English Reviews (Reviews Total Language : 32 reviews)
“Excellent but expensive kaiseki restaurant”
This small kaiseki restaurant is excellent and can be a price shock to the average American who is unprepared for prices in Tokyo. Located in a small street about a block off the main Ginza.. Each of the 16 courses are a work of art by Chef/Owner Kimio Nonaga, an Iron Chef Award Champion for 2002.... You will have an unforgettable dinner and the service by the hostess who does speak English is friendly, helpful but not intrusive. It was a great experience and made the price of the meal justifiable. Food: 7/5 (I do not recall ever giving a 7!), Sservice: 5/5, Decor: 5/5 Contemporary, spotless, and very attractive. Price: $$$$$
Visited April 2017
“Real feast for the senses! ”
This was one of our favourite meals in Japan. I made a reservation via our hotel earlier and we were warmly welcomed. They have differently priced kaiseki meals which you can select during the reservation. The restaurant is small and cozy, with a warm ambience. Each dish was beautifully presented,... and tasted wonderful. There is one lady who can speak some English, and she kindly tried to explain some of the dishes to us. At the end of the meal, you can also take home the napkin, which has some kanji on it, as a souvenir. It was an excellent meal and I'm glad I chose this restaurant for my husband's birthday dinner.
Visited December 2016
“Great food....very enjoyable experience! ”
Food was beautifully prepared with great attention to detail and presentation. Simple yet exquisite flavours. The waitress was extremely helpful and provided a lot of information regarding each dish and its ingredients. Quite expensive but definitely worth the money.
Visited January 2016
“Dinner with an Iron Chef champion”
I was drawn into this restaurant by its beautifully austere exterior (no signs) and the lovely kimono-glad lady rinsing the front walk in preparation for opening. This was a very lucky break after wandering aimlessly in the Nihonbashi neighborhood near my hotel looking for some place interesting to... dine. The restaurant is as beautiful on the inside as its exterior. I was seated at the counter where I was able to watch Chef Kimio Nonaga (2002 Iron Chef Champion) meticulously prepare most of my nine-course kaiseki meal. Each course was beautiful and delicious and its contents thoroughly explained by the two servers who attended to me. Those lovely ladies took great care of me and sent me off with a souvenir napkin. I enjoyed delicious food, a beautiful and tranquil setting; it was a wonderful 2+ hour dining experience.
Visited March 2015
“Great value kaiseki in Nihonbashi”
I came upon this restaurant upon the recommendation of Ms. Yukari Sakamoto, a Tokyo-based food blogger and sake expert. According to her, it's one of the best places to get a good-value kaiseki meal in Tokyo. Kaiseki, or Japanese traditional fine dining, is a succession of small intricately prepared... dishes that reflect the changing seasons. It usually costs a bundle, by the way. At this restaurant though, they serve a less formal version of kaiseki for lunch in that they serve everything at once on a beautiful tray. We chose the Yukari Gozen set, which you have to reserve beforehand. For the volume and the quality of food we got, it was just 3500 yen. Here is what was included: - Chawan mushi - One small dish each of sashimi, simmered vegetables, grilled meat, vegetable and mushroom tempura - Miso soup - Rice with young bamboo shoots and dried seaweed - Fresh fruit in yogurt Everything was meticulously prepared and was such a visual and culinary treat. My mom and I were so charmed by everything, including the tasteful, relaxing interiors. If you're curious to try kaiseki but find the dinner prices a little daunting, I'd recommend trying Nihonbashi Yukari. I plan to go back in the early summer to see what is on offer! Fun fact: The chef, Nonaga-san, was the champion of Iron Chef in 2002. Try to book a seat at the counter to watch him in action. Unfortunately he wasn't around when we visited - hopefully will have better luck next time!
Visited March 2015