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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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Sunday, 7 April 2013

Kisentei, Tokyo Midtown 喜扇亭 東京ミッドタウン

When I booked at Kisentei for a business dinner, I knew that I was going to pay through the nose. Nevertheless there's nothing like a 130,000+ yen bill (five heads) to focus one's mind on whether cost-performance was achieved. Don't get me wrong, the food at this, the Tokyo Midtown member of the Imahan group (whose Yurakucho branch I reviewed last year) was fine. However there was nothing that really stood out as being particularly good, and I think for that price there should be something that really knocks your socks off. Even the wagyu was, well you know, only kind of nice. 

Ah, the ennui of Tokyo Eater...



Roberto said...

Nice pix.

But yes, for that money, the food should be mind-blowing. And it makes you – or at least me – wonder what the other customers think?

Is it a tourist/foreigner businessperson-focused place where the operators figure the customers won't be able to judge the quality?

Or a Japanese/foreign business dinner-focused place at which the food quality matters less than offering a controlled environment and a bit of dinner theater to visiting executives?

Hmmm ...

Dom said...

Without sounding like a stinge-bag, I think the main issue I have with this place is cost-performance. If it was half the price then I'd have come away thinking it was pretty good for what it was...

Roberto said...

At ¥130,000+ for five, few could accuse you of looking for a cheap meal!

And of course, cost-performance is an important benchmark for all of us in the 99%. :)