Chicago's high-profile, heavily experimental restaurant Next has been touring the world one cuisine at a time through its rotating menus focused on Thailand, el Bulli, and Sicily.

On Saturday, the first plates off the "Kyoto" menu were served to a lucky few ticket-holders after weeks of buildup that included the release of a three-part series of film noir-style promotional videos that frame the Japanese aesthetic central to the restaurant's current season.

The Kyoto tasting menu (also known as a kaiseki) will be served through the end of 2012, according to Next.

Fellow Chicago celebrity chef Graham Elliot tweeted a photo of the Kyoto kaiseki menu late Friday night, which includes dishes centered on sashimi, roasted fig, wasabi leaf and more.

Hat tip to Eater Chicago.

Will you be vying for a ticket to sample Kyoto? Did the promotional videos throw you for a loop? Tell us in the comments.