Kawamura is not being considered as it accepts customers only by introduction.
Dons de La Nature was taken out from the list this time because its way of cooking steak was quite sloppy when it was visited several years ago.
I would like to also recommend Nagasaki Hanten
which while is not for everyone, I went back to a second time a couple weeks ago and enjoyed it immensely. Featured in Season 6? of one of the episodes of Kodoku No Gurume (lonely gourmet), the food lives up to the coverage.
While no English is spoken that I am aware of (and no English menu), all you need to do is focus on one or two signature dishes. The food is Nagasaki style Japanese Chinese
- Gokujo Champon (signature Nagasaki style pork bone broth ramen with a delectable amount of stir fried cabbage, pork, mixed seafood, vegetables on top with round slightly thicker medium firm noodles). Second time having this and still loved it. Seems healthier than Buta Yaro ;-) or Ramen Jiro's monster bowls...
- Sara (Sala) udon - this is not udon but resembles Cantonese pan fried noodles with cabbage and pork (and a few other things) on top. Another Nagasaki specialty. You can ask for "kata men" which is firmer crispier noodles. In the end it doesn't matter anyway as the starch thickened sauce will make it all less crispy and delicious. Alternate between vinegar, mustard, and their seasoned soy sauce in moderation.
If anything focus only on the champon. The soup alone is gorgeous, the seafood delicious, and the shitake is ridiculously good after absorbing all that flavor. If room allows then try the Sara Udon.
Get an order of yaki gyoza (beautiful and quite large portion), and a "bin biru" (bottle of Kirin) or you can get a nama beer. Then you should be good!
They have other classics like sweet sour pork (su-buta) and the typical chuka ryori classics, but the champon is a must have.
Anyone been to Sumibi Yakiniku Fuchioka (#7)?
How does it compare to Ushigoro Ginza and Yakiniku Jambo Hanera? Their rating on Tablelog is 3.66, versus Ushigoro Ginza and Yakiniku Jambo Hanera at 4.17 and 4.23 respectively.
Looking for a good yakiniku restaurant to try, any advice would be much appreciated!
Sakai is very good I would say. We visited back in April. There were about 7 or 8 otsumami followed by 13 nigris. I wouldn't compare the quality of ingridients straight with Tokyo's top tier sushiyas, given the price point and the fact that Sakai-san sourced most his ingridients from the nearby Kyushu area. But the meal at Sakai was very satisfying and touching. Every bite was delicious.
What amazed me even more was the good pace. Sakai has a 10- or 12-seat counter but the Chef managed to serve dishes very efficiently, without anyone getting less attention. We asked for hot tea in the middle of the meal and our cup was never left half fulfilled.
A wooden board hung behind the chef says "流汗悟道". It must have taken Sakai-san a lot of hard work to get to this level. Indeed, we could feel the effort and thoughts Sakai san had put into the meal. We were utterly impressed.
It is Iida, with three Michelin stars, right?
A kappo restaurant that has a lot of popularity with foodies in Japan, so it would be very hard to get a reservation.
Actually, I have not been there yet either.
It is different from Ogata, which tries to bring out the flavor of ingredients, while keeping salt to a minimum.
Their food is characterized as being delicate, with well refined seasonings that leave a strong impression.
If you get the opportunity, I do not think it would hurt to try that restaurant.