[ 箱根 ] Gora Kadan 強羅花壇

 

[ 只有我們的古色古香 ]

Gora Kadan is considered one of the best Japanese Ryokan in the Hakone area. The Kadan belonged to a member of the imperial family and is a time piece. If we were to stay at this Ryokan around the time we were there, we had to spend at least 180,000 JPY per night. Although it includes breakfast and dinner, it is… (continue reading...)

強羅花壇是在箱根來說算是貴+頂級的旅館之一.  花壇曾是皇室成員的夏宮, 自1930年到現在幾乎沒什麼變. 我們去的那段時間如果要住這, 每晚至少要花上 18 萬日幣. 雖然是包早晚餐, 不過價格算滿高的. 除了 住宿外, 這邊的懷石料裡也是很有名. 許多書上提到如果住不了這, 至少來這吃一餐吧! 透過了…


… opentable 網站訂位, 坐 taxi 到這時還滿 shocked 的, 本來以為這邊應該很日式, 但是一看房子居然是間像 Tudor 的英式建築, 而且餐廳裡面的裝潢也很英式. 但後來才知道這是歐式的別館, 另外一館才是日式.

Shock No. 2 是, 我們一進去才發現我們是餐廳裡那段時間唯一看得到的客人…. 那時就覺得有點怪, 不是很有名嗎?! 怎麼沒什麼人? 而且網站上隔天 (日本國定假日) 的中午和晚上是完全訂不到位子!  不過我們是六點去啦… 後來比較晚時就有其他客人進來. 只不過一開始在這種老房子只有我們和我們的 waiter 的感覺是有點 interesting 啦….

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… still considered to be quite pricey. But this place is famous for its quality and service. So I think maybe this might have been worth the price. Books mentioned that if you are not going to stay at this hotel, at least try the Japanese kaiseki cuisine here. So we booked a dinner at the Kadan through the opentable website. Somehow I thought the place where we dined would be pretty Japanese. But we were quite shocked to see this big English-looking building in front of us when taxi dropped us off. Later we found out this is the old western style building. There’s another building that is in the traditional Japanese style.

We got there quite early (around 6pm) so we were the only guests seen in the restaurant. The place was apparently all booked the days after (national holidays in Japan). The only day free was the day we were there.

 

這邊的 menu 很簡單, 也就是看價格選要哪一個組合, 然後就是一連串的驚喜.
The menu here is pretty simple. There were several sets with different price tag. So you just put the set and wait for the surprises.

   

我們點的東西的一些簡單的照片. 照片可能看起來不怎麼樣, 不過其實真的很棒.
A few simple photos here of what we got. I don’t think they do justice to it but these are the photos I have now.

我們的服務生帥哥英文不錯, 而且感覺就有點像電影 Gosford Park 中的管家那樣, 而且老爺拋出來的問題他都幫我們照顧的超出想像.
Our waiter was quite memorable. Somehow he had the air of the butler in the movie Gosford Park and always gave more than what we expected for our questions or requests. He totally did not feel like a waiter but more like a butler.

晚上山區下雨, 我們只好從計程車上照強羅花壇的英式建築. 強羅花壇其實離強羅火車站很近 (走幾分鐘就可到). 這是我會很推薦去的地方.
Too bad it was raining when we were leaving Gora Kadan. I managed to catch a photo of the western-style exterior from the taxi back window. The hotel is quite close to the Gora Station (within walkable distance). It’s one of the places that I’d recommend to friends.

Gora Kadan 強羅花壇
Kaiseki Kadan (the hotel restaurant website); 懷石料理餐廳的網頁): http://www.gorakadan.com/kadan/index.html

Gora Kadan website 強羅花壇網站: http://www.gorakadan.com/
English site: http://www.gorakadan.com/introduction/

 

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