Hey guys, am planning on another foodie trip to tokyo in April, and would like to seek your opinions on which restaurants I should check out! (post from my last visit http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/873423)
Anyway will be there for 6 days and will have 10 meals! Am thinking along the lines of maybe around 4-5 sushi meals, 2 kaiseki, 1 tempura, 1-2 french, and maybe 1 unagi.
My last trip I went to Sawada (was my fav), Yoshitake and Sushiso Masa. For this trip I am considering the following:
Other than Saito, I would like to get your views on the other 3. I quite enjoyed it last time at Sushiso Masa, and knowing he honed his skills under Keiji Nakazawa at Sho, how do the 2 shops compare? Ive heard that Masa has better tsumami, while Sho has better nigiri? Also for Umi, I understand its a favorite amongst many Hong Kong and Taiwanese people (and it does have 2 stars), but its tablelog ratings are incredibly low so just wondering whether it is still worth going? For Miyakozushi (http://www.luxeat.com/blog/miyako-sus...), luxeat called it 3-michelin-star caliber, but there is very limited info on the internet regarding this sushiya, has anyone here been there and could share your experience? I am open to visiting 1 more, as of now I am considering going back to Sawada or maybe checking out something new if you guys have any recommendations. Price isn't an issue, and I am looking for something similar to the Sawada / Saito style as opposed to Umi / Sho where its less serious and more fun. Sukiyabashi Jiro? Sushi Ichikawa? Or any other up and coming shops that are worth visiting? (unfortunately Araki only opens till March and is already fully booked)
For Kaiseki I am thinking Matsukawa and Den (am pretty set on Matsukawa but not too sure about Den). Understand Matsukawa used to be referral only but apparently now they take reservations? Anyone been recently? (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/927521). And regarding Den, I have heard mixed reviews. Just wondering if you guys can let me know what are your thoughts on it / whether you have other recommendations. I read a post somewhere saying Ryugin is better (although hard to compare) but I honestly thought Ryugin was way overrated.
Tempura: Debating between Mikawa and Rakutei. A few friends say they are about the same level (better than Kondo which I did not enjoy at all). Anyone been to both? Coz I have been to Rakutei and really enjoyed it.
French: Quintessence vs L'osier? Been to Quintessence and really enjoyed it (lunch). Am thinking of going to dinner, is the experience similar to lunch or is it much much better? Also understand that L'osier just reopened, normally it would take a few months for them to get consistent but would appreciate if you guys can let me know how these two compare.
Unagi: Anyone been to Kabuto? Is it really THAT amazing? Been to Chikuyotei / Nodaiwa but they were just ok imo...
Izakaya: Also has anyone been to the likes of Kane Masu and Shimada? Can anyone please share your experiences (ive never been to any izakayas in Tokyo, apparently theres a minimum 1.5-2 hour queue every night.)
Thanks a lot guys! Look forward to hearing your feedback!