This tiny, three-Michelin-starred restaurant is one of the best places in Tokyo to experience kaiseki dining, a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner. Despite it being located on the fourth floor of an anonymous office block, the cozy interior creates the feeling of a meal prepared in someone’s home, with the servers describing each dish as diners watch it being prepared at the counter. Chef Toro Okuda and his team serve a multi-course kaiseki menu, showcasing modern Japanese haute cuisine through ultra-fresh seasonal ingredients. It’s an approach that is based on fully expressing and enhancing the natural flavours of the produce in dishes that are deceptively simple and undeniable beautiful. Outstanding examples include an exquisitely light and soft prawn dumpling floats with angel hair scallions in a broth made with dashi stock, seasoned with sake, salt and soy sauce, while silky smooth sashimi is garnished with balls of cucumber and Chinese yam, plus seaweed and daikon. To enhance the experience for non-Japanese speakers, there’s a handy encyclopedia detailing each element of your meal, which might include summer delicacies like wild eel served either kabayaki-style (with sweet soy sauce) or shirayaki-style (without sauce), grilled ayu sweetfish or jellied in-season vegetables. Pair it all with a bottle of sake and toast to your lucky stars that you scored a reservation!
Why do people go there? To try the simple and beautiful traditional kaiseki dining in a three-starred Michelin restaurant
Address: Carioca Bldg. 4fl., 5-4-8 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan
Hours: Monday to Saturday at Lunch from 12:00pm to 1:30pm and Dinner from 6:00pm to 9:30pm
Want to book? We recommend getting in touch with a local or your concierge service with your hotel to do it for you. They don't take "international bookings" by phone. Tricky to get a booking but absolutely worth it!