AreaMatsushima Bay

Ungai

伊達精進懐石 雲外 | Date Shojin Kaiseki Ungai

An indulgent take on traditional Buddhist monk cuisine

Photo by Wesley Keppel-Henry

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  • Wesley Keppel-Henry

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    Last Update
    October 15, 2019

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  • Ungai is a kaiseki restaurant located on the grounds of Entsuin, a Buddhist temple founded in 1647. It specializes in kaiseki multi-course meals and shojin ryori, traditional vegetarian Buddhist monk cuisine. Ungai bills its shojin cuisine as Date shojin ryori. A Date shojin meal is intended to be a luxurious experience, in contrast with more austere meals eaten by monks and served at traditional shojin ryori establishments

     

    A trip to Ungai begins by being greeted by the kimono-clad proprietress, the wife of the head priest of Entsuin. She will lead you to a private dining room, which looks out onto the temple garden.

    Date shojin ryori is served in a multi-course kaiseki style. The first course is an exquisite assortment of intricately arranged morsels. When I visited in early winter, these included cashew tofu and sweet simmered black beans speared onto pine needles. Several more courses follow, each beautifully arranged and incorporating seasonal ingredients in a variety of preparations. The proprietress speaks English well and is happy to explain the dishes and ingredients to foreign guests. The arrival of dessert signals the end of the meal service.

    Those desiring a fully vegetarian meal should request that at time of reservation.

    As a vegetarian for over 20 years and former chef, I have a deep interest in vegetarian culinary traditions. Of all the places I’ve enjoyed shojin ryori, Ungai is the most luxurious, a true fine dining experience.

    WEBSITEhttp://www.sensinan.co.jp/ungai/index.html

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Details

ADDRESS

Chōnai-67 Matsushima-machi, Miyagi-gun, Miyagi-ken 981-0213

ACCESS BY PUBLIC TRANSIT

5-minute walk from Matsushimakaigan Station (Senseki Line)

CREDIT CARDS

Accepted

HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE

No

HOURS

10:00–15:00

CLOSED DAYS

Wednesday

PHONE

022-353-2626

Food & Drink Details

VEGETARIAN/VEGAN

Yes

HALAL

No

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE MENU

No

NON-SMOKING

Yes

TABLE CHARGE

No

LUNCH HOURS

10:00–15:00

LUNCH LAST ORDER

14:00

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