First Trip to Japan - Please Help!


#41

Had lunch at Sawada today. Next level sushi! Fish quality is incredible. Preferred the rice from Taka by Saito few weeks ago though.


#42

Saito-san’s rice is otherworldly, if memory serves. How crowded was Sawada at lunch? He has a few interesting usual clients who are mostly there to drink (incredibly)…


#43

5 of 6 seats were filled at Sawada. Terrific QPR for $230/pax.

Taka by Saito’s non-kasutera style tamago was also another highlight.


#44

Are the rumors true that Saito’s place is ichigen-san okotowari now?


#45

I don’t think so. The hotel concierge indicated their existing customers get first priority. Reservations now at ~ 9mths. :confounded:


#46

Whew!


#47

@teriyakichi @beefnoguy Visa Signature was able to secure me a dinner reservation at Goryu-Kubo for March 28th! It will be my first “big” meal in Japan. The options available are a 25000JPY menu or a 40000JPY option. The latter is a bit too risky for me, so I picked the former. I was browsing pics on IG and Tabelog and I am getting rather excited about it. I will keep you posted.

Visa Signature Concierge was very detailed with a lot of follow up in the few days it took to make this happen. I am going to see if they can help with a good sushi lunch at some point as well. The AmEx concierge that I attempted to use has been pretty useless so far. Let’s see what happens!


#48

OK, my intrepid eaters. Visa Concierge got back to me and said that they could get me a dinner reso at Harutaka. 4.34 on Tabelog. Should I take it? Doesn’t seem like Sawada or Tokami are going to in the cards for me this trip. They also are offering lunch resos at Kanesaka and Ginza Shimon.


#49

@djquinnc My hotel concierge suggested the following alternatives to the top end joints. Described them as being less touristy but very good alternatives nonetheless…

Sushi Iwa:
http://gm.gnavi.co.jp/shop/0117013702/

Sushi Nakamura:
http://gm.gnavi.co.jp/shop/0117028302/

Sushi Yui:

Or Sushiya - apprenticed at Saito


#50

over Kanesaka or Shimon.


#51

No right or wrong answers here - I think you’ll be pleased at just how awesome even the middle tier sushi can be in Japan.


#52

Have you finalized your eating itinerary?


#53

No! At least I don’t think so. So far it looks like this:

3/28
Lunch: L’Effervencece
Dinner: Goryu Kubo

3/30
Junk food at Tokyo DisneySea

4/3
Lunch: Wa Yamamura (Nara)

4/3
Lunch: Tenryu-ji Shigetsu (Kyoto)

4/4
Lunch: Bento at Kikunoi (Kyoto - pending confirmation)
Dinner: Miyoshi (Kyoto)

A friend of mine just left Tokyo and advised me to contact Miyaba for sushi. He spoke with the owner who said to call directly to make a reservation. I will certainly look into that. Not sure how much planning I need to keep doing. I also want to check out depachikas and mid-range tonkatsu and tempura places as well. But not sure if throwing in the towel is advised! At least I want to get one high end sushi meal at some point, preferably lunch. Not totally sold on the sushi lunch options the Visa concierge offered.


#54

Mizutani (Ginza) is awesome sushi, but AFAIR they serve dinner only. BUT Mizutani is concierge friendly to last-second rezzies.


#55

https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1301/A130103/13016524/

But looks like it is closed - boo!!!


#56

they closed last year


#57

Oh man! That sucks. Condolences.


#58

Sushi Mizutani, as in the former disciple of Jiro Ono?

Mizutani-san retired and closed shop, last day of service was 10/29/2016.


#59

(bringing the mountain to you…)

Since we are talking tabelog, here are their current top sushi-yas in the Tokyo Metro Area

I’m not sure what your exact date of departure will be, but surely there must be one you could get a rezzie at…


#60

I am putting the AmEx concierge and the Visa concierge to the test right now. Visa has been very responsive. AmEx…not so much.