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Sushi Kanesaka - Brief impressions and photos

Camw Jan 4, 2010 10:50 AM

I had an excellent dinner here in late November. The chef was open and friendly and his English was good enough to have some conversation (certainly a great deal better than my Japanese).

The quality of the food was outstanding - I really enjoyed the texture of the rice combined with some obviously high quality produce. This was the ¥30,000 dinner course with 20 items. The options were 20k, 30k and 50k.

Does anyone know what the tea is that is served here? I enjoyed the flavour and the match with the food, but forgot to ask for details.

18 of the 20 items we had are pictured at the link below, there was a third piece of Tuna before the chutoro and otoro and at the end a long Makizushi with diced fatty tuna that I didn't photograph.


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    Scharn Mar 4, 2010 11:32 PM

    Camwheeler, I really like your pictures. Lots of color, contrast. This is a micro 4/3rd camera, i assume?

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    1. re: Scharn
      Camw Mar 5, 2010 02:02 AM

      Hi Scharn,

      Thanks for the comment. The camera is a Canon SLR (APS-H rather than micro 4/3rds) with a 24-105 f/4 lens - I had the 50mm f/1.4 in the bag as well, but the depth of field can be ridiculously shallow.

      There is some post-processing involved as well, but not a massive amount - mostly just quickly fixing the white balance, cropping and other small tweaks.

      The camera itself is probably a bit of overkill for food photography but I love my gadgets in about equal measure to food and wine!

      1. re: Camw
        Ffromsaopaulo Apr 26, 2010 03:44 PM

        Can anyone tell me how many weeks in advance should I make a reservation?
        Is English understood at the phone for the reservation?

        1. re: Ffromsaopaulo
          skylineR33 Apr 26, 2010 07:36 PM

          Yes, they understand English at the phone for reservation, if you want specific date, I recommend you book it 3 weeks in advance, just on the safe side.

          1. re: skylineR33
            Ffromsaopaulo Apr 27, 2010 05:56 AM

            Thanks for your answer. Although my trip is only in October, I'm already checking some restaurants. Hope to give some feedback after that!

            1. re: Ffromsaopaulo
              chinatown7 Dec 8, 2010 05:57 AM

              Hi I had a reservation for One person confirmed at Kanesaka this Friday, but they said they had Table Only and no seats at the counter. I did this booking through a concierge service of mine so they might have mistaken. But I was under the impression that this place was purely counter seating? Can someone kindly confirm?


              1. re: chinatown7
                graceface Dec 8, 2010 03:07 PM

                There is table and counter seating at Kanesaka. I sat at the counter on the far right-hand side of the restaurant entrance, and there was a recessed wall with a table set up (a family with a small child was seated there for dinner). I don't recall whether or not there were tables on the left side of the restaurant.

    2. skylineR33 Jan 4, 2010 11:14 AM

      Is it 30000 yen per person that you paid ? Thanks.

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      1. re: skylineR33
        Camw Jan 4, 2010 11:21 AM

        Hi, yes, per person.

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          skylineR33 Jan 4, 2010 11:24 AM

          Any idea what is the difference between the 30000 and the 50000 yen menu ? I will be visiting it soon, so I want to see if it is worthwhile to go for the top one. Thanks.

          1. re: skylineR33
            Camw Jan 4, 2010 11:37 AM

            Sorry, I don't know. I looked for the same information before going, but couldn't find anything. Would be interesting to know the difference, but I was happy with the 30k menu and probably more comfortable spending that much compared to 50k.

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              skylineR33 Jan 4, 2010 11:45 AM

              Thanks. From your picture and the number of items, I think Sushi Kanesaka is even more expensive than Sawada, Jiro (Ginza) and Kyubey (Ginza) ! Or may be they all increase their price accordingly ?! Wonder why it's price range at Tabelog is still from $20000 - $29999 ...

              1. re: skylineR33
                Robb S Jan 4, 2010 01:10 PM

                I believe that's the price for an average dinner, based on the category people pick when they fill out their form at Tabelog. It's all crowd-sourced data; they don't have staff members updating things when they change.

            2. re: skylineR33
              Notorious P.I.G. Jan 4, 2010 09:42 PM

              Last time I went I ordered the 30k but the gentlemen beside me ordered the 50k. From what I saw it looked like pretty much what you might expect from a 20K upgrade. Better cuts of Tuna, added shellfish to the sashimi course, Namako Bachiko, etc. I dunno, I may do it next time but I can't help thinking that I could go to two really good sushi ya for that price.

              1. re: Notorious P.I.G.
                skylineR33 Jan 5, 2010 09:46 AM

                Thanks for the info. 50K sounds insane expensive ... I also have some Namako Bachiko at Kikunoi for their 20000 yen menu before.

                1. re: Notorious P.I.G.
                  kikisakura Jan 5, 2010 11:08 AM

                  50,000 yen would pay for a night at this inn during crab season with my own private onsen tub facing the ocean with sunset view, dinner, and breakfast:


                  And they are considered one of the higher end inns in Fukui so 50k for sushi dinner sounds insane but then again, it's Ginza and Sushi Kanesaka is known for attracting certain type of clientele.

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