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Top Japanese restaurants in Tokyo

The dates are not set yet. They will be adjusted according to when I can get the actual reservations. The plan is to go from mid October to mid/end decenber.

about 6 hours ago
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Top Japanese restaurants in Tokyo

I am sorry Robb. I am seeing hhosts in clear daylight on this forum now. I need to adjust my attitude and don't expect the worst of everyone even though I have had my fair share of negativity. You certainly have nit contributed to that negativity, so I shiuld have known it was a joke.

The meal offer still stands and if you prefer Thai food (seems like you are on a roll in terms of Thai) I have Siam Heritage Tokyo on my list. I want to try their Massa Man curry which comes recomended and is served in a hollowed out pineapple shell.

You can join me anywhere you like besides Thai too. Just let me know what you'd like. I have had so much use for the information on your website, I certainly would like to pay you back with a meal and also hope it turns into a nice social get to know each other where we can share each others passion for food and restaurant dining.

about 17 hours ago
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My plan for the sidetrip to Kyoto is finished

Thanks. That blog was new to me. I will take a look.

1 day ago
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Top Japanese restaurants in Tokyo

Do you think that was called for? Have I done something wrong to you, Robb? I actually even tried to be friendly to you by inviting you for a meal. I really don't understand what I did to you to provoce this reaction.

1 day ago
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Top Japanese restaurants in Tokyo

No problem at all. The thread is very old though and a new thread has been created because the planned trip back then is becoming a reality just now.

Aug 27, 2014
Roysen in Japan

Top Japanese restaurants in Tokyo

Miami? Why would anyone consider a US sushi restaurant compared to a top sushi yasan in Tokyo?

Maybe I misunderstand you and you really are trying to say something else?

Aug 27, 2014
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Identify this sushi-ya...

My guess is Takumi Shingo. On second thought they are not introduction-only.

Aug 26, 2014
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High-End Sushi in Tokyo with easier reservations

I just wanted to add that I also have finally decided on a selection of easier reservation high end sushi yasan for my trip. We had reserved 4 spots for this. Two for dinner and two for lunch. We chose Sushi Taku, Sushi Kimura, Sushi Ichi and Sushi Shin.

The last one is totally unknown to me, but Shinji recomends it highly.

Is there anyone here who has been there.

Aug 25, 2014
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My plan for the sidetrip to Kyoto is finished

Thanks for your advice. I am not so sure I caught the essence of what you tried to tell me when you wrote this:

"please check carefully the implied etiquette and self esteem of Kichisen's chef. If you were to tell him what your plan is, he might refuse to have you as a customer. Please report back on this one, should things go as I think they well might."

Would you mind elaborating?

To be clear I have no intention of telling any of the restaurants about the other restaurants. I am not sure if that was what you had in mind.

Aug 24, 2014
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Daisan Harumi - Changes

Does anyone know where Kawashima-san is working now?

Aug 22, 2014
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Best Italian

What do you guys think about Antica Osteria Del Ponte?

Aug 20, 2014
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Wine bars in Tokyo

Yes, sorry. I should have been more precise about my visiting hours. I can't go there until they are open of course. Thanks for reminding me.

Aug 20, 2014
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Wine bars in Tokyo

Thank you very much!!!

Aug 19, 2014
Roysen in Japan

Wine bars in Tokyo

I have read the post here informing about the wine bar Parabola. It sounds like my second home durng daytime while in Tokyo. I will however stay quite a few days in Tokyo and would like to have a few options to Parabola. From those options I hoped to have a more focus on Italian red wine than Parabola has. One of my favourites would be Quintarelli Amarone for instance. Somewhere they have a nice Richebourg wold also be right up my alley.

Edit: I can see that my Richebourg craving will be satisfied when I arrive at Mille Carresses in Osaka. So that leaves me somewhere to find Quintarelli.

Any suggestions?

Aug 19, 2014
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Hokkaido suggestions

Snacking between lunch and dinner is the plan. Just a Donburi with Uni and Ikura. 5PM is no problem.

Aug 17, 2014
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Dim Sum in Osaka

Anywhere with good Dim Sum in Osaka?

Aug 17, 2014
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Hokkaido suggestions

I refuse to let provocations put me down. So I am going to continue my threads on the trip I have planned to Japan. The plan outlined in the OP of this opost is still valid except the restaurant list has been slightly changed. The work with booking restaurants will start next week. Then we will see how difficult this becomes. I will use the help of the Tokyofixer Shinji Nohara to do this. The upated restaurnt list is this. There will be no more changes now. We hope to convince some of these restaurnt owners/chefs to give us a reservation by showing up at their restaurnt for reservation with a copy of my medical journal proving my illness and explaing to them how important this trip is for me as the last which I have before it is all over. I am keeping my fingers crossed it will help.

Picchu is apparently open to 1am nightly, so that will be our nightly snack place in Sapporo. i will also snack at Uni Murakami between lunch and dinner in Hokodate.

Reviews will appear daily while I am on the ground in Japan.

HOKKAIDO LUNCH
Sushidokoro Minami
Sushizen Honten
Sushisai Wakichi
Moilere
Miya-vie

HOKKAIDO DINNER
Michel Bras TOYA
L'oiseau par Matsunaga
Sushi Hidetaka
Sushi Tanabe
Nukumi

Aug 17, 2014
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My plan for the side trip to Osaka is finished

I refuse to let provocations put me down. So I am going to continue my threads on the trip I have planned to Japan. The plan outlined in the OP of this opost is still valid except the restaurant list has been slightly changed. The work with booking restaurants will start next week. Then we will see how difficult this becomes. I will use the help of the Tokyofixer Shinji Nohara to do this. The upated restaurnt list is this. There will be no more changes now. We hope to convince some of these restaurnt owners/chefs to give us a reservation by showing up at their restaurnt for reservation with a copy of my medical journal proving my illness and explaing to them how important this trip is for me as the last which I have before it is all over. I am keeping my fingers crossed it will help.

Reviews will appear daily while I am on the ground in Japan.

OSAKA LUNCH
Takoyasu
Quintocanto
Sakurae Toyonaka
Point
Koryu
La Becasse
Kitcho Osaka Koraibashi Honten

OSAKA DINNER
Kitahachi
Sushi Harasho
Sushi Saeki
Momen
Fujiya 1935
Kahala
Hajime

Aug 17, 2014
Roysen in Japan

My plan for the sidetrip to Kyoto is finished

I refuse to let provocations put me down. So I am going to continue my threads on the trip I have planned to Japan. The plan outlined in the OP of this opost is still valid except the restaurant list has been slightly changed. The work with booking restaurants will start next week. Then we will see how difficult this becomes. I will use the help of the Tokyofixer Shinji Nohara to do this. The upated restaurnt list is this. There will be no more changes now. We hope to convince some of these restaurnt owners/chefs to give us a reservation by showing up at their restaurnt for reservation with a copy of my medical journal proving my illness and explaing to them how important this trip is for me as the last which I have before it is all over. I am keeping my fingers crossed it will help.

Reviews will appear daily while I am on the ground in Japan.

KYOTO LUNCH
Motoi
Il Ghiottone
Sojiki Nakahigashi
Yonemura
Hyo-tei
Wakuden Kodaiji
Akasaka Tsuruya
Misoguigawa
Gion Chimera

KYOTO DINNER
Ogata
Gion Sasaki
Mizai
Gion Suetomo
Kichisen
Kikunoi Honten
Kitcho Kyoto Arashiyama Honten
Chihana
Nakamura

Aug 17, 2014
Roysen in Japan

My plan for the main trip to Tokyo is finished

I refuse to let provocations put me down. So I am going to continue my threads on the trip I have planned to Japan. The plan outlined in the OP of this opost is still valid except the restaurant list has been slightly changed. The work with booking restaurants will start next week. Then we will see how difficult this becomes. I will use the help of the Tokyofixer Shinji Nohara to do this. The upated restaurnt list is this. There will be no more changes now. We hope to convince some of these restaurnt owners/chefs to give us a reservation by showing up at their restaurnt for reservation with a copy of my medical journal proving my illness and explaing to them how important this trip is for me as the last which I have before it is all over. I am keeping my fingers crossed it will help.

Reviews will appear daily while I am on the ground in Japan.

TOKYO LUNCH
Sense
Fook Lam Moon Ginza
Hei Fung Terrace
Chugoku Hanten Fureika
Cuisine Michel Troisgros
Maison Paul Bocuse
Beige by Alain Ducasse
Aoyama Florilege
Esquisse
Apicius
La Tour D'Argent
L'Equateur
L'Atelier Joel Robuchon
Ristorante Aso
Aoyama Sitaara
Siam Heritage Tokyo
Sekine
Katsuzen
Imafuku
Yoshibashi
Ukai-tei Omotesando
Ginza Hirayama
Aragawa
Shima
7chome Kyoboshi
Tempura Kondo
Tempura Raku-tei
Tsujitome
Seika Kobayashi
Seisoka
Ginza Okuda
Genydana Hamadaya
Aoyagi
Sushi Kyubey Ginza
Sushi Ichikawa
Sushi Kanesaka Ginza
Sushi Mitani
Sushi Sawada
Sushi Araki
Sushi Mizutani
Sushi Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten
Sushi Saito

TOKYO DINNER
Pierre Gagnaire
Quintessence
L'Effervescence
L'Osier
Joel Robuchon
Aronia de Takazawa
Les Creations De Narisawa
Ishikawa
Aroma Fresca
Prisma
Torishiki
Ginza Miyama
Kawamura
Tempura Uchitsu
Fugu Fukuji
Usukifugu Yamadaya
Kurogi
Tomura
Azabu Kadowaki
Ginza Okamoto
Kohaku
Morikawa
Jimbocho Den
Yonemura
Fukudaya Kioicho
Aoyama Esaki
Matsukawa
Azabu Yukimura
Ginza Koju
Nihonryori Kanda
Kikonoi Akasaka
Kitcho Tokyo Ginza Honten
Nihonryori Ryugin
Kyouaji
Sushi Kanesada
Sushi Ginza Harutaka
Sushi Umi
Sushi Sho Masa
Sushi Sho Saito
Sushi Sho
Sushi Yoshitake
Sushi Hashiguchi

Aug 17, 2014
Roysen in Japan

Hokkaido suggestions

Aug 15, 2014
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Question re. November Reservations - Restaurants I'm waiting to book and likelihood of availability/issues

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Aug 14, 2014
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Question re. November Reservations - Restaurants I'm waiting to book and likelihood of availability/issues

Thanks Terrych. That is very valuable information. I will need to do more research on MC before deciding what to do.

If you look into my posts you will find that I have raised the very question you, Robb and I are now discussing from the vety start that I presented my itinerary for my trip.. The question was if MC is a drop in place for a late evening snack? So I certainly wanted to make sure before putting it into my plan. I stopped persuing the answer to that question when my fixer told me word for word what I now have quoted on this thread. That is the truth. He had recomended MC before that as a regular restaurant to visit, but came up with the quote when I asked if any of his suggestions would suite my need for that late evening drop in snack.

That you don't believe me really is not something I can't do anything about. It is also really more your problem than mine since I know it is truth.

Having said that my fixer also wrote that Yamashita also would fall into a late evening drop in snack place contrary to what members here are writing.

Aug 14, 2014
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Question re. November Reservations - Restaurants I'm waiting to book and likelihood of availability/issues

Thanks for that info, Robb! Before terrych entered the scene with his info I was told Mille Carresses belongs into the first category you mention. "Perfect place for snacking" were the actual phrasing from the local contact. That is why I hesitated to the info from terrych. If you take a look at the menu of Mille Carresses they do serve a la carte and that menu is quite short.

Aug 14, 2014
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Question re. November Reservations - Restaurants I'm waiting to book and likelihood of availability/issues

I am sorry terrych! I appologize. I mistook some of the posts made by others as coming from you. Please forgive my reactions. They were not meant for you.

In terms of Mille Carresses, they are listed as a wine bar on tabelog. Because of that I assume they will be used to people coming with a priority to drink wine with some food to go along with the wine. I would never tell anyone inside what I call my snack places that I consider it as a snack place. I would rather complementing them on their wine list, prepare ahead what wines I would like to order and tell them I came primarily because they have these great wines on their list.

Aug 14, 2014
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Question re. November Reservations - Restaurants I'm waiting to book and likelihood of availability/issues

I forgot to mention that I have been told by this local that Mille Carresses is the perfect place for snacking and wine/sake. I trust him a lot more than someone here who obviously don't want me to find the good restaurants.

So that is my last post here. Thanks for the help of those who sincerely wanted to help and good luck to those who want to stick around and try to make this a good forum. If things change I might come back with reports from my trip.

Aug 13, 2014
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Question re. November Reservations - Restaurants I'm waiting to book and likelihood of availability/issues

I think that would be an excellent idea.

Aug 13, 2014
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Question re. November Reservations - Restaurants I'm waiting to book and likelihood of availability/issues

Why should it be anyones source of frustration where I should decide to dine. I really don't understand this and if anything is "silly" as was expressed by Silverjay I surely must be that attutude.

Aug 13, 2014
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Question re. November Reservations - Restaurants I'm waiting to book and likelihood of availability/issues

I see no reason to continue this, terrych. Do you?

Mille Carresses was recomended to me by a local when I had explained what I was looking for. Almost every restaurant on my list needs to be verified by locals I am in touch with outside chowhound before it will be entered to the list. I never wrote that Tabelog lead me to it, but you will not find anything in URL the links I provided which indicates that it is somehow "best" at anything. They have a great wine list which can be seen on their website and they have a few dishes that seems like very tasty snacks. The pictures also reveal an interior design and environment appealing to me. Is that somehow provocing to others, then so be it. I can't understand why and see no real reason why I should take that into consideration.

Aug 13, 2014
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Question re. November Reservations - Restaurants I'm waiting to book and likelihood of availability/issues

Please understand the background for my trip. I have always loved sushi and raw fish. In Oslo I am the most visiting guest at all the top 5 sushi restaurant. As you probably know the quality of raw fish is not the best here in Scandinavia. I am a gourmet traveller from many years around Europe and I always make a priority to visit the best Japanese restaurants and sushi restaurants wherever I go. The best I have tried so far is Kinoshita and Jun Sakamoto in Sao Paulo as well as Koy Shunka and Pakta in Barcelona.

My ignorance did not at first think that sushi in Japan could be that much better until I read a travel article in the local newspaper from Kyubey back in 2000.

Since then it has been a dream of mine to go to Tokyo to dine at the best sushi restaurants.

In 2012 I set out to make the dream a reality. I had used the net extensively to set up a list of restaurants I wanted to visit. At the time I actually didn't know about a Tokyo Michelin guide. I used this board and tabelog to find the restaurants I wanted to visit and the knowledge I gained made the list reach outside sushi and sashimi even though those still had first priority.

The big problem back then was language and how to arrange the reservation. Then my research stumbled on the concept of the fixers. I can in touch with one and hired him. He extended my list even further still. The priority was always to experience the best Tokyo has to offer.

Then I came down to earth again when I was diagnosed with cancer and had to cancel the whole trip.

Since then I have been in constant treatment trying to get well again. Now the doctors have given up to make me well again and tell me I need to do the best with the time I have left. My big dream is still the Tokyo restaurant list, but now it is extended to all of Japan and not just Tokyo. So this trip and the list is what I have planned to make a priority of doing with the time I have left.

There has been invested an enormous amount of time in researching what restaurants should be on the list. I have studied both Japanese and English websites and blogs in detail.

Set against this background I assume you understand that it is the individual experiences inside the restaurants I am looking for. I also assume you understand that cultural background, what is considered real local cuisine, what others might think of my choices etc are totally irrelevant to me. I am only looking for the best experiences according to my own preferences. That is also what the restaurant list reflects. If you take a closer look at it you will also see that much of the list is based on information I only could have found on Japanese language webpages.

Aug 12, 2014
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