They are completely different. Miyoshi focused more on expensive over the top ingredients & theatrical effect while Jo offered more variety of dishes showing the culinary skill of the chef, in additional to ingredient sourcing skill. Jo is a smaller restaurant with wooden counter. It’s a simple yet elegant restaurant so the vibe at both places is completely different too. By the way, there’s one gentleman in their board wrote his comment on Miyoshi on this board too.
We also were rejected to book a table in 2008 by fax with the exception that foreigners were not likely to understand the food and culture. We had some Japanese friends to call and explain that we were very well informed about the culture and it would be an honor to visit. We were then allowed and had a fantastic experience with Hachiro Mizutani first watching our reactions and then loosening up to us and ending with free drinks and photo with us.
Lisbet / Denmark
I had such a great time at Okonomiyaki Fukutake. Out of all Japanese food, the idea of having okonomiyaki never got on my priority list. I always regard okonomiyaki as typical food for young people. Fukutake is a reminiscence of local neighborhood restaurant, attended by an
I overestimated my dining experience as I always got away with not speaking Japanese in any kaiseki, kappo or sushi ya who don’t speak English at all. It seems that I wouldn’t be able to make it here without any help of my good Japanese friend who took me there.
It is a soft texture which the chef just excels in turning chopped cabbage and seafood into something magical. The ambience there is very nostalgic. A must for okonomiyaki lover who an get an accompany by a local.
Normally Kappo restaurants wouldn't accept walk-in guests.
It is necessary to book in advance through your hotel, concierge service offered by your credit card company, or paid online reservation service.
@ChuToroZuke I will ask for Taka next time. I have been more fascinated by water and tea. I thought water got so much uniqueness with its Ph level, effervescence, and TDS. I also love tea with my meal. I would choose gyokuro over expensive wine any day. In general, pairing red wine and seafood is an odd combination.
For foreigners, they will now only allow reservations to be made online, not even from a hotel concierge. There are 2 booking sites: Omakase and Tableall. The booking fee is less with Omakase. Reservations can be made starting 2 months before the month in which you hope to dine.