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Ukyo in Azabu Juban

Hi Everyone,

As I was doing some research for a future trip to Tokyo, I came across a restaurant called Ukyo in Azabu-Juban in Tokyo from another person's blog: http://www.eataku.com/post/9125191870... . From the looks of it, it looks very delicious and obscene (in a good way with the overwhelming usage of amazing ingredients such as Truffles, Uni, Caviar and Foie Gras.

Have any of you guys dined there? How was your experience If so as they're nearby Roppongi, do they have an english menu and/or english speaking staff?

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    1. re: mlbartender

      I am certinaly going to spend more than one evening here during my trip to Tokyo.

    2. Looks like Kadowaki's bargain basement.

        1. re: Roysen

          Hi, it's shown in the tabelog link I provided in my self reply. A slab of Foie Gras on a bed of rice; maybe even with truffles

          1. re: mlbartender

            It looks like "Japanese-style" sauteed foie gras, with no mention of truffles on the menu listing for it: http://r.gnavi.co.jp/gaw6600/menu4/

            It's a pretty casual-looking menu, with lots of Okinawan dishes. (Also no mention of an English menu, despite the fact that they sprung for a Gurunavi page in English, so I'm guessing they don't have one.)

            1. re: Robb S

              Thanks for the info! I've found out from your postings that you operate bento.com in which I'm a big fan of. I hope that maybe in the future that you could cover this place on your site :)

            2. re: mlbartender

              Saw it now. It was not much caviar though.

          2. That looks like a good find! I imagine that it's all small dishes to go with your sake rather than a prix-fixe meal.

            I don't think there's much correlation between a restaurant's location in Azabu-Juban and the provision of an English-language menu.

            Perhaps you could ask your concierge to call and ask if they'd put together a meal and sake-tasting set for you though....

            1. Looks great. Adding this to the wish list for my next trip to Tokyo

              1. Damn, it's out! I've been in for a few post-dinner tastings. Very good sake list which is mostly focused on super trendy brands & refined Junmai grades. Don't know whether it's the owner's preference or because of the upwardly mobile couples they cater to, but most of the list is a fairly light, fruity (girlie) style. Like the food menu, some of it is a bit OTT: Raifuku 8% Junmai Daiginjo - what's the point? Definitely a fun option for date or a light dinner, though.

                I didn't see an English menu, and I don't know if anyone speaks English, sorry. The menu & sake list are pretty lengthy, so, as Robb S suggested, get your hotel to contact them.

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                1. re: wekabeka

                  Thank you for your post. I hear that it was pretty popular from the blog post but then again, that's the only information in English that I could find. They do have a facebook page so maybe I hope that someone might communicate back in English. It's good that you've pointed out how there are more fruitier sake variants as I'm more either into very dry (Otokoyama) or subtle/complex ones (Kubota Manju). If you don't mind me asking, how was the food over there?

                  1. re: mlbartender

                    Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the modern light, fruity varieties, especially when done well (Jikon, Aramasa, etc..), and there are some more robust junmais on the menu, too. The labels you have named are tanrei karaguchi styles, and while you can find a few that fit that description on their list, the market is generally moving away from that, in favour of a more aromatic style with a wine like body & sweet acidity.
                    I only sampled a few tsumami dishes (my focus was on drinking not eating), and everything I had was pretty good (iburigakko & cheese, ankimo ponzu, katsuo no shiokara), though I thought the akami & truffle was just so-so.
                    For me, it seems to be more of a place to enjoy small, rich plates of food during a late night drinking session (its open till 4am), than a destination for a meal. But as I said, I haven't tried much of the menu, so take my comments in that context.