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Having taken Cork city by storm, Takashi Miyazaki’s new kaiseki restaurant, ichigo ichie, shows he was just getting started — John and Sally McKennas’ Guides

Words by John and Sally McKenna. Photos by John and Sally McKenna.

In Ireland we have lots of restaurants that strain to be gastronomic temples. But Takashi Miyazaki’s new Cork restaurant, ichigo ichie, is a gastronomic temple that strains to be a temple.

Mr Miyazaki doesn’t just want to satisfy your appetite, with his High Church cooking. He wants to feed your soul.

Minimalist, calm and demure, Ichgo Ichie is laid out so that the entrance is the beginning of a path that leads, finally, to the altar of the temple, the counter with five seats behind which Mr Miyazaki fashions his magic through the 12-courses of his kaiseki menu, working in front of an extraordinary piece of ceramics, Moonjar, made by Akiko Hirai.

Anyone who has visited Miyazaki’s Cork city takeaway on Evergreen Street will have some intimation of what is in store in ichigo ichie. But what you can’t configure is the totality of the experience.

This is an eating experience that chases the spiritual, that inspires a sense of awe, not least when you sink a spoon into the mushimono and the texture cleaves apart to reveal buried chicken, fish and broad beans. It’s like you have discovered treasure.

The menu offers twelve dishes, and it’s a processional of food unlike anything that has ever been offered in Ireland. Every dish, from the ethereal smoked scallop on top of the most perfect nigiri rice, to the sublime channel wrack in the Gohanmono course, with burdock, carrot, shiitake and dashi, is flawlessly concocted, and sublimely beautiful to look at.

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‘I have obsessed about opening these doors 
for years’ – New Irish restaurant with €95 
no-choice, 12-course menu — Irish Independent

Words by Katy McGuinness. Photo by Clare Keogh.

As celebrated chef Takashi Miyazaki prepares to open a new destination restaurant in the city,our reporter hears how his own journey brought him from Japan to Ireland to share his culinary vision.

There's a lot of talk about journeys these days, but when his new kaiseki restaurant, ichigo ichie, opens in Cork next month, it will be the culmination of an intrepid and obstacle-strewn adventure that has brought chef, Takashi Miyazaki, from Fukuoka in Japan to the fulfilment of a lifelong dream.

ichigo ichie - there is no direct translation, but the words mean creating a moment that can never be repeated - is set to become a true destination restaurant for Cork, something that the city has been lacking until now.

"I am so excited," says Takashi, in a coffee shop around the corner from the construction site in the former Fenn's Quay on Sheares Street. "This is the culmination of years striving for perfection - training, learning, exploring, experimenting, re-evaluating, and coming up with the perfect taste sensation menu. I have obsessed about opening these doors and sharing my vision for years."

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Review: The most exciting new restaurant in Ireland — The Irish Times

Words by Catherine Cleary. Photo by The Irish Times.

ichigo ichie is a reminder of how magic food can be in the hands of a dreamer

You may have seen a Japanese man picking cherry blossom in Douglas on a Sunday morning in March. Takashi Miyazaki was gathering a garnish. He spread the white blossoms out to dry with a little salt, and now they’re in a jar in his new restaurant, ichigo ichie, in Cork city. Scraps of yearned-for spring transformed to a taste of its slipping past. It’s thereness and goneness all at once.

Being in the moment is the thing here. Mirrored glass in the window and charcoal paint have cloaked it in anonymity from the outside. You step out of rush hour and into somewhere unrecognisable as the former Fenn’s Quay restaurant. The matt black continues inside, giving it a theatrical feel, so unadorned you could be walking through a magazine page, with all the clutter, kids, pets and coats shoved in the car for the photo shoot.

There are small, well-spaced tables, but I’m heading for a stool at the chef’s counter, the last (and slightly late) arrival for one of the five seats. It’s all more relaxed than it sounds. No one’s wearing a suit or looks over 35 (although the lighting is kindness itself). The zing to all this Zen will be on the plates.

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ichigo ichie 
Sister of Miyazaki, Cork City

No. 5 Fenns Quay,
SHEARES ST, CENTRE,
CORK • T12 RY7Y
DIRECTIONS

ichigo ichie 
Sister of Miyazaki, Cork City

NO.5 Fenns Quay,
SHEARES ST, CENTRE,
CORK • T12 RY7Y
DIRECTIONS

ichigo ichie 
Sister of Miyazaki, Cork City

NO.5 Fenns Quay,
SHEARES ST, CENTRE,
CORK • T12 RY7Y
DIRECTIONS

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