English Reviews (Reviews Total Language : 29 reviews)
I've lived in Japan for over 10 years and my lunch at Ibuki was one of the best meals I've ever had. Every morsel was sublime. I walked in on a brisk winter's day at 12:20pm and was the third person seated at the counter. The restaurant filled shortly thereafter (private rooms were already full). ... I had the smaller course menu and didn't finish eating until 2pm. From the tofu, to the four servings of rice (I study the tea ceremony, so I was familiar with this part of a kaiseki meal as tea kaiseki also serve the rice in various stages of being cooked), to the buri teriyaki, the maguro with garlic, wasabi and salt, the steamed dish, homemade pickles, and the pumpkin ice cream with azuki, I was astounded by every course. The chefs were all under the age of 40. Extraordinary talent and great fun to sit at the counter and watch the magic!
Visited January 2019
“The best of our trip ”
It was our 6th and last Michelin starred restaurant we visited during this lovey trip. It was probably the best also! We had an omakase and for sure you will not leave hungry. Kaiseki is a typical Japanese ceremonial traditional meal where you get many courses. We were 4 and my 2 children couldn’t k...eep up with all this food. The food was creative and they put an emphasis on using the right plates and bowls to enhance the meal experience. It is mainly fish based and no question this is the best quality of fish you could expect. The staff speaks basic English but it doesn’t matter because it is a set menu and you are just expecting dishes to come one after the other. It is a very friendly place and they greeted us with a Japanese way when we entered the restaurant (including their Japanese customers!). When we left, the whole staff went out on the street to salute us with the traditional Japanese respectful bow! (I have never seen it and it is quite a humbling experience). The restaurant is easy to find, we used the iPhone map (even if you don’t have connection, we searched it at the hotel where there is connection and then the phone compass takes over when you lose connection on the street). I would have easily given a 5 stars for the food but like all Michelin starred restaurant we visited don’t expect to see the grandiose experience you will have at Daniel or Per se in NYC. Restaurants are small with private rooms and little ambiance but it doesn’t matter because the food is phenomenal.
Visited November 2018
Visited during lunch and it was nothing short of amazing. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is a really great experience. Best meal during my 7 day stay in Tokyo. Thank you!
Visited July 2018
“A Most Splendid Kaiseki Restaurant”
Our lunch restaurant for today was Ginza Ibuki, a kaiseki restaurant. It is less than 10-minutes walking distance from APA Hotel Shintomicho Ekimae, where we were staying. Ginza Ibuki is famous for its fried tofu, fish dishes, and rice cooked in an earthenware pot. Every dish served to us was sp...lendid and Mom, who has a small appetite, finished everything. It seems none of the staff speaks any language except Japanese so one of them wrote the names of the dishes in Kanji, guessing that we probably read Chinese. It didn't matter, though. The food was excellent and that's all that really mattered.
Visited May 2018
Ginza Ibuki is an interesting place to eat. It's not exactly what you'd expect from a Michelin starred kaiseki place - the food is not quite dainty and other-worldly enough for that, plus the portions are very generously sized. But it's also more than kappo or certainly izakaya fare. Frankly, I l...iked that it was either a tick-more-casual kaiseki experience (or a tick-more-formal kappo experience - you decide...). We sat in one of the private rooms (party of six), but from the buzz and chatter outside it was clear that everyone at the counter was having as good a time as we were. A word on location - although it has a Ginza address, it's a bit north and east of the main Ginza landmarks (Mitsukoshi/Wako/Kabukiza). So, go with a good map or a Japanese speaking companion. That said, the quiet, back street location adds to the atmosphere. And, guaranteed, you will not leave hungry...
Visited January 2017