Tokyo Preview


#1

Posting my Tokyo reservations if there are any comments, I would be most appreciative. Unfortunately Tsukiji is moving the days we are there and many, many sushi-ya’s are closed, so the concierge could not book any of my sushi requests (Kurosaki, Sushi Umi, Kozasa, Shomasa). After much back-and-forth they suggested:
Kyubey Ginza
http://www.kyubey.jp/en

We also made reservations for kappo/kaiseki:

Goryu Kubo

and yakiori/kushiyaki at this concierge recommendation:

Ganchan Roppongi


#2

Reschedule your trip or head to another city… seriously


#3

Er, rescheduling flights can cost a bundle.


#4

Your comment seems like sarcasm, but you say “seriously” so just in case:

If you think the construction/changes around Tsukiji and the resulting effects on the immediately surrounding sushi restaurants is an issue worthy of diverting a trip from Tokyo another Japanese city, I disagree.
If you think not being able to eat sushi in Tsukiji means you will be left with only substandard options, you are plain wrong.

There are plenty of world class sushi restaurants in Tokyo outside of the area around Tsukiji.
I have never been to Kyubey, but its has an outstanding reputation.


#5

Meant it based on OP’s comments - if the move is truly disrupting the supply chain during the time he’s there; to the point of temporarily closing top sushi-yas in Tokyo (not the one’s in the Tsukiji market area) best to visit another city.

Yes there are certainly an endless variety of excellent non-seafood centric options in Tokyo; however personally being shut out of the top sushi-yas is a total Tokyo vacay kill-joy and would lead me to add an alternate city in my itinerary. One where the regular supply chain is not disrupted.

I like sushi…


#6

Does anyone know what dates specifically the move is scheduled? I imagine the supply chain disruption will extend beyond Tokyo given how many restaurants worldwide are importing directly from their wholesalers i.e SGOs, Saitos,Yoshitakes, Kanesakas etc.


#7

Looks like the closure will even affect some restaurant in Hong Kong. I think the OP mentioned that he is going to Hokkaido and Kyoto as well in another post.


#8

@teriyakichi Thanks for the info!


#9

What’s your interest in non-sushi/non-Kaiseki type Japanese food? Don’t know what your preference is but I’ve heard Narikura is one of the best pork katsu places in Tokyo. Unfortunately, I don’t believe they take reservations but might be worth lining up early to try.

Did you have any plans to get Wagyu or Oden? I haven’t been to either of these places but I’ve seen the names before on previous times researching. Looking at Tabelog Ningyocho Imahan’s main store has pretty good Tabelog scores and they seem to take reservations on TableCheck so I’m sure your hotel could help. For Oden, Azabu Ichigo has a Michelin star and offers an Omakase. Not sure what the cost there is but appears to range between $10K and $20K yen per person and I believe they take reservations.

Just putting out ideas off the top of my head but perhaps Tempura? I wouldn’t think they’d be affected by Tsukiji’s move. Or maybe Monjayaki - something I believe to be a Tokyo regional speciality. If you know Okonomiyaki its similar; but if I remember right they use Mochi in the batter and its more liquidy. Hope I’m not too off-base on these suggestions and that they help!


#10

Lots of other washoku, ramen, soba, udon, hamburg, omurice, tempura, tonkatsu, yakitori, yakiniku, okonomiyaki, monjayaki, teppanyaki, kappo, kaiseki, curry, Japanese-Italian, Japanese-French, Japanese-Chinese, morehkoorrer, kohee, mixology, boulangeries, patisseries, fruit parlours, etc. to endlessly keep one’s palate amused in Tokyo.

Damn! Now I wanna go!


#11

Italian, high end French, pizza, teppanyaki, izakaya, kappo izakaya, neighborhood places where you can do a bang bang, Chuka Ryori, ramen, fusion burgers, wagyu burgers, sake bars with food, tempura, unagi restaurants, yoshoku, hot pot and high end wagyu shabu shabu, killer yakiniku (featuring various parts), motsuyaki, kissaten, vegetarian, tapas bars, irish pubs, gyoza specialty shops, tonkatsu, Korean along Shin Okubo station and more

Oh don’t burden yourself with all high end eateries, it will get so boring afterwards and tablelog is just but a guide. Don’t get so hung up on Ginza sushi as some of it is so overrated and designed to make you feel left out as the Instagram influencers hog all the reservations. Even a run of the mill standing soba noodle bar for 390 yen hits the spot so good with a tabelog score of 3.08.

I’m actually in Tokyo now and picked this date because of the upcoming market move. If i can think of more specifics I’ll update the thread.


#12

@beefnoguy Have a good trip in Tokyo! Totally agree with the above. So many options, only so much time… I must admit that when I couldn’t get into the Oden place I’d looked up I just stopped by a convenience store, picked up some Oden there, and it was still tasty. :rofl:

I just remembered a place I had for lunch in Tokyo that I really enjoyed called Genkai in Shinjuku. They serve a chicken hotpot/stew called Mizutaki thats from the southern part of Japan.
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Pot of the chicken soup.
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I believe this was a porridge of the soup with rice.

The set was about 2300 yen and I got my own private room while eating. Was pretty packed since I didn’t have a reservation so I waited a good amount of time but it might be worth a shot!


#13

Try and see if these places will take reservations

Sushi Ryusuke (Ginza)
Ushigoro S (yakiniku)
Esquisse (Ginza, Japanese French), there’s also Quintessence, Florilege, Takizawa, L’Osier etc
Tacubo (Japanese Italian)
Tempura: Sonoji, Takiya
Kaiseki: Ishikawa, Kohaku, Ichita (Aoyama)
Izakaya high end: Kirakutei, Kotaro
Yakiniku Jumbo (Shirokane)
Den (fusion kaiseki)
Yakitori Shinka, Toriki (Kinshicho), Yakitoro Omino (Oshiage), Ranjatai (Jimbocho) all high end yakitori
Nodaiwa Godame Honten (unagi)
Imahan Honten (ningyocho) sukiyaki
High end motsuyaki (pork parts specialist) Nishi shinjuku Torishige (the Ginza one is a different restaurant, not that one)

Bang bang places:
Shinjuku Omoide Yokocho
Ebisu Yokocho
Harmonica alley in Kichijoji
Hobo Shinjuku near Yoyogi station south of Shinjuku
The mounds of eateries under the subway tracks by Yurakucho and Ueno stations… Pick and choose your bang! Or follow the salarymen in the evening and see where they go!

This is just scratching the surface.

Anything else?


#14

I hope you’re enjoying your time in Tokyo now!

I’m drafting up my itinerary for later in 2019 and most of the places I’ve considered/researched looks fairly similar to your list!


#15

Just saw this. Please try it for the rest of us who can’t go this fall.


#16

A few more tips:

Download the phone app called Ramen Beast. When you are in Tokyo open it and enable location, and you can find select ramen restaurants based on your current location (or you can navigate around). Managed to fine a few, although some were closed today. But I lucked out on one that was really good and it hit the spot. Though you should school yourself about the style and do a little more research before you decide to try, since some places have no English and you should kind of know what you are going to order before going in. You don’t want to do the Bruce Lee thing and order 8 entrees of egg based dishes by pointing at everything on the menu.

Shibuya: walk along the streets around the crossing and there is a chitload of affordable eateries, so many to choose from and some look very lively. If you go to the nearby bookstores like Tsutaya or Tokyu department store book section there is Japanese magazine that reviews 100 bars/eateries places just within Shibuya alone and the variety is staggering. Maybe $70 or below per person with drinks, depending on what you spend and for the quality you get is a steal. Again research before you go, not every place has staff fluent in English. I encountered a new favorite place, though nobody speaks English in there and if you can’t read kanji or Japanese you won’t know how to order, but the local food and vibe is supreme and perhaps exceeds the satisfaction level of other fancy restaurants. So this is not a place I can recommend others, but my point is that there are lots of good affordable non high score non upscale neighborhood places that are amazing. Learn the language, if not some of the lingo and work your way in, then doors will open. I will also recommend trying to learn as much about sake as possible especially if you enjoy it, it literally will open more doors as you find common ground with locals who love it as much as you do (or if you end up loving it more than they do, they will be very impressed).

Have backup plans in case some reservations backfire or things don’t go your way for whatever reason. Look also for options your stomach can handle in the sad event that you fall ill.

If you want to experience food eye candy or even snack around, I recommend the food court basements of

Takashimaya (Shinjuku)
Isetan (Shinjuku)
Tokyu Food Show (basement of Tokyu Shibuya)
Hikarie B2/B3 level (Shibuya) though mostly for the sweet stuff

For fun, drop by Tsutaya Books 2nd floor Starbucks and marvel at the tourists hogging the windows seats sipping their lattes watching the Shibuya crossing, then chuckle and locate your next food destination.


#17

Do a time-lapse video of the crossing for posterity’s sake, and then get back to eating.


#18

If I visit this Tokyo eatery, my complete lack of the Swedish concept of lagom will be their undoing… :wink:


#19

@CiaoBob have you lined up your reservations or plans yet? Need any more advice or help?


#20

Thanks so much.
I’ve got things pretty well set up