The Tanabata festival, based on the celestial love story of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi who are represented in the legend by the stars Vega and Altair respectively, traditionally takes place across Japan in the summer. Also known as the Star festival because of this heavenly link, activities during Tanabata include decorating homes, shopping malls, and streets with colourful streamers and boys and girls writing their wishes on strips of paper which are then hung from trees and bamboo.
Tanabata is a time for family gatherings and food plays an important part during the festival. Which is why Master Chef Shigeru Hagiwara at Michelin Plate restaurant Yamazato is marking the occasion with traditional Tanabata Gozen lunch platters and a multicourse Kaiseki dinner with a twist.
A number of the dishes feature decorations and ingredients with a Tanabata theme, such as seasonal sweet fish, cutlass fish and pike eel. In addition to delicious soups and noodles, also on offer are wonderfully fresh sashimi, tempura and grilled dishes. Enjoy a Gozen starter of smoked duck, scallop, baby corn and star-shaped paprika with yogurt egg yolk sauce, and a soup of shrimp, shimeji mushrooms and glass noodles with vegetables. Highlights of the Kaiseki dinner include vermicelli with seasonal sweet fish (ayu), a hearty soup of pike eel dumplings and a grilled dish of black cod fish and beef with leek miso sauce.
The Tanabata festival menu at Yamazato runs from 1 – 31 July 2021, lunch 11:30 – 14:30, dinner: 18:00 – 22:30, priced at Baht 1,600++ for Gozen lunch and Baht 4,700++ for Kaiseki dinner.
Yamazato Restaurant is located on the 24th floor of The Okura Prestige Bangkok. For information and reservations, please contact 02 687 9000 or email email@example.com or book on our website www.okurabangkok.com
Prices are subject to 10% service charge and 7% government tax.
Source: The Okura Prestige Bangkok