Splurging in Tokyo
Swinging through Tokyo on the way from Beijing to Seoul in early April, and touring some family members around the city for a few days. Last time I was there, had fantastic food at Waketokuyama (the one in Roppongi), as well as one of the Tsujiki sushi joints (literally walked from Shinjuku to the fish market to make the 5 a.m. opening).
Have gotten some good sushi recommendations off the board for one of the nights (looks like it will be Kyubei or Jiro), but I'm looking for a superlative Japanese cuisine experience for the other night. Kind of the Tokyo equivalent of Per Se, French Laundry, Guy Savoy, etc. -- looking for something I'll remember for years to come (like my last visit). Love my kaiseki experiences -- know that's more of a Kyoto thing -- but having many little dishes, all artfully prepared, is the pinnacle of dining for me. Would much rather sacrifice ambiance for quality, but do want something that's not just a hole in the wall with stellar food. Would like to keep it below 120,000 yen for a party of four if possible. Not sure yet where we're staying, but the places needs to be relatively accessible (no suburban forays). And finally, my party doesn't speak more than a few simple Japanese words (but fluent in Korean, if that helps or hurts).
I can't tell you how many times I've eaten at Chowhound-recommended places in Europe and have come away smiling (Walter Bauer in Vienna and Restaurant Margot in Berlin were definitely the tops). Any help would be appreciated.
You should look into Kitcho. One of the branch is underneath the Seiyo Ginza Hotel and can handle English speaking customers.
There are many fine places in Ginza, but many are really only equipped to handle only Japanese speakers. You might ask, if you are staying in a really fine hotel, for a recommendation from the concierge--who might also be able to set up a menu for you.