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Ichigo Ichie: John and Sally McKennas’ Guides

Words by John and Sally McKenna.

Ichigo Ichie is Ireland’s first true kaiseki restaurant, and eating here is not simply a mind-blowing experience, it is also a highly ritualised, almost spiritual event. Takashi Miyazaki’s little take-away, Miyazaki, introduced Cork to true Japanese techniques and flavours, but Ichigo Ichie takes eating into a stratosphere as 25 guests are led through the 12 courses of dinner, beginning with two little amuses before the dishes explore seasonal ingredients arrayed through the gamut of techniques – grilled; steamed; pickled; stewed; in rice, soup and sashimi. The five seats at the kappou counter are the ones to chase, but the Nagomi room and the Stone Garden spaces are calming and aesthetically delightful. Prices, for such memorable and intricate food, and natural wines, are incredibly fair.

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The OFM 50: Everything we love in the world of food right now — The Guardian

Words by Killian Fox.

In 2007, Japanese chef Takashi Miyazaki came to Ireland in pursuit of love and the dream of opening his own restaurant. Instead he was walloped by the financial crash, which left him struggling to find a job and remain in the country. Thankfully for the people of Cork city (and his Irish wife Stephanie), he pulled through.

After opening his eponymous noodle bar in 2015, Chef Miya, as he’s affectionately known, turned his attention to a more ambitious kaiseki restaurant in the city centre. Ichigo Ichie – the name roughly translates as “once in a lifetime” – opened last April and picked up a Michelin star within six months. The secret of its success lies in the marriage of Japanese techniques with Irish ingredients, which Miyazaki serves from his chef’s counter with skill and minimal intervention. The highlights, on a visit in November, included black sole with burdock root and tofu, and some glisteningly fresh squid sashimi.

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ichigo ichie 
Sister of Miyazaki, Cork City

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

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