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takoyaki Sep 1, 2012 05:29 AM

Hello, I want to thank everyone who posts here, your suggestions have been really valuable as I'm researching a trip to Tokyo in October. I've run into a small reservation conundrum and was hoping to get some feedback. We've asked our hotel to book Sushi Iwa for lunch, but unfortunately they have been unable to reach anyone there. I noticed in the Michelin guide that Sushi Iwa and many of the other Ginza sushi spots are closed Mid-August. Does anyone know how long this break lasts? Our hotel tells me that they have called every day for the last two weeks with no luck, and so they think that Sushi Iwa must be remodeling or closed. Does anyone know if this is true? I'm hesitant to give up on Sushi Iwa but now that it's September and the hotel still can't reach them, I feeling it might be time to move on.

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    prasantrin Sep 2, 2012 03:45 PM

    It should be open by now--when businesses close in mid-August, it's usually for O-bon, and they don't usually close for more than one week. (Your concierge would know that.)

    I checked tabelog. It says this

    2012年9月1日から、銀座8-5-25、第2三有ビル一階(以前銀座小十のあった場所)に移転します。電話は03-3572-0955に変わります。

    Their number has changed, so if you gave the concierge their old number, no one would be answering it. Surprised your concierge didn't check. It's an easy find.

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      takoyaki Sep 2, 2012 07:41 PM

      Thanks for your help, Prasantrin. I had given the concierge the old phone number, so I will write them with the new number. Thanks again!!!

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        Ninisix Sep 5, 2012 07:54 AM

        I loovved their old location, I will have to  check that, and the new Sushi Kanesaka that opened on the Hotel Palace (Otemachi).

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          takoyaki Sep 5, 2012 08:21 AM

          For those looking for Sushi Iwa, the above number is for their new location. Our concierge reported back to us that their English speaking chef quit when the restaurant moved, so they asked us to pre-select our lunch menu from 4,000yen, 8,000yen, or 18,000yen. With all these changes I hope it's still a worthwhile destination!

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            Ninisix Sep 6, 2012 04:21 AM

            Thank-you for the info.
            This master  was a good chef, his work on fish(=neta) was really better than Sushi Mao(this year), Sushi Kanesaka (4years ago) ! That sounds not good !! Hum..

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              Ninisix Oct 3, 2012 06:24 AM

              Finally, after 3 weeks, i have had lunch recently at the new location of sushi Iwa;.. my curiosity ended up as a pleasant surprise... the master Iwa was there !! He just got independant from the group Kanesaka (now as big as Kyubei), and opened his tiny stall in this old Koju location in the 8th district of Ginza.. and with all the famous sushi-yasan all around, sushi Kanesaka, sushi Kozasa, sushi Mizutani ... he has a challenging set at 4500yens for lunch. Challenging for me too ... perhaps his nigiris are too classic, or perhaps the shari(rice) is too soft... Shari(rice) trend is more firm rice. That said, soft rice can have pronounced taste for neta(=fish). His special pieces are the classic 'kohada', 'magurozuke(fresh maguro)', 'karei kombushime', ..

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                takoyaki Oct 4, 2012 06:14 AM

                Ninisix, thanks for your update. I'm happy to hear that Iwa did not leave when they moved to the new location. I'm looking forward to trying his lunch set, we have a reservation for the 8,000 yen lunch in mid-October so will report back after that.

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                  Hanare Nov 4, 2012 01:12 AM

                  Takoyaki how was the 8000 yen lunch at Sushi Iwa?Did the chef speak any English ?

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                    takoyaki Nov 4, 2012 09:19 AM

                    Hanare, I've been meaning to give an update, so thanks for your question. We had a very lovely lunch at Sushi Iwa, master Iwa served us and he was very friendly and spoke a little English. He was able to tell us most of the fish as he served it to us, and for the few that he didn't know he would show us the page for each fish in an English language book about sushi. There was also a young woman serving drinks and helping out on the other side of the counter and she spoke some very basic English as well. I would recommend having your hotel call ahead of time to arrange the reservation and the set menu, but after that we got by just fine. As for the lunch, we were served the following all nigiri style (and since this was from memory it wasn't exactly in this order): swordfish, red snapper, maguro, chu-toro, squid, giant clam, white shrimp, bonito, horse mackerel, sea eel, gizzard shad (kohada), salmon roe (ikura), amber jack, and tuna maki rolls. We started the meal off with a seaweed salad and finished with a miso soup and green tea. We've eaten a lot of sushi in New York and San Francisco, but this was our first time in Tokyo and the difference in quality was absolutely mind blowing! Also the experience of sitting at the small bar (maybe 6 chairs total) and watching master Iwa at work was a pleasure. I think the 8,000 Yen menu is also an incredible value, I highly recommend it.

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                      Hanare Nov 4, 2012 03:56 PM

                      Thanks Takoyaki.We had intended to go to Sushi Saito in December but the hotel concierge has told me that they have not even been able to get through over the last 4 days!After hearing from you we will switch to Iwa and try to secure a reservation there!

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                        takoyaki Nov 4, 2012 06:12 PM

                        I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did!

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                  angler Jul 16, 2013 10:55 AM

                  I have reservations at Sushi Iwa next week for lunch with my family and I'm looking forward to it! I had my reliable hotel make the reservations. I just want to make sure I know where it is located. Using Tabelog, I think I have the correct location, but my Japanese is not good. Could the readers verify if the location below on Google street view is correct? Thank you very much in advance. Dale

                  http://goo.gl/maps/vABa1

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                    Ninisix Jul 16, 2013 09:17 PM

                    The address of sushi Iwa is Ginza 8-5-25, it seems to not correspond to your google map link.
                    The simplest itinerary is to take the street between the Hermes Bldg and Sony Bldg, go straight until you reach the Dupont shop, sushi Iwa will be next to a florist, here a photo of the entrance :

                     
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                      angler Jul 17, 2013 07:28 AM

                      Thank you Ninisix! Your picture helps a lot. Actually, if you look at the street view on my link, the entrance photo is on the left side. The security door is closed on Google Street view. Dale

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                        hb1004 Oct 7, 2013 11:42 PM

                        Hi ninisix, just want to let you know that i finally tried sushi iwa - but in their new shop in Hong Kong, and it's really good and authentic. In fact, i think it's the best sushi in HK.

                        Just thought I'd let you know, since i first heard of this place from you :)

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                          Ninisix Oct 8, 2013 06:01 AM

                          Oh thank you, I hope to eat diner again this month, and I am glad to hear about he's opened a sushi-yasan in HongKong..

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