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Hi,
Im going to Tokyo by myself for 6 days 5 nights around Mid April.
I plan to eat several Michelin restaurants in Tokyo with less than 10000 yen per dinner trip. I'll be staying around Hanzomon area.

1st Night Dinner
I saw that Aoyama Esaki got 3stars on 2010 Michelin. They have a dinner set menu starting at 8400 yen. Can anyone share their experience for this restaurant?

2nd Night Dinner
My next dinner will be in Tofuya Ukai, and i was able to secure a reservation by calling them and spoke English and broken Japanese with them.

3rd Night Dinner
Any suggestion for Crab dinner other than Kani Douraku?

4th Night Dinner
Fugu - Maybe Tora Fugu or Tettiri? Any suggestion for chain fugu restaurant? Michelin Fugu Restaurant cost at least 25K yen

5th Night Dinner
Open.

Any general tips on how to make reservation the restaurants?

Please help build my travel plan

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  1. Esaki good. Tofuya Ukai good. Don't know about the others. Hope this helps.

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    1. re: Uncle Yabai

      Thanks for the reply, I noticed on the other CH board that Uncle Yabai frequents Esaki?
      Would i have any trouble if i dont speak japanese?
      Is the nearest exit Gaiemmae?
      Is it hard to find the Restaurant?

    2. 3rd night: you can try Crab dinner at Seryna : http://www.seryna.co.jp/en/restaurant...

      4th night: Tettiri is a fugu chain; I think they served farmed fugu so it is not as expensive as those restaurants that serve wild fugu as highlighted in Michelin Guide. http://www.tettiri.com/

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      1. re: FourSeasons

        Four Seasons, Thanks for the Seryna suggestion, I probably have to pass. It's a bit too expensive for my taste. I was looking at the other Seyrna chain - Mon cher ton ton, but decided to save the 15k Yen and try something else.
        On other hands, would someone who never eat a fugu before know the difference between farmed and wild fugu?

      2. Esaki is very good, both seafood and vegetable are their specialty. I had the 14000 Yen menu and it has A LOTS OF FOOD in there. Bascially, there are two more courses on top of the 7 courses 8400 Yen menu and the portion is not adjusted. We cannot finish the last course. But I still recommend getting at least the 8 course set because it has the Kinki fish in which they cook it to perfection. So have a empty stomach before going there !

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        1. re: skylineR33

          Great, i made my reservation for late dinner 8pm for the 8400 yen 7 course dinner. Based on your suggestion, I'll ask the front desk to call them to change to the 8 course dinner when i arrive in Tokyo.
          The Kinki fish, on the website is translated " Single-hook fishing prohibition boiled Nemuro"
          I was wondering what is that, probably lost in translation.

          Skyline, do you need to be able to speak Japanese to eat at ESAKI?

          1. re: lgusti

            Hello Igusti, you don't need to speak Japanese to eat at Esaki, Servers are very friendly and can speak simple English.

            根室一本釣り きんきの煮付け - is the Kinki fish dish, the translation is not quite right. From my understanding it means

            根室 - a place in Hokkaido (Northern part of Japan)

            一本釣 - pole fishing

            きんき - Kinki Fish

            煮付け - a cooking method called nitsuke, simmered in a sauce (usually soy sauce base).

            1. re: skylineR33

              Thank You for the reply Skyline.
              I'll look forward for the dinner at the Esaki.

              1. re: lgusti

                Great, I hope they will have Kinki fish on the night of your visit. Their menu is seasonal and may be changed depends on the freshest ingradient they have on the day.

                1. re: skylineR33

                  Don't worry if you don't get the kinki - it seems that they are famous for that specific dish but it wasn't nearly my favorite.

                  I would have been more than happy without it, in fact I didn't really enjoy it as much as the other dishes.

                  Just another idea, do you have any more casual places planned?

                  1. re: lost squirrel

                    Just wondering is it you don't like this kind of fish or you don't like the way it is cooked or they screw up the fish on your night of visit ?

                    1. re: skylineR33

                      It was the technique, I'm not a fan of sweet things in general. I don't think Esaki made any mistakes, it's just that I don't personally like sweet simmered fish. I prefer my kinki grilled and salty.

                      1. re: skylineR33

                        It was the technique, I'm not a fan of sweet things in general. I don't think Esaki made any mistakes, it's just that I don't personally like sweet simmered fish. I prefer my kinki grilled and salty.

                        1. re: skylineR33

                          It was the technique, I'm not a fan of sweet things in general. I don't think Esaki made any mistakes, it's just that I don't personally like sweet simmered fish. I prefer my kinki grilled and salty.

                      2. re: skylineR33

                        A whole simmered kinki can run 4-5000 YEN alone at some restaurants so if it's part of a course meal, what a bargain. However kinki is a late autumn-winter fish. Mid-April will be pushing it.

                        1. re: Silverjay

                          Yes, I think if they cannot get any good kinki, they won't be serving it. Their menu is seasonal.