Garaku is a ceramics lover's dream, featuring major works by many of Japan's leading contemporary artists scattered throughout the modern, architecturally significant property. It also has wonderful food, beautifully and thoughtfully presented, with a French twist.
|Breakfast plate at River Retreat Garaku|
|Lobby at River Retreat Garaku|
The food is an equal part of the experience. The restaurant, L'Evo, purports to be French, but I would say that it features elegant French-inspired Japanese cuisine.
Dinner started with a "prologue" of assorted delicacies, followed by mushroom puree with soft roe, mushroom with bayberry and chrysanthemum, egg with bell pepper and sausage and conger eel with grilled eggplant, all presented in or on interesting bowls and plates.
|Mushroom puree with soft roe|
|Mushrooms with bayberry sauce and chrysanthemum|
|Red pepper and sausage with egg|
|Fried conger eel with grilled eggplant|
|Gazpacho with cucumber and mozzarella|
|Rockfish with pear spice sauce and greens|
|Black cod with wild sesame|
|Ikeda beef with onion and mâche|
|"Sugar Apple/Spicebush," whatever that is|
|Breakfast is ready in the Ogawa Machiko room, River Retreat Garaku|
|Breakfast at River Retreat Garaku|