheery smile, quietly serves Myra’s stunning food.
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20 High East Street
|Invited by PR company?||No|
|Guest of chef/restaurant/owner?||Yes|
|Restaurant/outlet knew ahead we were bloggers?||Yes|
|Was the meal complimentary from the restaurant?||Yes|
|Any complimentary items provided by restaurant/outlet?||No|