The GOODS from Market by Jean-Georges
Vancouver, BC | Each year, Vancouverites and visitors look forward to when the city explodes with thousands of breathtaking cherry blossoms. Motivated by the beauty and nostalgia of the season, executive chef Ken Nakano travelled to Japan with his family to experience the brilliance of Japan’s cherry blossom festival, and reconnect with his Japanese roots. Inspired by the sights, scents, and flavours of that trip, Nakano is introducing a five-course Rooted in Heritage tasting menu at Market by Jean-Georges from 1 to 30 April, which guests can savour during Sakura season.
“During my trips to Japan I always reconnect with the subtle flavours and refined characteristics of Japanese cuisine. This trip, I was reminded of how influential Sakura season and the cherry blossom festival was to my mother’s cooking,” said Nakano, who was born in Vancouver and raised by immigrant parents who came from the Osaka area in Japan. “With this menu, I wanted to honour the traditions of my mother’s kitchen, and utilize the principles of Japanese cuisine. Each dish is delicate and precise, with simple flavours to let the seasonal, high-quality ingredients shine.”
Guests can anticipate dishes inspired by Nakano’s travels throughout Japan, such as the Cold Smoked Yesso Scallop, inspired by a dish that he had at a food stall at the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. Other dishes give a nod to Nakano’s childhood, such as the Salmon Onigiri, with Ikura and Genmaicha; Onigiri was a classic picnic snack that Nakano enjoyed with his family during Sakura season. The final dish on the Rooted in Heritage menu is a Matcha Castella, an adaptation from Nakano’s mother’s recipe, with cherry ice cream and umeshu – plum wine – for a sentimental finish to the meal.
The Rooted in Heritage tasting menu will be offered daily from 1 to 30 April 2018, for CAD $110 per person. For more information or for reservations, call Market by Jean-Georges at (604) 695-1115 or visit www.marketbyjgvancouver.com.