If, like me, you’re a Japanophile, you probably already know of and love Kofuku. Because there’s no other place in the city – not even Wasabi by Morimoto – that is an ode to Japan like Kofuku.
Japanese for “welcome”, these are the first (and last Japanese) words you hear as you enter the dining section, where segregated seating arrangements reflect a modernised version of the original dining styles.
Fresh from a visit to the Land of the Rising Sun, I notice that visually, the restaurant hits all the right notes. The painted backdrop and partitions are reminiscent of cherry blossom seasons recorded across Japan’s many castles and palaces. I am so nostalgic I almost tear up (no exaggeration), though I’m careful not to dampen the expansive menu.
Instead, I focus on the Japanese staple: miso soup, edamame, salmon roll, and chicken teriyaki. What’s interesting is that the Japanese actually eat far more vegetables on a meal-by-meal basis than are seen in Japanese restaurants in the city. But when you have delicious fillets of salmon sitting in front of you, none of this actually matters.
These words, which translate to “thank you very much”, are probably the most frequently heard in Japan. They are a very polite people. Walk into a restaurant, get seated at a table, step onto a bus, walk into a bar and ask for the washroom, and all you hear is arigato gozaimasu. And now, after finishing my meal here, this is what I want to convey to the restaurant (and anyone associated with it).
Just before leaving, I visit the washroom and am pleasantly surprised to find the kind of washlets that you find all over Japan (even in the smallest and oldest villages), which, in a true sense, sums up a complete Japanese experience.
How to get there:
Where: Kofuku, 6th Floor, Suburbia Mall, Linking Road, Bandra West, Mumbai
Contact: 022 30151018
Timings: All Days – 12 Noon to 3 PM, 6 PM to 11:45 PM
Cost: ₹2,000 for two people