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Wagyu and Sushi Dinners, Yokohama to Tokyo

triathlonjacket | Jan 23, 201405:04 AM

I have about two weeks remaining on a business trip to Kanagawa, but I'll gladly make the trip up to Tokyo for a couple of unforgettable meals. I'm looking for a dinner that includes wagyu and a meal at great sushiya, total between the two dinners coming to ¥26,000 (soft ceiling). I'll be dining alone, and I'm not sure if most restaurants would mind accommodating a single diner.

As far as my eating experience/history, I haven't had a lot of top-notch sushi back in the States--no Michelin star or similarly superlative sushi meals, so I'm not looking for a ¥20,000 experience. That level of nuance may or may not be wasted on me; I'm hoping just for a better sushi meal than I'll likely ever have back home.

As for the wagyu, we had planned on making the trip out to Kobe for some wagyu while touring in Osaka, but circumstances kept us from making it out there in time. (I'd had my eye on Steakland after reading a couple reviews championing its quality compared to some higher-end Kobe beef dinners.) My companions and I put our faith in the front desk at the ryokan for some Kobe teppanyaki in Osaka, but we ended up at [what I can only ascertain was] a tourist trap for which I could find no information online. (My coworkers loved it, but I've had enough truly excellent meals to know that it was not nearly worth what we paid.)

I'm considering Yokohama both because it's closer (and thereby easier to get to on a weeknight) and under the presumption that it'll be cheaper than a similarly excellent meal in Tokyo. My interest is particularly piqued by Ukai Azamino Tei for the wagyu set.

I'm having trouble finding English-language feedback on Sushi Otowa or Sushi Hachizaemon. (I understand that some find that hearing the chef's thoughts on the food and being able to give him/her feedback on what your particular tastes are is important to the fine sushi experience, so it's worth noting that I have very little in terms of functional Japanese skills.)

I'm open to suggestions beyond those three, as well; I just used Michelin as a way to get started in the right direction. I understand that some reservations may be hard to get on such short notice, but I'm hoping flexibility and aiming a little lower than "best of the best in Japan" might help my odds.

Thanks for your thoughts!

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