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thefarmer Jul 5, 2009 10:23 PM

hello, I'm doing some research in Japanese Food and I have problem looking for a highly rated English speaking chef (preferably in Tokyo)

A search here turned up Sukiyabashi Jiro @ Roppong but a phone call to the restaurant didn't yield a good result. Nevertheless I hope to find more than 1 chef.

Was wondering if any of you wonderful folks who could point me to the right direction or provide any clues or anything that could help me in my search.

Many many thanks!!!!!

The Farmer

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    MissLambkins Jul 16, 2009 01:32 AM

    Even if the chef speaks English you may have trouble with whoever answers the restaurant phone...if you do decide to talk to Westerners too, try Trevor at the White Fox http://www.thewhitefox.jp/

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    1. re: MissLambkins
      thefarmer Jul 16, 2009 09:29 PM

      mi66 , BaronDestructo, MissLambkins - thank you all for the suggestions! Much appreciated!

      Kanda sounds like a possibility but we are trying to avoid sushi. Other than that, the chef needs to be a Japanese native specializing in Japanese foods!

      Someone said its certainly a tall order to find such a person!

      1. re: thefarmer
        BaronDestructo Jul 17, 2009 08:48 AM

        I'm sure the chef at Kanda could accomodate. It was a while ago, but I don't recall having sushi. What I do remember, however, are the hairy crab meatball, crispy shirako, and a saltwater-soaked monkfish liver that possessed the texture and subtlety of foie gras.

        Whichever you decide on, do report back. I'll be heading to Tokyo again in early December and would love some recommendations.

        1. re: BaronDestructo
          davew666 Jul 17, 2009 10:04 AM

          i wasnt all that impressed with Kanda. It was perfectly good, but for the price (23k pp for food I think), it should have been better in my opinion. Having said that I do not know a lot about Kaiseki.

    2. BaronDestructo Jul 15, 2009 07:37 AM

      Do you speak French? If so, might I suggest Kanda. I went last year and enjoyed a wonderful and conversation with the chew-owner who trained five years in France.

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        mi66 Jul 15, 2009 02:17 AM

        Kamimura yuichi is a Japanese chef in Niseko, Hokkaido, food is just like Tetusya's in Sydney (NSW) as he spent 5 years there. Food for me is French using Japanese ingredients - ponzu, soya base etc. Incredible combinations
        He speaks English. His rest is called Kamimura. have a search on the net.
        During the winter he does a set menu 13000 yen pp. He is worth talking too.

        1. Tinitime Jul 6, 2009 11:12 AM

          Jeff Ramsey at Tapas Molecular Bar.

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          1. re: Tinitime
            thefarmer Jul 6, 2009 08:15 PM

            thanks Tinitime. I'm actually looking for a Japanese native specializing in Japanese cuisine of course

            1. re: thefarmer
              Robb S Jul 6, 2009 09:34 PM

              Jeff Ramsey is a Japanese native by the way; he was born in Okinawa.

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