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Kitcho Tokyo

Roysen Jun 19, 2011 11:46 PM

Has anyone been to either of the Kitcho restaurants in Ginza? Is the food different and if so would it be worth the struggle to get a reservation at the one in 8 chome where you would need an introduction to get a reservation?

We hope the concierge at our hotel might help since we will be staying at the Hotel Seiyo Ginza where the other Kitcho restaurant is located.

If you have been to either one could you describe what you think about your visit?

Does anyone know the opening hours at either? Are they open for lunch?

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  1. Robb S RE: Roysen Jun 20, 2011 04:57 AM

    The Kitcho in 8-chome is more like a private club - I very much doubt that you'll get an invitation to join simply by asking a hotel concierge (otherwise everyone would do that).

    The Kitcho at the Seiyo Hotel is open for lunch; the hotel website should list their hours of operation.

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    1. re: Robb S
      Roysen RE: Robb S Jun 20, 2011 06:02 AM

      You are probably right, but we thought we should give it a try anyway since this would not be just any concierge. It would be the concierge of the hotel that hosts the sister Kitcho restaurant.

      Any idea if the menu is different? If not we would be content with the Kitcho at the hotel.

      1. re: Roysen
        Robb S RE: Roysen Jun 20, 2011 07:34 PM

        I would be surprised if the menu at their private branch and the one at the Seiyo outlet were exactly the same.

        If you just want lunch you could go to Kitcho's main branch in Kyoto and still be back to Tokyo in time for dinner.

        1. re: Robb S
          Roysen RE: Robb S Jun 21, 2011 03:31 AM

          That is an excellent idea. You are thinking about going by train?

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            Robb S RE: Roysen Jun 21, 2011 03:49 AM

            I thought you might like that idea!

            The super-express Shinkansen would be the most comfortable, and door-to-door it would probably be faster than a plane, once you factor in everything.

            And I'm sure the main branch would be more interesting than the branch at the Seiyo.

            1. re: Robb S
              Roysen RE: Robb S Jun 21, 2011 04:09 AM

              Yes, the Kyoto branch would be more interesting than any of the branches in Tokyo (private club or otherwise).

              Thank you! Maybe we even could make a trip to the Kyoto Imperial Palace before taking the train back and catching a late dinner in Tokyo.

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                edozanmai RE: Roysen Jun 21, 2011 05:34 AM

                If you want to visit the Imperial Palace you need to make a reservation for a guided tour at the Imperial Household Agency office on the west side of the grounds. It is best to do so in the morning as the tours do fill up, especially this time of year. But they always save a few spots for people with foreign passports.

                1. re: edozanmai
                  Roysen RE: edozanmai Jun 21, 2011 05:46 AM

                  Thank you! I read somwhere that a reservation could also be made online.

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                  Dustin_E RE: Roysen Jun 21, 2011 08:55 AM

                  if you are going to kyoto, why not try to visit Mizai for dinner that day? that was the one reservation i really wanted that i wasn't able to get on my last trip to japan. (so we ended up staying in the tawaraya instead -- which, while nice, i would not consider a foodie destination.)

                  1. re: Dustin_E
                    Roysen RE: Dustin_E Jun 21, 2011 09:01 AM

                    We only have the time for one lunch in Kyoto. Would you prefer Mizai over Kitcho?

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                      Dustin_E RE: Roysen Jun 21, 2011 09:33 AM

                      i haven't been to either, so take it with a grain of salt, but i'd probably choose mizai over any other restaurant in either tokyo or kyoto.

                      I think the story goes something like this: the chef of mizai was a prodigee and became head chef of kitcho at (incredibly young) age 25. he was head chef there for 30 years, then left to open his own small restaurant (mizai). Currently (according to the kitcho cookbook) the chef at kitcho is a grandson of the original owner -- this is fine, but doesn't imply he is a prodigee. But i don't think mizai serves lunch, so that might make the decision for you.

        2. re: Robb S
          Roysen RE: Robb S Jun 20, 2011 06:41 AM

          I just found out that there is a Tokyo Kitcho at the Imperial Hotel also, but according to their website their specialities are Sukyaki and Shabu-Shabu, so I guess that is something entierly different?

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