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Food near the Park Hotel in Minato, Tokyo

I will be visiting Tokyo from March 30th through April 4th. Can anyone suggest restaurants, cafes, stands, etc. near the Park Hotel in Minato? I am planning to check out places all over the place, but want to be sure that I have a few great places near to the hotel that I can run to on a whim.

I will take a short side trip to Kyoto from April 4 - April 6 and will be staying at the Granvia Hotel. Any suggestions for Kyoto would also be appreciated.

Finally I will return to Tokyo for April 6 - April 8, but during this last part of the trip staying at the Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza. Suggestions for this neighborhood welcome as well.

Thanks in advance for your excellent advice!!

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  1. That's like asking about food near the Sheraton in Manhattan. There's probably more than one Park Hotel in Minato, given that it would probably take you a couple of hours to walk from one end of Minato to the other.

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    1. It might also help if you tell us price ranges and style(s) of food you're interested in. You might want to start a separate topic for Kyoto suggestions, after doing a search on this board, since there have been many many postings about Kyoto restaurants.

      If you're staying at the Park Hotel Tokyo in Shiodome, En is someplace I always recommend: http://www.bento.com/rev/2516.html

      Here are some more places within 700 meters of the hotel: http://bento.com/gmaps/nearest.html?l...
      and here's an excellent French restaurant in the hotel: http://www.bento.com/rev/2640.html

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      1. re: Robb S

        We want to try all types of food and will be there for several days so we have time to sample some things. Price is not an issue. We really just want places that are close to the hotel and where we can get a personal recommendation - not just something listed in a magazine.

        Will definitely post separately for Kyoto.

        1. re: lisajla

          Lisa,

          Tsukiji is only 600m away from your hotel. Would that be too far to go on a whim?

          If I were staying that close to the market, I'd be tempted to eat and shop there everyday. You can find good sushi, soba, unagi, and so much more in and around Tsukiji. One particular place I am looking forward to going is Tonkatsu Yachiyo. They're famous for their char siu and fried egg plate (here is a pic: http://r.tabelog.com/tokyo/A1313/A131...) but my sister says their fried oyster/scallop lunch was just as good and well worth forgoing a sushi meal. And as it's right next to Sushi Dai and Sushi Daiwa, it'd be quite easy to spot.

          1. re: kikisakura

            Crap! I'd be more tempted to eat there than at Sushi Dai or Daiwa Sushi. Fried food is better than sushi any day of the week!

            Does that char siu and fried egg (it looks kind of poached?) plate come with rice?

            1. re: prasantrin

              In that photo, the eggs certainly look poached, don't they? in other pictures, they are identified as fried eggs and do look fried so I'm confused. One poster also said that she was disappointed that the yolk was cooked and not runny at all. That doesn't sound good.

              Anyhow, the char sui & egg plate comes with rice and miso soup. I still think 1,300 yen is a bit expensive for it but a lot of people seem to think that it's worth every yen.

              1. re: kikisakura

                Wow! Great find! I'm a sucker for fried food + egg + rice. True breakfast of champions, although it might require a nap afterwards ;)

                In general, is it possible in these restaurant settings to specify how you want your eggs cooked (e.g., sunnyside-up / over-easy / over-hard)? The inconsistency of the fried egg in the tabelog postings is a little worrisome, especially if it's not what the customer wanted.

                1. re: graceface

                  Fried egg (megamayaki) in Japan basically means sunny side up. So if you want your eggs to be flipped over and you aren't dining at hotels accustomed to receiving foreign guests, you might have to explain that a bit. Still, in Yachiyo and similar restaurant, I'm sure you can specify how soft/hard you want your yolks to be. :)

                  1. re: kikisakura

                    Little typo. Think you meant "medamayaki" (目玉焼き). "Mega-mayaki" is a prehistoric beast made of batter and noodles and covered in benishoga.

          2. re: lisajla

            I'll be keeping an eye on this thread, since I'm also planning a stay at the Park Hotel later this year. As I haven't been to Tokyo since childhood, I can't give any personal recommendations, but I'll try to share my findings.

            The Michelin-starred restaurant Hirosaku (ひろ作) is not that far from Park Hotel Shiodome. It has been well-reviewed on this board for lunch and dinner, but one poster has mentioned that the proprietors do not speak much English, if at all. Are English language service/menu a requirement?

            Hirosaku
            3-6-13 Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

            Info on Google Maps:
            http://maps.google.com/maps/place?cid...

            Info on Tabelog, a Japanese language Yelp (use with Google Translate if needed):
            http://r.tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A130...

            1. re: graceface

              Not sure if we NEED English language or menu. We've been to many countries where we don't speak the language and have been fine. However one person in our group is a vegetarian, so I'm sure it would be helpful if someone in the restaurant speaks a little English.

              Would also be great to get some recs for a few places that are a bit more casual.

              1. re: lisajla

                A couple findings:

                Fioravante Pizzeria and Trattoria
                Palazzo Asia, 2-4-6 Higashi-Shimbashi
                (SW from Park Hotel, on other side of tracks)
                _ Homepage: http://www.fioravante.asia/
                _ Their pizza is rec'd here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/636496

                Hama-Rikyu Garden Nakajima Teahouse
                Across from the Park Hotel is the Hama-Rikyu Garden. There's a charming looking teahouse sitting in a pond. Looks like a nice place to have a bowl of matcha and a traditional wagashi sweet. Decent reviews of Nakajima no Ocha-ya on Tabelog, and some pretty photos to boot.
                _ Tabelog page: http://r.tabelog.com/tokyo/A1314/A131...

                1. re: lisajla

                  Curry udon place that's been regularly recommended by CHers Robb S. and Debbie M. in the past:

                  Konaya
                  Caretta Shiodome, 1-8-2 Higashi-Shimbashi
                  _ Homepage: http://www.konaya.ne.jp/
                  _ bento.com review: http://www.bento.com/rev/2638.html
                  _ Tabelog page: http://r.tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A130...