Naka – Seattle, WA
When my husband and I went here last month, we had the choice of two menus, the a la carte menu or the kaiseki menu (a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner). With the kaiseki menu we then had three choices, the Tasting Menu (5 or 7 courses I can’t remember), the Naka Kaiseki (10 course tasting menu) or the Chef Kaiseki (15 course menu which requires a weeks notice). We went with the Naka Kaiseki because why not?! We were also told that the chef’s intention was to eventually limit the menu to just the kaiseki one and have the a la carte become the bar menu. Looking at their site right now I see they’ve made that transition. I hope this doesn’t discourage people from trying this restaurant because the tasting menu was outstanding. When you hear 7-15 courses, I think most people think that sounds like a lot but some of the courses were just one bite. Very simple clean food so we both left feeling satisfied and not the least bit full, refreshing actually.
The presentation was stunning and the flavors were outstanding. I highly recommend Naka if you appreciate great Japanese cuisine. The bill can get a little steep so it’s the perfect place for a special occasion. I should also mention that we enjoyed the wine pairing as well and the pours were very appropriate seeing there were 10 courses to be had.