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Seasonal Tastes Of Japan Aji Mackerel And The King Of Tunas

April 24, 2014 Food & Beverage No Comments Email Email

Premium tuna sashimi on riceWith its passionate mission to bring Bangkok the most authentic and creative Japanese dining experiences in keeping with the prime ingredients of each season, Kisso now presents special menus for May and June featuring the two delicacies that currently dominate the culinary scene from Tokyo to Kyoto: “Aji” or Horse Mackerel and ‘Hon-Maguro’ Tuna.

Though they shoal in vast numbers and are easily caught, Aji are considered a delicacy because the season when they taste best is relatively short, from May through July.

They are also known as Horse Mackerel because they loosely resemble mackerel and horses. However, they are neither horses nor mackerel but members of the jack family indigenous to Japanese waters. Either way, their large horse-like eyes, projecting lower jaw, square-shaped tail base and curved lateral line of hard scales are highly distinctive.Horse Mackerel Japanese Style Tartar

Chef Shinsuke appreciates and adores to prepare them in ways that explain just why they are so loved.

Recommended dishes on Kisso’s seasonal menu featuring “Horse Mackerel” are priced from Baht 140++ to Baht 690++ and include: Horse mackerel Japanese style tartar with Japanese herbs, Horse Mackerel sushi, Whole horse mackerel sashimi and Fried bread horse mackerel with homemade yuzu tartar sauce.

The May-June season’s second specialty is prime Hon-Maguro Tuna, one of the most expensive of all tunas, also known as Northern Bluefin. Mainly fished in Japan and the Mediterranean. Its outstanding culinary feature is its delectable  fattiness, leading it to be sold in Japan as “Chutoro” (fatty tuna) and “Ootoro” (fatty belly tuna). Most importantly, Hon-Maguro is wild caught and never frozen so the meat texture and flavor are far superior to any other tuna. Hence its reputation as “the King of Tunas”. It is also highly unusual to find it on a menu anywhere in Thailand.

Dishes are priced from  Baht 580++ to Baht 1,950++ and include: Assorted 3 kinds part of fresh tuna tasting platter, Premium tuna sushi, Premium tuna sashimi on rice and Medium fatty belly rare steak with garlic soy sauce.

Reservations are always a good idea at this exceptionally indulgent Japanese restaurant.

Kisso is open for lunch daily from 12 pm – 2.30 pm and dinner 6 pm – 10.30 pm on the 8th floor of The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok. For more information, please call 02 207 8000 or email kisso.bangkok@westin.com. Visit us on www.kissobangkok.com and find us on www.facebook.com/kissobangkok

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