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michelin-starred izakaya

Robb S | | Jan 19, 2013 09:19 PM

So, I went to Okagesan, a Michelin-starred izakaya in Yotsuya, the other night, and I have to say it was a disappointing experience.

After reading the rave review in the Japan Times ( ), my expectations had been raised. The meal wasn't bad, mind you - there were a few very good dishes (the smoky katsuo tataki among them), and several very average ones.

But for Y8000 per person I've had much, much better food in many spots around Tokyo. Pretty much all of which also offer more comfortable seating as well as nicer and less chilly toilets.

To be fair they do have an excellent sake selection, but again, I've been to shops with equally good selection in more comfortable surroundings, and spent only half the money. Their no-smoking policy is also a plus, and service was friendly. On the minus side is their menu policy - prix-fixe dinners, starting at Y5000, are the only choice, although they can be supplemented by add-on dishes. (Our add-on item of a tataki dish called namero turned out to be the high point of the evening.)

And at the risk of repeating myself, their seating arrangements are somewhat substandard - I really felt sorry for the party of seven men next to us on the horikotatsu who were crammed into a not-very-spacious four-top.