"Kajitsu serves shojin cuisine, an ancient Japanese cuisine developed in Zen Buddhist monasteries. Following the Buddhist principle of not taking life, Shojin cuisine does not use meat or fish. Meals are prepared from fresh, in season vegetables, legumes, wild herbs, seeds and grains, chosen at the moment in the season that best reflects their flavor. At Kajitsu we make our delicious and wholesome dishes from high quality ingredients prepared with traditional Japanese culinary techniques."
Kajitsu has a prix fixe menu with 2 options that changes every month and is very dependent on the season. We sprung for the 8 course menu ($70) and they also have a 4 course ($50) option.
Komatsuna Greens Tossed with Fried Tofu, Couscous and Kabocha Squash Pate, Tomato Agar Agar. The red square was a whole cherry tomato encased in a tomato jello.
House-made Soba Noodles Served Tanuki Style. These were homemade soba (buckwheat) noodles.
This isn't a course, it's the special 7 spice blend for the soba noodles. I think it's cute with the little wood peg that looks like a nose.
Spaghetti Squash Served with Late Summer Vegetables in Kuzu Sauce.
This is the spaghetti squash as it's served from the gourd.
Ginger Mitsuba Rice with Roasted Eggplant and House-made Pickled Vegetables
The eggplant was smoky deliciousness. I was getting full, so I had trouble finishing the rice! It was topped with Japanese herbs.
Kuzu Mochi with Dates. Whew, this was the perfect size dessert.
Matcha and Ariheito Style Candies by Kyoto Shioyoshiken - I forgot to snap a photo, but this was 3 sugar candies shaped like this and a bowl of matcha tea.
I gotta say, I was stuffed, but very fulfilled with this meal. I think just 4 courses wouldn't have been as satisfying. The restaurant is practically silent and the service is impeccable. Each dish is meticulously served, and the waiter was gracious enough to explain all the interesting ingredients and techniques. Loved it. Worth the splurge and I will definitely go back soon. I can't wait to see the October menu. I think I'm going to have to talk someone into taking me there again for my birthday.