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Give me cool Tokyo restaurant ideas

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I'm leaving Tokyo in January. I've been thrilled with the food in Tokyo so far, and I'd like to eat at as many interesting, delicious places as I can between now and January. Price is not much of a consideration. More important considerations are that they take reservations in English (very important) and); it is seafood (or poultry) and vegetable focused (I avoid meat); and it's good for dining solo (but if they'll take me, that's cool).

Here are some good places I've been so far:

Sushi Saito. Right up my alley.

Kikunoi. Excellent. Beautiful kaiseki, seafood-focused, friendly to English speakers.

Daigo. Like Kikunoi but vegetarian (and in some ways, even more impressive).

Pierre Gagnaire. I called ahead and said seafood only, and they accomodated nicely. This was a terrific experience, but if I'm going to do French again it had better be extraordinary.

Rakutei. Good tempura, friendly to English speakers.

Please give me some more places I shouldn't miss before I leave.

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  1. We very much enjoyed Hatsu Tsubomi near the Akihabara Station. They start you off with six tiny amuse - they were all exquisite, and we went on to shrimp and crab balls in a slightly alcoholic syrup and a dried red bream that was sensational. We ordered a la carte. Menu in English, and we had no trouble being welcomed and greeted, but we did not make reservations. I imagine they would be able to reserve in English.

    Click on their 'Profile.html' page to find a map of the location, it's on the 9th floor of an office building. Website is not in English, but has their phone number.


    1. Kyubey Sushi, New York Bar & Grill (go for the lunch buffet and order the daily fish), Ryugin (request seafood - they should be able to accomodate), Troisgros, Nihonbashi Yukari (request seafood - and I hear they have a waitress on staff who speaks English so you should be able to make your reservation. A chef friend of mine from the USA recently had a nice dinner there and said the waitress could interpret for Iron Chef Kimio Nonaga).

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      1. re: Yukari

        Sushi Kyubei is an image of globalization ! Last past year, they did a performance that did amaze me though, sushi Kyubei had a 'special stand' on the Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi as a special event, and it runned one year ! So as it seemed to be exceptionnal, the stand was attracting clients ! I did go, and felt it was a BIG business hand, i do prefer the family run business and traditionnal, so i will recommend you to try the Sukiyabashi Jiro in Roppongi. If you call around lunch or dinner time, you will have an assistant that speaks english fluently.. 
        SUKIYABASHI JIRO - ROPPONGI : lunch at 17850.-yens
        Just take a look at the menu, here below. If you make a call 3-4 days before, they will able to arrange the menu for you, the decor is hum-hum...to be honest.     
        FRENCH RESTAURANT -LE SIXIEME SENS  : lunch at 4500.-yens, 6000.-yens, 8000.-yens, 10000.-yens