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Kyubey Tokyo (Ginza)

Hi everyone...

I've been reading on here for a while and have not been able to find an answer to my question. I have reservations for dinner at Kyubey (Kyubei) in Ginza but it seems that most simply order Omakase. Can anyone tell me the difference between their different dinner options listed on their menu (other than the price) or should I just order Omakase for dinner? Thanks a bunch!

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  1. Even if you order "omakase" it's customary to set a budget (unless "omakase" is the name of one of their prix-fixe menus, in which case the price is fixed). So I would just order at a price level that you're comfortable with. As the menu gets more expensive you get slightly better fish for some of the items, but it all depends on the season, the catch of the day, etc. I think the overall amount of food doesn't change that much.

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    1. re: Robb S

      Thanks Robb S. I appreciate the feedback.

    2. Sushi Kyubei, well, it is certainly not my favorite... but I will try to answer your question. Difference is on the menu, pieces(30-40%) served are not the same as those from the cheaper menu. As nigiri are small (i.e. you eat more) and supplement pieces of maguro quiet expensive per piece, my recommendation is to order more expensive omakase so as to take no risk. The upgrade menu is with not only nigiri, but served with a series of tsumami(appetizer), and sashimi(seasonal). And do not hesitate to ask additional information about sushi ... there is so many good choices in Tokyo..

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      1. re: Ninisix

        Thank you Ninisix. Kyubei ended up being one of the easiest places to get a reservation at this point. My host in Tokyo attempted to reserve a place at Sushi Saito, but was unable. I would definitely prefer a sushi master over Kyubei, but not being in Tokyo (or Japan for that matter) or being able to speak Japanese makes things a bit difficult to secure a reservation...unless I'm missing something?? I would be more than happy to cancel the Kyubei reservation for something of better quality and availability for Friday March 8 dinner. Suggestions on places or what else I can do to get a reservation at a top notch place? Thanks and know that I really respect your insight and opinion. :)

        1. re: CoachVic

          Saito became impossible to book since last year. Mitani is another famous difficult reservation. Other than these, you still have a chance at any sushi restaurant.

          1. re: CoachVic

            Alone in sushi-yasan, and in Ginza, that is a good enjoyment.. What is your budget ? Do you prefer a whole feast with series of seafood followed by nigiris with some good sake ? Or just a nigiris well done ? 

            1. re: Ninisix

              It will be my wife and I dining and celebrating our 10th wedding Anniversary so I was hoping for the absolute best sushi (nigris) experience possible. Budget (like salary) depends on qualifications...I have no problem spending up to 25-30K/pp...if the food and dining experience live up to the price.

              1. re: CoachVic

                If you are looking for a total high-end beginner learning experience with some English explanation, you might want to look into Hatsune Sushi in Kamata for a Saturday lunch. The location requires a bit of travel, but this usually means it's easier to take a reservation. The meal is conducted like an interactive class and all the neta are tippy top end- i.e. maguro from Oma, buri from Himi, etc. He has Michelin star or stars. Can't remember how many.

                1. re: CoachVic

                  Well there is many sushi-yasan that can answer your first ! For example  a relatively cheap one is be sushi Kozasa in Ginza 8 chome, the assistant to the chef speaks English, even if he is old as the chef. The sushi there are very old Edo classic and they have some good hits like the classic kohada served 2 ways. Maguro will be not only zuke(marinated).. and they are both very nice. The diner 'nigiri' is at 9000yens, so you can have a drink in a Ginza bar after.
                  But in my opinion, beauty pieces are the key to a successful evening, and my preference is for sushi Iwa, you can ask the chef the name of each, he will kindly oblige. He's young, but already famous among sushi chef.. And you will be able to try one of the famous Ginza and also one star Tokyo sushi.

              2. re: CoachVic

                I definitely tried to get one of those two (Saito or Mizutani), but obviously came up empty. :)

                It will be my wife and I dining and celebrating our 10th wedding Anniversary so I was hoping for the absolute best sushi (nigris) experience possible. Budget (like salary) depends on qualifications...I have no problem spending 25-30K/pp...if the food and dining experience live up to the price.

                We are open to Friday night dinner or a Saturday lunch. Thanks again for your help Ninisix and babreu.

            2. Thanks for everyones input! I have made a reservation at Sushi Iwa for Friday night and will be dining at Takazawa on Saturday. Will report back after the weekend of March 9.