CENSU one year Anniversary Cocktails Pairing Menu
KI NO BI, Japan’s first craft gin by The Kyoto Distillery, is partnering with contemporary izakaya CENSU to launch a month-long degustation menu using seasonal Japanese ingredients brought to life with specially crafted KI NO BI cocktails.
From 3rd October until 5th November, discerning diners will be treated to an 8-course symphony of flavours courtesy of chef Shun Sato of CENSU. Each of the paired cocktails is designed to accentuate and remix one or more of the 6 key elements in KI NO BI gin – Base, Citrus, Spice, Herbal, Tea and Fruity & Floral – using three of the distillery’s distinctive products, the classic KI NO BI Kyoto Dry Gin, the full-bodied KI NO BI SEI, and the fragrant KI NO TEA.
For a refreshing start, the citrusy Gimlet (KI NO BI SEI, yuzu, cucumber, honey; served in a rocks glass) brightens the palate for the deep nuttiness of the Bonito Tataki, which is hay-smoked then marinated and served in smoked eggplant soy sauce topped with spring onion oil. The autumn bonito is imbued with a deeper and richer taste, lightly seared for two layers of flavour with each bite. The Lychee (KI NO BI, lychee, ginger; served in a highball glass) offers a hint of fruitiness balanced with earthy notes of ginger and shiso, perfect for bringing out the delicate sweetness of the Chawanmushi topped with snow crab and flying fish roe. Silky egg custard bursting with umami is elevated with a generous helping of snow crab meat, presented with flair in its own shell.
The unctuous Shirakonigiri is not to be missed – to be enjoyed with a Negroni (KI NO BI SEI, Antica Vermouth, bitter Fusetti, apple juice, spice syrup) the pairing is designed to cut through the butteriness of the milt while preparing the palate for its delicate taste. Served in a bed of abalone dashi, the onigiri is lightly toasted then crowned with shirako. Eaten together with the umami-laden mix of the dashi, parmesan, and lightly toasted rice, every bite is a juxtaposition of sweet and savoury, creamy and crunchy. The deliciously malty Tea (KI NO TEA, honey, green tea; served in a ceramic tea cup) brings the meal to a warm close, between bites of rich chestnut and chewy rice dumplings of the Mont Blanc Dango. Topped with sweet chestnut mousse that catches crumbs of green tea, praline cookies, and coffee soil, it will no doubt satisfy dessert lovers everywhere.
If you wish to taste each of the 6 Elements separately, you can choose to sample a flight of the 6 KI NO BI elements macerated in rice spirit and distilled, each to their own specification. Each cocktail is also available to order a la carte, from 3rd October until 5th November inclusive.
KI NO BI x CENSU Gin pairing Menu
Tohoku Oyster . Yuzu Sanbaizu
Seasonal hay-smoked Bonito Tataki. Smoked Eggplant soy
KI NO BI SEI, Yuzu, Cucumber, Honey
Kagoshima wagyu. Arima Sansho dressing
Seasonal seafood. Shiso Tempura. Cashew dressing
Egg custard. Snow Crab
KI NO BI, fresh Lychee & Ginger
Zucchini Flower Tempura
Scallop. Prawn. Three Cheese Mousse. Truffle pureé
Kagoshima A4 wagyu. Maitake. Enoki. Smoked nori soy
Antica Vermouth, Bitter Fusetti, Apple juice, Spice syrup
Abalone dashi. Shirako. Parmesan
Abalone dashi. Uni. Parmesan
Mont Blanc Dango
Chestnut Mousse. Green tea crumbles. Praline. Coffee soil
KI NO TEA, Honey, Green Tea
HKD$1,388 for 8 courses and 4 drink pairings + 10% service charge