Just thought I would post a quick message here about a meal I had this evening. Went to Yokota in Tokyo as it was the only tempura place I knew of that was open on a Sunday evening apart from Fukamachi, which I have already eaten at.
I won't do an in depth review, but needless to say it was EXCELLENT. Much better than Fukamachi in my opinion, and when I told the chef he was terribly excited and shook my hand then and there. Although he does not speak a lot of English he was very friendly and helpful. Unlike at Fukamachi where I found the batter to be so light as to be almost non existent, there was the perfect covering here (sill thin by western standards). One thing I do find odd though is the constant use of asparagus in tempura places when it is not in season...?! The highlight for me was the squid, although the anago was very good too. Oh, and it also opened my eyes to the use of curry powder as a condiment for tempura - I had always thought that was a bit of a gimmick before, but this was delicious!
A perfect first meal in Japan for my girlfriend who is a huge tempura fan, and I would very much recommend it to anyone.
Wow, that was lucky for us then - we had been planning on going to Asagi but they are shut on Sundays. The cost was 10k each for two, plus 1k extra ( presumably tax?). That was food only, I tend to drink tea only in nice restaurants.
I booked ages in advance - 2pm on the day! ;-) I think we must have got lucky as it was a Sunday and Tokyo seemed pretty quiet in genera.