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2019 Tokyo Food Crawl – Day 7 Dinner: "Motoyoshi" – Michelin 1* Tempura

Charles Yu | Mar 14, 201912:34 PM    

This meal was undoubtedly hands-down, the eating highlight of my entire trip. Thank you again to my Foodie friend who used his connection in securing a tough reservation for us…….albeit a late 9.00pm seating.

The ‘star quality’ tempura, prepared by this ever improving chef, encompassed all of the following attributes: eye opening, educational, delicious, fun!....and oh! lots of food!!

We knew for sure we will be in for a great treat when upon entering the restaurant, we saw one of Tokyo’s most famous sushi chef – Sawada san and his wife sitting at the same counter as us?! For our Master Tempura Chef to have such an elite fellow compatriot chef as a patron would mean only one thing, he will have to go out of his way to ensure creating a flawless meal for his patrons and friends! Well, our prediction and observation was spot-on. The meal was indeed border line perfection. Seldom have I heard so many Oohs, Aahs and Oishis uttered by fellow patrons whilst sampling the food!

From the initial dainty offering of a fried minuscule edible foliage leaf, to the never ending offerings of pristine fresh seafood and wide array of organic vegetable ( all cooked and expertly covered by just a kiss of crispy, non-greasy batter ), to the final offering of the rice dish…. whereby customers have the options of picking a bowl the size of a half orange to that of a giant bike helmet!...the latter, if one is still hungry that is?! Every morsel that was delicately placed on our plate was flawlessly crafted and marvelous to eat. The only downside was the slightly smallish size of the fresh prawns. If only they could be bigger or the chef would offer us a few more?! Ha!

We left the restaurant together with Sawada san and wife, absolutely stuffed and thoroughly satisfied! Unfortunately, the non-stop, day long rain still persisted. To our total surprise, Sawada san offered and insisted that we take their taxi! What a fine and classy gentleman. For good or bad, but for sure, he will definitely remember us the next time we dine at his place! Ha!

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