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Do the sushi chefs at Kyubei Shinjuku branch speak English?

Klary May 11, 2011 01:44 AM

So, I had my hotel receptionist make a reservation for us for tonight May 11 at Kyubei, thinking I had them call the Ginza location, because I had read the chefs speak (some) English there. I just found out that I got confused about the 3 different Kyubeis and I actually have a reservation at the Shinjuku location instead.

I don't want to go if there's no chance of communicating with the chef.. does anyone know about this?


  1. Klary May 11, 2011 04:30 PM

    we went anyway, I was a bit nervous about it, but we had a fabulous dinner. Transcendental sushi and the chef was very friendly and helpful, and spoke enough English to make it a very pleasant experience. So happy we went! It was our anniversary dinner and I really can't think of a better way to celebrate this day than with exquisite sushi!

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    1. re: Klary
      Uncle Yabai May 11, 2011 05:07 PM

      The Shinjuku Kyubei location is the only one I'd go out of my way to go to, so you did the right thing. And given that it is in a large foreign-tourist friendly hotel, I'd expect a little English, or at least familiarity with the ways of the white water buffalo.

      1. re: Klary
        prasantrin May 12, 2011 05:17 PM

        If this is the Klary I think it might be, I'm glad you had a wonderful anniversary, and I hope you report more here about your trip!

        1. re: prasantrin
          Klary May 13, 2011 11:30 PM

          hi prasantrin, I think I am the Klary you think I am ;)
          I'm planning a full report in a week or 4 (when the trip is over, but in the mean time you can follow my travelblog (in Dutch, but it's mostly pics anyway) here:

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