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Eating in Rappongi minato-ku area

Hi my husband and I will stay 4 nights in Rappongi minato-ku area, we want the best possible eating out experiences and especially I want to take my husband to an Izakaya with great japanese atmosphere and of course good old japanese pub food!
I would love to hear from someone whos been please :)

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  1. We loved Inakaya in Roppongi Hills for robatayaki. About $100 pp, fun atmosphere, perfectly grilled food.

    1. Is there a branch of Inakaya in Roppongi Hills now?

      1. Thank you for your response, I will try this restaurant out for sure.

        1. Oh, by the way sweetpotater, will I need to book or can I jsut walk in?

          1. Am pretty sure Inakaya is not in Roppongi Hills but rather near Roppongi crossing.

            1. Inakaya is between the crossing and the ROI Building, near the Hard Rock Cafe, less than 10 minute walk to RH. I'm sure they have an English web page with a map... It's probably very good and fun, but it's the absolute pinnacle of touristy/ expense account place. How about checking out Bento.com and throwing "Roppongi" into the search engine here to come up with some other options? Typical, "good old Japanese pub food", is usually priced between 2000-5000 YEN pp, including copious amounts of beverages. Just FYI, Roppongi is more of a foreign food destination than for authentic izakayas...

              1. We made reservations but I'm not sure if you need to. I suppose it was touristy - we were clearly the only non-Japanese-speaking people there, though, and it was unlike anything we've done before, so we were perfectly please. (Well, we were tourists.) Agreed that a good meal can be had at a quarter the price, and we did that too.

                FYI, I think there are two Inakayas around there...

                1. Thanks - now anyone know anything about Gonpachi? Is it worth the effort?

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                  1. re: jewel

                    I've eaten in gonpachi and thought it was one of the best dining experience's i've ever had. Inside of the building is quite interesting as well. The food that i ate was amazing, and would highly recommend it for anyone in the Roppongi area.

                    1. re: jewel

                      We went to Gonpachi on a recommendation from a couple we met in Kyoto, and in part because of the positive things said about it here. I'm afraid it was one of the few meals in Japan that we could happily have skipped. We had mostly their yakitori, and it was really mediocre, EXTREMELY overpriced, with slow service, and the whole place was a horrifying tourist trap.

                      We balked at the prices and the mediocrity (glad we had only ordered a small amount of food). If we had had a full meal, enough to fill us, we would have spent several times as much, but we left feeling like we'd had appetizers and 4,000 yen poorer. We were so unsatisfied that we stopped at a little curry shop on the way back to the subway and ate a filling meal for 2 for about 1,500 yen.

                      I would strongly recommend against Gonpachi, and given my limited experience of Roppongi, I would recommend against going there. A colleague who used to live in Japan had recommended avoiding Roppongi, but given the strong restaurant recommendation we received, we decided to go anyway. I should have believed my colleague when she said it was frat boy land.

                      I would recommend staying in Shinjuku (we stayed in Shinjuku), or perhaps Shibuya.

                    2. We liked Gonpachi but we were at the other one so I don't know how they compare.

                      1. There are two Inakayas but both are near Roppongi crossing. Agree that it is very much a tourist experience but i guess that's par for the course in Roppongi? Gonpachi is just as touristy as well though the tsukune there was very good. The food is decent at both places. I would pick Inakaya for the atmosphere and Gonpachi for the architecture/decor.

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                        1. re: HKTraveler

                          Gonpachi is a tad touristy, but a little Shochu and Yuzu will make any place a blast, and Gonpachi is a blast.

                        2. thank you - a very informative recommendation :)

                          1. Now I have Tokyo sorted...I need one restaurant for Kyoto. Im finding it hard getting any suggestions. I would prefer something other than kaiseki ryori as that is what we are having each night at our inn.
                            Any suggestions?

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                            1. re: jewel

                              If you like yakitori, I strongly suggest "Tenka dori". :) Alas, I cannot find information on the restaurant on the web anywhere, with a Google search for the romaji name (perhaps I would have better luck with kanji/kana, but alas I can't easily figure that out). It was within a block or so of the intersection of Sakaimachi and Takoyakushi. I _think_ just North of that intersection, but I could be wrong.

                              Their wings were the best ever. We don't normally order wings at yakitori restaurants, but they came with a set we ordered (and then added a bunch of a la carte stuff to), and they were so amazing we ordered more. Their yakitori was all shio, not teriyaki, which was fine. The tsukune (chicken meatball) were awesome, and they had umeshiso tsukune and wasabi tsukune too. Oh, and cheese(!) tsukune. The skin (kawa) was excellent. The thigh with green onion (welsh onion, they called it; seemed like large green onion, but I wonder if the name Welsh Onion was from the fact that it was almost like leek) was really good too. Oh, and, the umeshu was great too. =)

                            2. Canoviano near Sanjo Keihan has great Italian food: http://www.bento.com/kansai/rev/7020....

                              Yururi, right next to it, serves charcoal-grilled meats and fish on big braziers that they carry to your table: http://www.bento.com/kansai/rev/7023....

                              Karoku, near Kodaiji Temple, looks like a traditional kaiseki place but they serve upscale Korean cuisine: http://www.bento.com/kansai/rev/7088....

                              Kokkekokko in Kyoto Station has first-rate yakitori and a nice sake selection: http://www.bento.com/kansai/rev/7040....

                              Banzai, inside the Hotel Granvia in Kyoto Station, specializes in obanzai-ryori, Kyoto-style home cooking: http://www.bento.com/kansai/rev/7083....

                              1. Teyandei in Nishiazabu is a fun and interesting restaurant.


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                                1. re: jacksmacks

                                  Teyandei is an interesting place, though I don't think I got to see the best of what they offer, since I was there for a party with about 25 other people. Like many other places, you can reserve with a zashiki and have them put out an omakase course, with about 8-10 courses, like at many other "dining bars". But the food at Teyandei is a little more sophisticated. I'd like to go back and order off their menu in a less festive occasion, since it's kind of nice and subdued inside. It's also slightly hidden in a residential area, and they have a noticeable sign outside telling patrons to keep the noise down for the neighbors. I was only able to get a couple photos in. One is the sashimi plate, or more like a crudo, dressed in olive oil, I seem to remember. Another was the mushroom nabe, which was quite good. I think the dashi is really tonyu or soy milk. I'll see if I can dig up some other photos. I remember also liking things like their tricked up version of karaage, some dish with cheese, and also some good desserts.

                                  1. re: E Eto

                                    Just reposting photos that didn't post correctly due to the system's glitch. Also found a couple more of the aftermath of the dinner.