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Jul 17, 2008 03:39 PM

Birthday in TOKYO

We will be in Tokyo in Sept to celebrate my partner's birthday. Tickets and hotels have been arranged and I realized I have not yet thought of restaurants to go for his birthday. Are there few restaurants that are truly outstanding and memorable? I am thinking of either a teppanyaki place, a sushi place and a tempura place. Is there a non Japanese place that we ought to try as well (except French cuisine, as we prefer to have it in Paris)?

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  1. A few outstanding ones that have been recommended in past threads according to your interests (for more details, just type the names at the top "Search" function):

    Tappanyaki: Morimoto, Ukai-tei.
    Sushi : Mizutani, Sukiyabashi Jiro, Kyubei, Kanesaka, Dai San Harumi.
    Tempura: Asagi, Kondo, Mikawa, Rakutei.
    Non-Japanese: Aso, Honda, Hamasaki, Cucina (for Italian), Reikasai (for Chinese), Saint Pau (for Spanish), the steak house at Park Hyatt (can't remember the name).

    8 Replies
    1. re: FourSeasons

      FourSeasons, THANK YOU.
      Is the teppanyaki restaurant in Grand Hyatt Tokyo well received here?

      1. re: theskyflyer

        I hope so. It has a Michelin star, and it has gotten very good reviews from people I know. I'm going there today for.... my birthday!

        I also second Morimoto and Ukai-tei, both are excellent.

        1. re: Uncle Yabai

          Uncle Yabai, HAPPY BIRTHDAY. I looked at Morimoto's website and the restaurant looks massive and fun. Is it an overkill to go to both Morimoto and the teppanyaki rest at Grand Hyatt? Morimoto has variety of other dishes too.

          1. re: theskyflyer

            Keyakizaka at the Grand Hyatt was pretty good overall, very nice experience. I thought Morimoto was a bit more upscale but similar prices, so the edge goes to Morimoto. Both are of the "inventive" Teppanyaki school of food, so I probably wouldn't do both of them back to back. If you want a classic experience, you should try Kamon at the Imperial.

      2. re: FourSeasons

        fourseasons, did u book these restaurants urself or thru the hotel staff??

        1. re: Lucil

          We'll be splitting our stays in Grand Hyatt and Peninsula. Are there any must try restaurants around these hotels, besides those mentioned by FourSeasons? Any good tonkatsu places?

          1. re: theskyflyer

            I haven't tried it yet, but I've always had my eye on Buta Gumi in Nishi Azabu
            Looks like they are opening a branch in Shibuya in October as well.

          2. re: Lucil

            Hi Lucil:
            Those restaurants are the ones often mentioned in Chowhound. I have only been to five of them, but I book them thru hotel concierge.