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The Michelin Guide has consistently awarded more stars to Tokyo dining establishments than any other city in the world. I created this blog as my personal Tokyo restaurant guide, but I hope you will also enjoy reading it. If you have been to any of the same places feel free to leave some comments about your own experiences.

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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Kyubei, Ginza 久兵衛銀座

Kyubei is one of the "star" sushi restaurants in Tokyo. It has been recommended to on several occasions in the past year, so when a sushi-loving dining partner presented herself I grabbed the opportunity to go!

The Ginza headquarters is lively and popular and the (somewhat) English speaking chefs make it an easy experience for foreigners but one which, nonetheless, is a totally Japanese one. This is clearly a well-loved establishment by those who know good sushi, and it was clear on the evening we went that there were a number of regulars in our midst.

I think it's fair to say that Kyubei has played a little bit with the traditional sushi formula. It's more adventurous than say, Kanesaka, which is just as awesome in its sticking to the traditional formula. Honestly speaking I like both approaches and can appreciate each for what it is and what the chef is trying to achieve.

I hope the photos do justice to what was a delicious and enjoyable meal. Stand-outs were the anago rolls and the deep fried fish back-bones (amazing). The shrimp was so fresh it was still moving on the roll (which kind of grossed-out my dining partner, but made me wish I hadn't asked for mine to be boiled)...

I couldn't stop eating the seaweed on this plate and they couldn't stop re-filling it!

Those little fishies with ginger were a treat, as was the ikura.



Totally more-ish deep fried fish backbones!

This was a some kind of fish's liver. A very interesting flavour - like animal liver but a lot more bitter (good with sake).

Delicious fish with chestnut (Autumn feeling)

The uni was exemplary (ordered seconds)

Live shrimp (they were still moving...)

My dining partner was put off by the fact it was still moving on the rice (I agree that's kind of gross, but it doesn't come fresher than that!)

I opted to have mine cooked

And they nicely did up the tail and head. I don't normally eat the head, but this was superb.

Little scallops in the "gunkan".

Radish sandwich of shiso and plum

Lovely clear broth with a tofu thingy in it

Groovy bowl!

OK, the anago (eel) is simply to die for. We ordered seconds of that...

Assorted rolls to finish off

Kaki for dessert

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Tokyo Shiba Tofuya-Ukai, 東京芝とうふ屋うかい

After having lived in this town for more than 15 years sometimes I go to a restaurant and can hardly believe I've never been there before. Restaurant group Ukai's Shiba Park branch has been a massive oversight on my part. It's right next to Tokyo tower, but with its beautiful gardens and traditional Japanese architecture, it's a world away.

Tofu is the speciality here, and you can order sets of varying luxury and complexity. On my recent visit here, my dining partner and I opted for the least expensive choice  - the "Hana" menu which was around 10,000 yen per person. By no means did this leave us short of food, and everything was beautifully cooked and presented. The gracious kimono-clad waitstaff paired with it some delicious and relatively inexpensive sakes, which made it all go down very easily.

This place is a must visit if you need to visit out-of-towners. Don't leave it for 15 years like I did to try it out!

Yummy sake!

Mackarel sushi and edible chrysanthemum

Assorted sashimi

Scallop coated in rice cracker and deep fried, with satoimo and ginko nut

Tofu in seasoned soy milk

Grilled harvestfish

Rice with conger eel and miso

Milk jelly and a big grape in jelly

By the time with left Tokyo Tower had changed its spots!

Tel: 03-3436-1028

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Yasaiyamei, Omotesando Hills やさい家めい 表参道ヒルズ店

"Yasaiyamei" is not the easiest of names for gaijin to pronounce, but I highly recommend visiting this vegetarian restaurant in glitzy Omotesando Hills. For 2,000 yen at lunch you can sample their seasonal menu which is totally healthy and great value. The Autumn version is pictured here - it may be vegetarian but I promise you will not go hungry!
Tel: 03-5785-0606

Theodora, Meguro テオドーラ目黒

OK, I know I've been bad - no posts for a while, but I always come back, right?

Well here's a start. Try out Theodora in Meguro. It's a small French restaurant hidden away in an apartment building in the road heading to Shirokane. It's a gem, with friendly staff and good food. I recently tried it for lunch and I'll be back for dinner some time!

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Tel: 03-5791-2160