A mix of French and Japanese cuisine is always rare and surprising; the Sawatei hid up on the hills of Odawara offers a delicious mix of genre in his cuisine and decoration.
Located behind the Odawara station – on the West exit – the Sawatei is a little hard to find, but is really worth looking for it.
The restaurant proposes different menu of high class cuisine and a more reasonable menu for lunch.
I have tried the “福”menu. 福 – Fuku means fortune good luck in Japanese, it is a 6 meal course.
Sparkling water with Odawara Ume plum syrup and essence of apricot
Jelly of Bonito stock soup with Daikon radish and crab
Carpaccio of Red Sea Bream and summer vegetables
with a Yuzu pepper and Odawara citrus sauce
A Foie gras egg custard (Cha wan mushi)
Roasted Pork from Sagami with vegetables and mashed potatoes and a sauce
made from Odawara’s famous Soga Ume plum alcohol
A bowl of Hikari rice cooked with corn and Shiso leaves sprinkled on it
along with cucumber and Daikon Radish pickles and a cup of Japanese Tea
An assortment of a fresh peach jelly, iced nougat and a black tea flavored chiffon cake
Tea or coffee
Everything was very well presented, tasty but noｔ too strong and all the ingredients are coming from the region, the menus are changing with the seasons creating very fresh and savory dishes.
Both Japanese and French cuisines are mastered by a very welcoming chef who received us in his kitchen with pleasure.
The atmosphere in the restaurant is quiet and relaxing; the staff is extremely attentive and will answer all your questions, as long as they are in Japanese, with details.
Sawatei is a place to appreciate high class cuisine combined with fresh ingredients. I really appreciated the dishes being well garnished but never too heavy; proportions were perfect to be full but still ready to keep on exploring the region. I also recommend the Sawatei for its excellent service, we have been ask if we had any allergies, food we don’t like and the dishes were adjusted accordingly.
Six course menu “福 Fuku” 4,200 Yen plus Aperitif 500 Yen
Kanagawa, Odawara, 1-8-33 Shiroyama
Website: http://sawatei.com/ (Japanese only)
– Lunch: 11:30 – 15:00 (Last order 13:30)
– Dinner: 17:30 – 22:00 (Last order 20:00)
Closed on Wednesday