Konbonwa Tokyo Chowhounds,
After reading about the successes of other Chowhound get-togethers, I'm just wondering if us Chowhounds here in Tokyo would like to arrange such a thing? Is anybody interested? Personally, sometime after April 25th is best for me.
Being straight with you, I'll admit that I can't read a non-English menu, (unless there are pictures at which to point) for the life of me. But, if anybody has a favorite restaurant, where at least one of us can order from the menu, then I'm game. I can order the things I like from a yakitori. So, if you feel like going to a great place, I can take care of us at Meguro Ku's Torishige, (IMO, best yakitori in the 'hood).
There is a person in my department who absolutely lives for making arrangements like this, and either she, or my assistant, will be glad to handle all of the reservations, once a restaurant is decided upon.
So, if interested, lets get a bit of restaurant brainstorming going on here. Please just include the name of the restaurant, general location, and type of food. All of us Tokyo Chowhounds will chime in. If it gets too cumbersome for the boards, we can always take it to email.
I'll start it off with a few very nice restaurants:
I went to this place in Harajuku, with a group of friends:
Toriyosyhi - The tebasaki that we had was great! But, I was with a group of vegetarians, and this dish was a throw-in for me. I've heard that I didn't get a proper feel for the extent of their menu. I'm dying to go back.
Barbacoa - great churrasco place. Wonderful cheese bread balls, which go very nicely with the house red wine. All of the meats brought around to the table are wonderful. And, if the cut you like isn't cooked enough to your liking, (read: not well done), they will return a portion to the kitchen, and bring it out very promptly once it is cooked to your specifications. Fantastic salad bar. Good drinks.
I've also heard really good things about "Roti", Ian's new place in Roppongi, (yes, Roppongi). But, Ian did bring us what we knew, and loved, as American Farm Grill, and was a big part of the success of T.Y. Harbor.
Shoot, there is another...T.Y. Harbor. Great food, ever better beer.
German Farm Grill, in Shibuya - there's another place that I've been dying to get back to.
Please, don't get me wrong; If there are vegetarians in the crowd, I'm sure that we will find a place to accomodate everybody!
Maybe Andy R.'s recommendation of Kitchen 5?
Or, possibly, a familair, but very gratifying, gathering at Ninnikuya?
Let's throw into the mix everybody's favorite restaurants, or places that we want to try, and let's do this!
P.S. Let's not forget that the upstairs dining area of Tonki has tatami rooms!!! :)