The Japanese people were hospitable and were proud that their Michelin starred chef produced an elaborate eight course menu.
The G8 Dinner Menu: The translation is from the Japanese Government according to the Daily Telegraph.
Corn stuffed with caviar
Smoked Salmon and Sea Urchin "Pain Surprise style"
Hot Onion Tart
Winter Lily Bulb and Summer Savory
Folding Fan Modeled Tray decorated with Bamboo Grasses for Tanabata Festival
Kelp-flavoured cold Kyoto Beef shabu-shabu, asparagus dressed with sesame cream
Diced fatty flesh of Tuna Fish, Avocado and Jellied Soy Sauce, and Japanese Herb "Shiso"
Boiled clam, tomato, Japanese Herb "shiso" in jellied clear soup of clam
Water Shield and Pink Conger dressed with Vinegary Soy Sauce
Boiled Prawn and Jellied Tosazu-Vinegar
Grilled Eel rolled around Burdock strip
Fried and Seasoned Goby with Soy Sauce and Sugar
Hairy Crab "Kegani" Bisque Style Soup
Salt-Grilled Bighand Thornyhead with Vinegary Water Pepper Sauce
Poele of Milk Fed lamb from "Shiranuka" flavoured with aromatic herbs and mustard Roasted Lamb with "cepes" and Black Truffle with emulsion sauce of Lamb's stock and pine seed oil
Our special selection Cheese, lavender honey and caramelized nuts
G8 Fantasy dessert
Coffee served with Candied Fruits and Vegetables
Le Reve Grand Cru Brut/La Seule Gloire Champagne
ISOJIMAN Junmai Daiginjo Nakadori (Sake)/Isojiman Shuzo Shizuoka
Corton Charlemagne 2005/Louis Latour Bourgogne
Ridge California Monte Bello 1997
Tokaji Essencia 1999 from Hungary
Corn stuffed with Caviar: People have been trying to make bio-fuel with corn. Now corn is deemed to be good enough to match Caviar.
Sea Urchin "Pain Surprise style": You sometimes wonder about Japanese Chefs. They have a wonderful sense of humour. Maybe this Japanese chef is with us. To step on a sea urchin is a painful experience as your flesh is connected to the outside world for days if not weeks. But it may just be the translation.
Kyoto Beef shabu-shabu: In
Fatty flesh of Tuna: This is the belly part of the Tuna that is highly valued by the Japanese and generally costs four to five times more than other cuts. I am not sure if they specifically tested these, but the higher fat content usually means higher mercury content too. Maybe the G8 submit guys don't worry too much about that.
Pink Conger, grilled eel: It shows how much the Japanese love eel. Conger eel is a lovely creature to see on snorkeling. I hope they leave some .
Bighand Thornyhead: This is a fish, very much like the Red Snapper.
Tokaji, not d’Yquem: For the French to be snubbed once is bad, but twice on the wine list? What has Sarkozy done to the Japanese, I wonder.
How much greener can you get?
A mere 40,000 Japanese Policemen were involved in ensuring the comfort of the participants during dinner. Only US $ 480 was spent for the whole summit. Oh, millions I mean.