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Tokyo report - Aronia de Takazawa, Sushi Dai, Seryna, Tsunahachi Rin

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Tokyo report - Aronia de Takazawa, Sushi Dai, Seryna, Tsunahachi Rin

panaroma | Feb 6, 2011 08:06 PM

Hi everyone. Here's a few words from last week's visit.

Aronia de Takazawa - One of the meals of my life. Each dish seemed to be the outcome of creative thought, ingenious design and precise execution. Akiko-san's service was warm, welcoming and professional. Takazawa's food was flawless. I loved every single dish (we had 9 - easily enough). Everything was perfectly prepared and seasoned. While some chefs incorporate gimmicky techniques as an end in themselves, Takazawa-san's innovations are in harmony with the dish. I can understand why he does not really go in for ratings. How can you possibly reduce this kind of experience to a rating? Just go.

Sushi Dai - A long wait in the cold and a pretty good meal. Friendly and capable chefs. Fish very fresh and tasty but at least on what I ate, not quite of consistent top quality. Rice of good consistency and texture. I would choose other places over this one but it is a great experience. Fun for new visitors to Tokyo but if the line is too big, the other nearby places are probably just as good.

Seryna (Ginza) - We chose this as a shabu-shabu place, expecting that it was priced slightly higher than some comparable places but would be good quality based on available reviews. It was. Good beef, very good sauce and the usual attentive Japanese service. Good for a business lunch.

Tsunahachi Rin (Shinjuku) - Places like this help me overcome my natural aversion to eating in shopping malls. Tempura can be very pricey and serious but it need not be. I recommend this for those who want quality without breaking the bank. Young, relatively informal staff. Pleasant room. Fresh ingredients. Delicate batter. Yum.

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