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High End Thai restaurant in Tokyo

If anything, tabelog's scores for Thai restaurant confirm the opinions on this board regarding the relative paucity of good Thai restaurants in Tokyo. Only one scores above 4 and the second best scores a 3.7.

Jul 25, 2014
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High End Thai restaurant in Tokyo

Or, someone who wishes to explain confirmation bias could visit a place that receives a food score of 3.6 and is clearly a simple Japanese "Thai" curry house, where the top rated place in the category receives 4.1, and decide based on that data point that tabelog ranking are probably not worth while. ;)

Jul 23, 2014
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Ramen/Udon restaurants open on Sunday nights in Tokyo?

I didn't name those shops at random, I've been to all of them on a Sunday evening.

Jul 22, 2014
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Ramen/Udon restaurants open on Sunday nights in Tokyo?

Most of the good ramen shops recommended here recently are open, although often not open very late. Afuri, Warito, Gonokami-seisakujo, etc.

Jul 22, 2014
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Ishikawa Kagurazaka attire

No need for that at all. Mind you, you are supposed to magically appear as if you do not sweat at all, so get yourself one of those small face towels and use it before you enter.

Jul 22, 2014
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Ishikawa Kagurazaka attire

There's no dress code as such, but at least during the week most patrons will probably be in some sort of business/formal attire. I've seen people wearing anything and everything there, though.

Jul 22, 2014
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Ultimate foodie trip TOKYO DEC 2012!!

Easy. Even if you eat for 3 hours you're still going to be at Haneda before 10pm.

Jul 21, 2014
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Food Itinerary -hit it or miss it?

They only accept reservations one month ahead but all of the seats are already booked (or are expected to be booked) by regulars. Same story as Miyako, Mitani, etc.

Jul 20, 2014
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Whale in Kyoto

Oh, I see I wrote "quick ride from Tokyo". Kyoto, of course!

Jul 19, 2014
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A new sushi-ya...

Nice, but maybe a little jab at faux exclusivity is not a good analogy for a concentrated effort to advertise it.

Jul 19, 2014
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Food Itinerary -hit it or miss it?

Ah, I see. But if you pay careful attention to the Re: chain, you'll see the source of (your) confusion.

Anyway, I realize this is all just a way to explain that you're a *real* regular, or invited by one, which is cool.

Jul 18, 2014
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Food Itinerary -hit it or miss it?

Where do you see a reference to the steakhouse satou? Says right there in black and white Sushi Saito.

Jul 18, 2014
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Whale in Kyoto

Btw, it's in Osaka, but it's a pretty quick ride from Tokyo, receives very high scores on tabelog and serves some terrific looking whale dishes:

http://tabelog.com/osaka/A2701/A27010...

Jul 18, 2014
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L'Equateur, Florlige or Quintessence

Btw, I finally made it to l'Equateur. It's excellent, really. Their lobster and hamo dish was one of the best things I ever tasted.

Jul 17, 2014
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Salmon at any sushi-ya in Tokyo?

You can google polyphosphates, for example.

Jul 16, 2014
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Salmon at any sushi-ya in Tokyo?

Well, I was just trying to give you pointers to places where you can get what you wanted (baby salmon) after you kept going on about how you weren't getting anything done. Sorry.

Salmon isn't "more rare" in Tokyo. It's a problematic fish, and almost all of what's on offer in the cheap sushi places was farmed in Norway or the US, then shipped off to be processed in Chinese factories you don't really want to know about, pumped with volumizers, frozen, and shipped to various places (I imagine even Norway) to be sold at sushi chains like Zanmai, Parisian markets, or US supermarkets.

Jul 16, 2014
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Salmon at any sushi-ya in Tokyo?

Just so you won't say you don't get no service around here:

http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1307/A13070...

鮭児 (keiji salmon) served at a high end sushi-ya in Tokyo (I don't know this particular sushi shop

)

Of course it's also available in various Hokkaido-style restaurants. e.g.

http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1302/A13020...

Jul 15, 2014
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Salmon at any sushi-ya in Tokyo?

I've seen masu a couple of times, but it's fairly unusual.

Jul 15, 2014
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Whale in Kyoto

Sorry, didn't notice this was for Kyoto. I don't know the scene there very well but my gut feeling would be that it's much easier to get someone to serve you a whale course in Tokyo. (or just buy it in the market and eat it ;))

Jul 11, 2014
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Xiao Xiong Fan Dian

Order the 8000JPY course here:

http://kuronekoyoru.com/tc1204.html

Together with their fine list of aged rice wines, you'll be a happy camper.

Jul 10, 2014
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Sushi Ichiyanagi, Hatsune Sushi, Oshidori, Sushisai Wakichi

It's here (6th floor of "Green Building 2"):

https://www.google.co.jp/maps/place/3...

I recommend the more expensive/extensive course. Japanese only, mind you.

http://tabelog.com/hokkaido/A0101/A01...

Jul 10, 2014
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Whale in Kyoto

Tabelog has a whale category, although Komagata Dojo that scores relatively highly there is really a place for loaches.

http://tabelog.com/tokyo/rstLst/RC019...

Also, you could probably see if one of the kaiseki places would feature whale upon request. Yesterday I had an excellent dish of whale lardo hotpot at Ishikawa.

Jul 10, 2014
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High End Indian restaurant in Tokyo

Sounds like you're not very familiar with Indian cuisine (no offense), or alternatively only familiar with a very particular genre of Indian restaurants.

Nirvanam or Dhaba can both deliver a delicious meal, but neither one is going to offer particularly high end ingredients. Tandoori dishes, in general, are weak in Tokyo, and the only place I've found where they are better than the curries is Sitaara, where they also feature the occasional unusual seasonal item like shirako curry or grilled katuso:

http://www.sitaara.com/aoyama/seasona...

Jul 09, 2014
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Taking this off my food list this summer

They're ranched, not farmed. There's no commercially viable way to breed them in captivity afaik.

Jul 03, 2014
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L'Equateur, Florlige or Quintessence

Troigros - no. Maybe you can try Esquisse, which their former chef opened. (there was a massive exodus at Troisgros a couple of years ago and I'm not sure it ever recovered)

Bocuse is Hiramatsu, so no and no.

I haven't been to Tour d'Argent or Beige. Not very hopeful about either.

Jul 02, 2014
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Getting into saito

Jul 02, 2014
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Top 10 Izakayas in Tokyo - whats your suggestions

One thing that works well, assuming you have the capacity for it, is starting early at Kanemasu and then when you're done loving their pristine ingredients, strolling to one of the other excellent Izakaya in the vicinity.

Jul 01, 2014
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L'Equateur, Florlige or Quintessence

I like Quintessence much better than Florilege and I think some of the platitudes you see are cost related (as is the case with Den, for example). Haven't been to l'Equateur yet as multiple attempts to book via their site have been unsuccessful and I haven't tried to get in any other way.

Jul 01, 2014
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A new sushi-ya...

I know, I was responding to the OP, who I have to conclude dislikes sushi and should spend less time and money on it, given the grades. ;)

Jun 30, 2014
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Kitcho Tokyo

This is the main shop in Tokyo:

http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1313/A13130...

Jun 29, 2014
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