Tofuya Ukai or ???
We will be in Japan for two weeks mid October, my first time in Japan! We are looking forward to eating our way around. We will be staying in Kyoto, Kanazawa, Matsumoto, and Tokyo. About the only place that I am trying to decide on is a Tofu restaurant in Tokyo. I have read the recommendations for Tofuya Ukai on Chow, but would like to know if there are other recommendations for around the same price point. The food is the most important thing to us and we will eat, (or at least taste), everything.
We have planned some of our meals, and some we hope to "discover" for ourselves while wandering around.
Thanks in advance. I plan to write up our "food" trip on our return to the US.
I'm sure Tofuya Ukai is wonderful, but since you're going to Kyoto, save your tofu eating for there. If you haven't already, you should plan on having tofu at one of the many famous tofu restaurants in Kyoto. Then perhaps you can make an informed comparison of Kyoto style tofu-ryori, and the one from Ukai (and the main restaurant Ukai Toriyama, in the western suburbs of Tokyo).
That's too bad that you won't be enjoying tofu in Japan's tofu capital. But there are plenty of places to enjoy tofu in Tokyo as well. Here's tabelog's ranking of the best tofu restaurants at the moment (category for tofu-ryori): http://r.tabelog.com/tokyo/rstlst/0-0...
At the top of the list is Inshyoutei (韻松亭) in the Ueno district. Their website: http://www.innsyoutei.jp/
#2 is Komusubi Kappo Takahashi (こむすび割烹 高はし) in Shimbashi. Website: http://r.gnavi.co.jp/g713200/
#3 is Tofuryori Sorano Niwa (豆腐料理 空ノ庭) in Ebisu. http://r.gnavi.co.jp/g775400/
#4 is a soonbobu place called Soontofu Shokudo.
#5 is the Aoyama shop in the Ume no Hana (梅の花) chain of tofu restaurants. http://www.umenohana.co.jp/e/index.html
#6 is Sawaya (茶話屋) in Shimokitazawa. http://www.sawa-ya.com/
#7 is Tofuya Ukai.
I've always liked Goenmon in Hakusan (03-3811-2015), although it's not the easiest location to get to. It's a beautiful setting, though, and unlike Ukai they have quite a bit of history behind them (over 100 years old) rather than being manufactured by a big corporation to look like a traditional restaurant.
The food at Ume No Hana is good and solid, but fairly old-fashioned in style. At least their new Gaienmae location is more up-to-date since they moved from Bell Commons earlier this year.