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


Katrine Kirk said…
I was here for a business dinner on the 3rd. July 2014 and had the most memorable meal in years. I was absolutely fascinated by the architecture of the place. Although only built 9 years ago, the restaurant has an authentic feel of Japan from centuries ago. Most Building materials are salvaged from old Buildings elsewhere and put together to create a unique atmosphere. Allow an extra half hour to just soak up the sensual delights of the garden.

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