懐石(Kaiseki) or 会席(Kaiseki)
The beginning of Kaiseki is rather unknwown, with the earliest mention of Kaiseki dating back to the writings of Sen no Rikyuu in 1522.
Rikyuu called it 懐石. 懐 translates to “by your chest”, and 石 means rock.
At this time monks were only allowed to enjoy one meal before noon, so naturally at night, when the body temperature drops,
the monks would hold a warm rock close to their bodies.
The first known meaning of Kaiseki is “a type of food to satisfy the stomach and to warm the body”.
Paying homage to Japanese traditions, NAKA is an evolved version of Kaiseki.
The first character of this means “Meet” and the second character means “Seat” which translates to “Formal Occasion”.
At NAKA, we have taken this traditional style of Japanese cuisine and put an emphasis on
it being a new art form balancing color, texture and seasonality.