Sugiyama vs. Rosanjin for kaiseki
Has anyone eaten at both of these places? I'm wondering if people find one better or more authentic than another. This question has come up in response to another question I posted here, so thanks again to those that suggested these in the first place!
I was the person who suggested sugiyama, so you know which I am going to vote for ;D However, to be fair, I haven't tried Rosanjin, and a major reason that made me hesitant about it was that the place, from what I heard, is very small and can only accommodate a few people. In such setting I think I may feel a bit stiff. While I haven't seen a menu, I won't be surprised if they have very few choices. Normally for kaiseki you put your faith and trust to the chef's hand. But in Sugiyama, I can easily tell the chef what I want and they will happily accommodate and substitute (as they usually have the ingredients). I can't tell if Rosanjin will be able to do that.
That said, it is very unfair to judge a restaurant without even trying it (which I never do in Chowhound). Afterall it is the food that matters. So I hope someone can chime in on their experience at Rosanjin.
I believe Frank Bruni had done a review on Rosanjin in the past, so you may want to search NYT for reference.
Whichever you go, I hope you have a wonderful dinner with your bf!
I will definitely look up that review, thanks! I was ready to go to Sugiyama on your recommendation (and I actually have a reservation already!), but then a friend of mine from Tokyo recommended Rosanjin. The problem there is that he hasn't been to Sugiyama! Hence my little mini-dilemma. If only Frank Bruni had reviewed both! :-D