When Takashi Miyazaki cooked a kaiseki lunch at the 2017 Waterford Harvest Festival, the chef drew manga-style pictures of each of the nine dishes on the menu. Every detail of the individual dishes were specified in the sketches, right down to the dimensions of the plates the ingredients were to be served on. It is that fanatical level of attention which explains why Mr Miyazaki is the hottest chef in Ireland, and it is likely to mean what when he opens ichigo ichie, on Fenn’s Quay in Cork, the five counter seats will be the hottest ticket in town. In the meantime, his humungously successful takeaway, on Evergreen Street, continues to attract a queue of diners every day before they open the doors at 1pm, lucky people who know that they are getting high-end Japanese dining, at take-away prices.
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