English Reviews (Reviews Total Language : 63 reviews)
“An experience I will always treasure”
Located just a few blocks from the towering ANA Intercontinental Hotel, Kien is a small, nondescript restaurant located on a narrow and low trafficked street. Somehow I knew walking up to the restaurant that this would be a special experience, and it was. I ordered a bottle of Sancerre while I await...ed my dinner companions. The first half of the 10-course tasting was well-suited for a white wine and Japanese food in general is highlighted best by a bit of sweetness, which this Sancerre was. The Sancerre was a great choice, but you'll notice there are very few options on the wine menu so this is probably by design. Each of the courses was beautiful and photo worthy. You can skip the photos but I indulged, mainly so that I could preserve the experience. About mid-way through the meal, after many "this is amazing" proclamations, each of us acknowledged and gave thought to our privilege and sincere gratitude for being able to dine in a restaurant as thoughtful and amazing as Kien. In that way, I suppose the meal was rather humbling. I am fortunate to have eaten at many fine dining establishments over my life, but few will be as memorable as Kien. We all left feeling a sense of gratitude I have not recognized in awhile. That is something special. I hope you will have the good fortune and luck as I had to spend an evening at Kien.
Visited November 2019
“Good stop to try Japanese Michelin rated food at good value !”
We’re family of 3, and we booked private dining for lunch . It’s the best meal we had in Tokyo and for what you get it’s very good value .
Visited October 2019
“An understated treasure”
The elegant entrance to this small Kaiseki restaurant tells you all you need. Beautiful with no signs, this small garden represents the harmonious meal and flawless service. You might find food as well prepared in Tokyo, but not better.
Visited September 2019
“Great Experience worth the accolades.”
They were very nice and accommodating for my wife’s allergies. The service is perfect. Even though there were language difficulties they went above and beyond to make us happy. I ordered Cold sake which improved as the evening progressed. Soy milk paste with avocado and small shrimp and sea urchin. ...Very balanced together Noodles with Mullet fish roe. Snapper with red bean for my wife. They were so pleasant and can speak enough English to take the pressure off. The sake recommendation was very good with the food. The seaweed base soup, room temperature is delicious. Junsai, dashi and vinegar and soy sauce and okra. Amazing combinations. White fish with shiso. The texture of the green seaweed seemed to be wrapped in its own gelatinous envelope. It was delicious. The scallop is from Hokkaido. Lightly breaded and perfect natural saltiness. Boy scallops from Hokkaido are special. My soup was with eel, sesame tofu and green beans. My wife’s duck was fabulous. My crab meat with raw egg and bean and slightly boiled clam. The egg imparted a natural sweetness to the bites. Chu toro is perfect. Grilled Black cod picked lotus root Turtle soup. Very hot with scallions. Seaweed with rice and snapper. Pickled vegetables. Wasabi soy sauce. For dessert, pistachio cream. Brown sugar pudding. With bananas and strawberries, grape and gold leaf and blueberries. This is a very special dinner.
Visited May 2019
“Best value kaiseki”
We ordered the most expensive degustation set at around USD160++ for 10 courses. Exquisite food, with the A5 Wagyu sirloin as the 9th course which was delicious. Everything was perfect. It was a small counter with just the head chef and 6 guests. Amazing value. I would pay at least double this price... elsewhere in Tokyo for this quality of food.
Visited May 2019