@Guest I visited Mekumi on 30 Dec.
Regarding sushi restaurants, I have not been to the superstars like Sugita or Amamoto but my current two favorites would be Shimizu and Ichijo.
Shimizu is just fascinating to me, especially after visiting a few times. Although the sushi looks deceptively simple, it feels like so much effort has been put into the conception and execution of each piece. Extraordinarily consistent meal from start to end with many standout pieces. Shimizu-san's anago is one of the few nigiri that forces me to smile while eating.
I also like the nigiri at Ichijo a lot and there are many standout pieces as well, although the overall balance does not reach Shimizu-level heights :-)
Yet another great article. There are two parts of the beef that I really like. 1. It’s what they called calotte in France or Saeu (새우) in Korea as its shape resembles shrimp. 2. Porter house. I have always wondered if they serve similar cuts in Japan and always curious if they got any name in Japanese.
@guest the shop you linked to instagram carries a selection of fairly popular brands in Japan but are also limited, smaller production. No two shops have similar inventories at all (there will be overlaps in some areas), so you can probably approach almost all of the shops I mentioned already to find what you want. There was a limited Christmas release (of Aramasa) not long ago but it must have sold out at a lot of places.
結城酒造株式会社 Yuki Shuzo - looking this up it is a sake brewery from Ibaraki prefecture. I have seen it around but never tasted their offerings. They have two product lineups <結ゆい> (yui yui) and ＜富久福＞(fuku fuku). A quick search shows that Hasegawa Saketen carries two of the yui yui sake but it is not clear which store will (if Kameido doesn't have it, try Omotesando and Tokyo Station).
@guest Tenzushi: starting this year all foreign visitors including normal old customers are required to book through Tableall.com only. No other third parties. But I’m not sure if few hotels might be exceptions.
The reason is some foreigners booked last year and no show. Tableall.com does protect the restaurant while foreign diners pay the price of the reckless fellow foreign diners.
I would love to hear from other readers who are regular at Tenzushi if anyone or any hotel can be the exception to this new rule.
I excluded it from the list because I have not visited it for a long time, but it may have been good for me to include it.
The Kitauchi Premium Beef Steak that is made using scarce wagyu beef and finished with a crisp surface is worth a try.
Well, i thought it was a turnoff too, but takamitsu-san's sushi really isn't bad. And his louis vuitton displays has achieved its desired impact - making you remember his restaurant(albeit in a bad way) compared to the other thousands of sushi restaurants which you probably won't even know their name.
Yes, because of the city's redevelopment efforts, it seems that the shop has been forced to evict. Apparently, it is going to reopen somewhere else, but there are no details about that yet.
There is a ramen shop called Gonoi in Jinbocho, which is run by a former apprentice, where diners can enjoy the same flavors as they did at Asuka.