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May 7, 2010 12:39 AM

last 3 weeks in tokyo... looking for awesome restaurants

Hi guys,

from June onwards I will be back in Europe for at least half a year, maybe longer. I have been to many many restaurants in town, and I'm wondering which places I should definitely go to in the last weeks. I know this is a very open question, but especially because I have been to so many restaurants it seems pointless to list them. So, I was wondering: Which restaurants would you definitely want to go to before leaving?

i did some reservations (again) for harumi, mizutani, jiro, troisgros, nakaiseki sen.


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  1. I'm in the same boat, although my last day won't be until mid-July. Ever since I knew I was leaving back in October, I've given myself one meal at Fuku a month. I'm really going to miss it.

    1. Not Japanese but I try to make it to Kitchen 5 a few times a year. I love the food there and the lady chef, Kobayashi-san, is a gem.

      1. My boyfriend is Japanese, and he took me to the best yakiniku restaurants when I visited last summer:

        JOJOEN - the meat is melt-in-your mouth goodness. Also, I am not very fond of salads but I could eat the salad we ordered every day for the rest of my life.

        SERYNA - the most tender, delicious meat I have ever tasted. Their yakiniku is more steak-like, and cooks through (on a hot slab of stone) in less than a minute. The meat is good enough that it tastes best with only salt as seasoning.

        Of course, they have other things on their menu aside from yakiniku. Not exactly cheap dining but totally worth it.

        4 Replies
        1. re: marimorimo

          Seryna isn't yakiniku (the word, yes, but not the style of cooking). Seryna is teppanyaki.

          1. re: Uncle Yabai

            Hmm.. thanks, I have now finally demystified the difference between yakiniku and teppanyaki.

            1. re: marimorimo

              Seryna is actually a Shabu Shabu restaurant. Its sister restaurant, Mon Cher Ton Ton, is the Teppanyaki restaurant.

              I think the pic you show on the bottom left is the Prime Beef Steak.

              Jojoen is a yakiniku chain with many branches. I like the Nishi Azabu branch. Which branch did you have your yakiniku meal?

              1. re: FourSeasons

                A while ago, I was at Little Tokyo (in my country) and saw a Seryna branch that proclaimed itself as a shabu-shabu restaurant. I haven't been there, but my idea of a shabu-shabu restaurant has tables with holes in them for cooking the shabu-shabu, and the branch we went to in Japan didn't have those holes. I still don't know what kind of restaurant 瀬里奈 really is, but I love the meat there :D

                The Jojoen branch we went to was at Ebisu Garden Place, because it was at the higher floors of the building and has a romantic nighttime view of the city, according to my bf. Not that we actually paid much attention to the view - we were too busy stuffing ourselves!