Saito-san,will we be getting any new posts from Shuuto Saito? Loved the recommendations and the reviews were full of depth.
Saito-san, any recommendations for a baby-friendly sushiya?
I recommend that you check with sushi restaurants with private room. ◆Sushi Yu (Roppongi)https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1307/A130701/13201640/◆Sushi Murase (Roppongi)https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1307/A130701/13174475/◆Kioicho Mitani (Akasaka)https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1308/A130801/13198197/◆Sushi Hisaichi (Asakusa)https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1311/A131102/13021324/◆Takumi Tatsuhiro (Shinjuku)https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1311/A131102/13021324/Also, I remember that “Kizaki”, which opened just this year, is open to guests with children on Saturdays and Sundays. ◆Kizaki (Akasaka)https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1308/A130801/13221218/
I just want to make a few comments about what I've experienced so far with sushi chefs and their demeanor.At least three chefs I dined with are not proficient in English. And I can't construct a proper sentence in Japanese but can communicate a few descriptive random terms. They don't know me and I only know of them through online research or their social media. But even then if there is some awkwardness in the beginning, it may help to learn some basic restaurant/sushi Japanese. Ask a question or two or make a constructive comment about a piece that you really enjoyed (and why it was good to you), but only do it from the point of your curiosity, not to show off. But you need to be self aware and think of whether the question is appropriate, right timing or setting to ask. Or if you are passionate about sake, ask okami san about availability of something or describe the profile you like, especially if you mention specific brands of small breweries you know they carry (a lot of this information can be found on tabelog listing of pictures of beverages). Show some sincerity, enthusiasm (but don't overact), and the right demeanor and the chefs will open up more. If you had a great time, show your appreciation (whether you really did or not). I know this all sounds like BS, but if you consider the climate of how a small segment of bad apples is ruining it for everyone, and there is a great divide between regulars, instagram authority figures, VIPs, vs the normal first time diners or visitors, sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands and make the most of your own experience, but again do it out of being genuine. If you are unhappy with the food and service, there isn't much more you can do to improve this, just treat it as an experience of learning, and move on. Some of you from Hong Kong use the term "stepping on land mine" and sometimes that happens. It's ok, live and learn, and there will surely be a place that makes you happy. Different styles and approaches exist for everyone. If you totally get it, then that is your kind of place.
Saito-san, what is your views on nakamura sushi?
I last visited over three years ago so I can't speak for what it's like these days but, while the service and the food were pretty good they also didn't really leave me desperate to come back for a second visit. I don't see much value for a sushi fan going all the way out there just to try their sushi.
Saito-san, just a general enquiry. Did anyone ever use the Japanese version of pocket concierge to reserve for ichikawa sushi and show up as a foreigner? Given the much cheaper rate for locals.
Of course, I'm not entirely sure what would happen if you tried, but were I a foreign traveler, I think I'd give it a shot all the same. So yes, by all means try to do it, and please share the result with other people.
So this was my experience with Pocket. A few months ago I booked Kirakutei via English site. Then when I found out how much more it cost vs the Japanese site, I was a bit cross and emailed Pocket, to which they cancelled my reservation and made an exception to allow me to book Japanese version of the site/price. The difference was that the English version of the site offered and included an all you can drink option, which I do not like as I am experienced enough to pick out the sake that I want. Recently I found out they had reservations open with Sushi Keita, but they disappeared from the English site. However they accepted bookings on Japanese site. Once I made a booking request through Japanese site, they said nothing available, and cancelled my reservation request, even though the Japanese site still listed it as available.So it maybe unlikely they will accept your booking if you try or force your way in. They have this weird policy that they charge more for English version of the site (and probably more for Chinese as well), to assist with translation and also to help call the restaurant on your behalf in case of changes. It's a bit far fetched to do that, but unfortunately that is their policy.
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