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https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A130101/13245491/ Reservations through Omakase only

3 months ago

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hi saito san and everyone, i heard that this place have moved to Ginza. Is it opened? has anyone been? how would you recommend this Ginza Kirakutei?

thank you

3 months ago

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They're already open and taking reservations. The experts of this site have recommended it, and written on it, particularly emphasizing its sake program. In a very limited short description, it's above a casual izakaya but below the most expensive fine dining kappou/kaiseki, a blend of both worlds.

3 months ago
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ChuToroZuke

It really depends on your tastes and preferences, as well as your understanding and acceptance of different styles.

I can tell you why I like it. The sake selections are great for those really into harder to find quality brands, and there are some offerings unique to just Kirakutei. Chef has personal direct relationships with some of the sake breweries, who are able to source some unique brews for them not available elsewhere. Owners are super friendly, and okamisan speaks enough English that if you converse slowly with simple sentences, you can get by.

Chef owner doesn't have or list formal training, but I feel he's super talented and creative, and does not conform to any style. He loves eating around (high and low end) and stays in tune with trends, and thus draws inspiration and creates his own style while staying grounded in both modern and traditional washoku principles. Some of his really good friends are well respected chefs in town (Kurokaki, Amamoto, Ivan Orkin etc). Those who dislike this place perhaps feel the skill level is incomparable to their favorite harder to get into places (and many at times not fair comparisons to begin with), or they simply do not understand nor are willing to accept chef's style, or maybe they feel they would rather spend similar money somewhere else.

Out of the three times I've been, I've always been pleasantly surprised. The last visit was amazingly splendid, particularly when they paid extra attention to pouring sake for me that matched the food. I also recommended two friends to go there and they loved it as well.

To really appreciate Kirakutei, one will need to embrace a larger view of Japanese cuisine and be willing to put aside comparisons of literally anything. Don't think of Shinhara, Kimoto etc, and enjoy it for what it is. It's also easy to confuse it with "kaiseki" which it is not, but you will still get a sashimi course, grilled course, dashi course, dessert, and a gohan mono course of kama meshi, or the wickedly wonderful shrimp curry rice (simmered for a long time and is very intense), and something that would equate to a hassun platter. Kappo izakaya high end might be a very loose descriptor of the restaurant before the Ginza move, but perhaps modern washoku is more apt.

If you do try, please come back here and share your thoughts, good or bad.

3 months ago

guest

I beg to differ as we were sorely disappointed of the meals here. We were very excited at first when you mentioned the food here is on par with kaiseki place in ginza but it's no where near in my opinion and i am not talking about places likes KyoAji, IMatuskawa, Morikawa...etc. For the price point, you can have better executed meal and taste at hirosaku lunch for example, even Kotaro is better than the meal here. There are actually a lot of Kaiseki place in ginza that you can spend less than a 10k yen even for dinner, e.g hiroyuki, not to mention it's located so far away, it's really not worth the trek to get here if you are staying in the city center.

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Leo Saito

chief editor, TokyoTableTrip

Thank you for the review on the restaurant that you have visited As we want our comment column to go to be one that collects all kinds of opinions on the restaurants that we have introduced, we will continue to welcome your evaluation whether it is positive or negative.

over 2 years ago
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Leo Saito

chief editor, TokyoTableTrip

And I’m sorry that the article lead to your going so far out of your way.
I plan to start a service in the near future that will show people specifically recommended restaurants based on individual tastes and preferences.

over 2 years ago

Leo Saito

chief editor, TokyoTableTrip

於想要用1萬日圓左右的預算品嚐真正美味日本料理的海外人士,這是最推薦的店。

over 2 years ago

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ChuToroZuke

I visited Kirakutei based on your recommendation and wanted to thank you Saito san immensely for this (and also the yoshoku eatery in Yotsuya which was brilliant [not Kitchen Taka, didn't make it there, but did walk by Araki area which seems very lively at night!]). Koutaro san is extremely talented with his execution and creativity of flavors/textures, and his lovely okami-san is very helpful and warm despite limited English (Koutaro san understands but doesn't speak much). Excellent nihonshu selection (particularly their selection of Jikon!).

over 2 years ago
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Leo Saito

chief editor, TokyoTableTrip

It’s seems like you had an enjoyable time. Thank you very much for letting me know.

over 2 years ago

Location

Address

5-7-9 Kugayama, Suginami-ku, Tokyo

Transportation

3 minutes on foot from the Tokyu Keio Inokashira Line's Kugayama Station