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Tokyo restaurants - comments/ views welcomed

Just got a booking with Aronia for 19 March. Was quite suprised to get a reservation as I thought its pretty difficult to book. Booking was fast and easy; did it by email.

Feb 09, 2010
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Tokyo restaurants - comments/ views welcomed

I fully appreciate your comments. The reason why we're going to Atelier is for sentimental reasons.

But you've given me smthg to think about re: Takazawa. Since I have a couple of nights which I have not yet allocated restaurants, I'll check up Takazawa. Thanks.

Feb 07, 2010
yumzes in Japan

Tokyo restaurants - comments/ views welcomed

Thanks, thats helpful. Tofuya's fully booked for the date I planned to go and am trying to get another date. I'll try and get a private room.

Am having problems making reservations with some of the sushi places as they're quite insistent that we speak japanese (we do, but basic!). Am wondering whether not speaking japanese is going to be that much of a problem given that most high end sushi places (eg Sushi Aoki, etc) we've been to in the past were rather sombre affairs where the itamae didnt really interact with the japanese customers...

Feb 05, 2010
yumzes in Japan

Tokyo restaurants - comments/ views welcomed

Thats the one! I went there in '99-'00. The old lady there was pretty fierce. She told me off when I crossed my legs and my foot accidentally touched one of the compartments where female customers put their handbags.

Feb 05, 2010
yumzes in Japan

Tokyo restaurants - comments/ views welcomed

Thanks, thats helpful to know.

Btw I was wondering if you've come across a Japanese restaurant mag called Tokyo calender. If so, how would you compare it to Tabelog and the rest?

Feb 03, 2010
yumzes in Japan

Tokyo restaurants - comments/ views welcomed

My wife and I will be in Tokyo in the second and third week of April for one and a half weeks and we have shortlisted the following restaurants to dine at. We 're familiar with Tokyo as we go there every two years. Apart from Yoneyama (which we went to 4 years ago) the rest of the restaurants is new to us and we would welcome comments on those restaurants and (even on Yoneyama as its been some time).

1. Ryugin

2. Tofuya Ukai

3. Ristorante Aso

4. Umi

5. Yoneyama

6. L'Atelier Robuchon

7. Casa Vinatalia

8. Birdland

We're also considering including several other restaurants – Kondo, Dons de la Nature and Sushi but wanted to leave some days free for curry, ramen, okonomiyaki and soba.

We've tried to get the concierge at the 4 seasons to make reservations at the above restaurants, but have been told that the restaurants only take reservations in the beginning of March. I'm wondering whether that is true as having scanned through the various threads here, I've noticed that some chowhounders have managed to get reservations 3 months in advance (or is that limited to certain restaurants)?

If anyone could help out with curry suggestions that would be much appreciated. Our preference is to have curry which is more Jap than Indian (if you know what I mean!).

Lastly, this is probably a long shot, but does anyone know of a Tonkatsu restaurant in Ebisu which is in a house? A friend, who used to work in Morgan Stanley, brought me there and it was just a few minutes walk from his office.

Thanks so much.

Feb 03, 2010
yumzes in Japan