Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review

31 Mar 2019

While searching long and far for the best yakiniku in Tokyo, I came across the Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant, located in Shinjuku. If you’re not familiar, in Japanese, “yaki” means grilled and “niku” means meat, so yakiniku basically means Japanese Barbeque. You’re welcome!

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Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Originally, the photos of the interior and beautiful cuts of meat on their Instagram page led me to arrange a dinner there, to see if it tasted as good as it looked! This just illustrates how important it is to present your business professionally, to draw in business. Upon arrival, I was promptly greeted by the staff and brought to a private dining room for the evening’s feast. The restaurant manager suggested the Omakase tasting menu for the evening, which if you’re not familiar, means chef’s choice in Japanese. Little did I know that this was a marathon of eating with a jaw dropping 13 courses!

Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

From my experience with fine dining, the taste of the first bite is usually a great indicator for the quality of the rest of the evening. In this case, a bite of one of the six different Korean style bonchon dishes lifted my level of excitement for what was yet to come. After the bonchon came a salad with a simple presentation, but a slap of intense flavor to your taste buds. What a lovely start!

Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

The next course built the level of excitement, which was an assortment of four well-presented items. This included, tripe, sweet shrimp roll, beef filet and beef tartar made with various cuts of beef. I’m not generally a fan of tripe, but honestly, this was enjoyable and at first I actually couldn’t tell that it was even tripe. The plate’s presentation was gorgeous, accented with gold leaf and fish eggs. Beautiful and tasty.

Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Recently, I have been able to enjoy a few minced beef cutlets while in Tokyo. However, the very best I’ve ever had was at Yakiniku Samurai and was only lightly seasoned with nutmeg. Apparently, a majority of the flavor came from the specific beef used, which was incredibly juicy. Incredible. I started to really appreciate the flow of dishes in the design of the menu.

Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

The next course was comprised of beef tongue and beef heart. The staff informed me that the rear part of the tongue is the most tender, and this was exactly what they served. This was also when the first glass of red wine came, which was a 2014 Star Lane Vinyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Barbara, California. This rich, full-bodied red wine felt like it was made to be paired with the dishes served. I had to dance a little from pure joy! I’m definitely ordering this wine when I have a chance, lovely.

Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

I bounced back and forth between the initial bonchon dishes from the first course, because a little spice was great every now and again. Next up was a top blade beef cut, which comes from the shoulder area, served with Japanese Sannshou Pepper. In the same course was also a prized tri-tip cut coming from the thigh of the cow. Once again, both fully mouthwatering and delicious.

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Then was the hand-rolled sirloin sushi and soup. This course definitely was one of the most beautiful courses of the evening. It felt like I was eating a little piece of jewelry, delicious jewelry.

Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

To this point, everything was incredible, but little did I know at the time it would only get better from there. It soon became a steady stream of knockout punch type dishes that continually shocked and impressed me. The chateaubriand, a cut from the tenderloin, has a very fine texture, making it super tender and had to be cooked at a very low heat to bring out the best flavor. In the same course was served a sirloin which required high-heat and fast cooking. Both utterly delicious.

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Next up, was Japanese Shabushabu, where the meat is delicately boiled. This was made from sirloin meat, chrysanthemum, green onion, and Yairo Shitake Mushroom. Incredible. The meat was great, but for this course the mushroom is what really stood out to me.

Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Now was time for a course that had a huge wow factor, the Beef Fillet Cutlet Sandwich, created with bread from a very special bakery in Ginza, and topped with a homemade demi-glace sauce. This sandwich costs $100 USD! The taste was incredible, this wasn’t just hype! If you have a chance, try this succulent sandwich!

Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

The last item before things started to wind-down was the Chuck Flap Sukiyaki with Italian Truffle. This dish was prepared on the table. It was cooked by hot water then swirled together with egg and truffle adding to its richness! A real crowd pleaser.

Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

At this point, I had an option between noodles or curry rice. I went with the staff recommendation of curry rice. Even though I was quite full, I easily ignored it because the flavor was so impressive! The meat in the curry was also super tender, perfection.

Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

To wrap up the meal I tried all three puddings including matcha, hojicha (roasted green tea), and almond. The texture of Japanese pudding is so much better than any other pudding I’ve had. Delicate, yet super rich and creamy. Definitely not the pudding my mom used to make!

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The way this entire evening came together impressed me greatly. It’s not common a restaurant can serve 13 courses where all of them will blow your mind! Yakiniku Samurai is an absolute must if you want to have one of the best meals of your life! It’s not just amazing food, it’s also the beautiful interior, ambiance, and attentive service. Yakiniku Samurai is the full package, and the best Yakiniku I’ve ever had. Go go go!

While searching long and far for the best yakiniku in Tokyo, I came across the Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant, located in Shinjuku. If you’re not familiar, in Japanese, "yaki" means grilled and "niku" means meat, so yakiniku basically means Japanese Barbeque. You’re welcome! Originally, the photos of the interior and beautiful…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 10
Value - 9.6
Feng Shui - 9.7
Convenience - 9
Service - 9.7

9.6

Must eat!

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Yakiniku Samurai

Restaurant

2 Chome-20-9 Kabukicho Shinjuku-ku Tokyo-to
東京都 新宿区 歌舞伎町 2-20-9 三経ビル75 1F

Phone: +81-50-5596-7356

 


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Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Best Yakiniku in Tokyo: Yakiniku Samurai Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Toyosu Market Tour and Sushi Class: Sushi Mafia Tokyo Review

23 Mar 2019

In October of 2018, the famous Inner Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo closed, and a majority of the activities moved to the new and shiny Toyosu Fish Market. Now, a majority of visitors are no longer allowed to enter the commercial and wholesale areas of the Toyosu Market. The keyword here is most, I was allowed to enter this forbidden seafood haven because I joined the Tokyo Sushi Insider Workshop by Sushi Mafia which includes a VIP tour of the commercial area of the Toyosu Fish Market! If you didn’t remember, I also experienced the absolutely incredible Tokyo Sushi & Sake Night also by Sushi Mafia which you can read about here. This experience includes a sushi making class and lunch after the Toyosu Market tour by Morio Hori, a seasoned professional sushi chef.

Click here to book your experience with Sushi Mafia now!

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Toyosu Market Tour and Sushi Class: Sushi Mafia Tokyo Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Toyosu Market Tour and Sushi Class: Sushi Mafia Tokyo Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

The tour started at 9 in the morning at the ticket gate of the nearby Shijo-Mae station. Before I knew it, we were quickly entering the commercial area of the Toyosu Market where once again, tourists are generally not allowed. This felt very sneaky but actually, Sushi Mafia can offer this exclusive access. We got to see where professionals come to buy their raw ingredients, and I must say, it was very interesting! Just don’t get ran over by all of the speedy buggies driving around!

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We spent some time exploring all the fresh items in the commercial area, and then moved on to the other market’s public area. The market area open to the public was basically a Japanese supermarket with a lot of extras. A great place to get souvenirs and taste tea!

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Toyosu Market Tour and Sushi Class: Sushi Mafia Tokyo Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Toyosu Market Tour and Sushi Class: Sushi Mafia Tokyo Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

After we had some samples and bought fish, we headed over to the Tsukiji Outer Market. We transferred in a very nice van provided by Sushi Mafia. Upon arrival, we entered a sea of people. While at the Tsukiji Outer Market, we got to witness how a fish goes from peacefully swimming in the water, to becoming ready to cook. It was interesting to see the process from start to finish, I had actually never seen it done with this much attention to detail before.

Toyosu Market Tour and Sushi Class: Sushi Mafia Tokyo Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Toyosu Market Tour and Sushi Class: Sushi Mafia Tokyo Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Toyosu Market Tour and Sushi Class: Sushi Mafia Tokyo Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

The tour portion of the experience had come to a close, and I was getting hungry! Luckily it was time to go back to the Sushi Mafia Lab to learn how to fillet fish and make sushi. The lesson started with watching a professional chef cut a large piece of tuna into slabs for sushi making. We got to sample it, perfectly fatty, it melted in my mouth like butter! Next, I learned all of the details for how to fillet a fish myself! They told me I was a natural, I hope they weren’t just being nice.

Toyosu Market Tour and Sushi Class: Sushi Mafia Tokyo Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Toyosu Market Tour and Sushi Class: Sushi Mafia Tokyo Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Toyosu Market Tour and Sushi Class: Sushi Mafia Tokyo Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Toyosu Market Tour and Sushi Class: Sushi Mafia Tokyo Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

The next thing we knew, we had a giant plate of sashimi in front of us and were learning how to form sushi ourselves. I knew from last time that Sushi Mafia doesn’t play games with their ingredients, this fish was very high-quality and super tasty. I was quite proud of my sushi!

Toyosu Market Tour and Sushi Class: Sushi Mafia Tokyo Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Toyosu Market Tour and Sushi Class: Sushi Mafia Tokyo Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Toyosu Market Tour and Sushi Class: Sushi Mafia Tokyo Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Toyosu Market Tour and Sushi Class: Sushi Mafia Tokyo Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

It was then time to eat our creations, and a few more supplied by the Sushi Mafia chefs. There’s also an option for sake pairing with the lunch, which I would recommend, as it doesn’t get much better than sushi and sake. Everything was absolutely delicious, including the fried sardines that were made from what we filleted earlier. Halfway through the meal, the chef seared sushi in front of us with a flame, and then added lemon and salt. This might be one of my new favorite ways to eat sushi, it was phenomenal!

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After an incredibly action-packed day, the whole experience was coming to an end, unfortunately. With a full belly and a lot of knowledge, it was time to head home. I’d like to commend the whole Sushi Mafia team for doing a great job. All in all, I can highly recommend this experience with Sushi Mafia in Tokyo, Japan! This is an opportunity to learn an incredible amount as well as eating some very tasty food.

Click here to book your experience with Sushi Mafia now!

In October of 2018, the famous Inner Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo closed, and a majority of the activities moved to the new and shiny Toyosu Fish Market. Now, a majority of visitors are no longer allowed to enter the commercial and wholesale areas of the Toyosu Market. The keyword…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 9.3
Value - 9.2
Feng Shui - 9.2
Convenience - 9.4
Service - 9.7

9.4

Incredible!

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Sushi Mafia Tokyo

Tour

Japan, 〒104-0045 Tokyo, Chūō, Tsukiji, 2−6-9

Phone: +81 3-3216-7297

 

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Old Town Tokyo Food Tour Review

16 Mar 2019

We all have different ideas when it comes to Japanese culture. Some of us may think of the bustling metropolis of Tokyo, while others may think of low-rise traditional buildings with lots of history and rich culture. The latter is what I got to finally experience on the Old Town Tokyo Food Tour by Arigato Japan. I’ve been to Tokyo a few times and got to see different sides of the city, but sadly never have I been to this part of the citym until now!

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Arigato Food Tours Japan: Old Town Tokyo Food Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Old Town Tokyo Food Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

The Old Town Tokyo Food Tour started off with a quick introduction to the group and the history of Yanaka. Yanaka has survived both World War II and multiple devastating earthquakes which decimated a large swath of the city.

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Old Town Tokyo Food Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Old Town Tokyo Food Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Old Town Tokyo Food Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Attention Cat Lovers: Yanaka is famous for its many cats!

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Old Town Tokyo Food Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Old Town Tokyo Food Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Old Town Tokyo Food Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

The first food that got me truly excited was the minced meat cutlet! This deep-fried minced meat cutlet was absolutely bursting with flavor and juiciness. It was perfectly balanced, I could just keep eating and eating. We followed this up with a sweet treat.

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Old Town Tokyo Food Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Old Town Tokyo Food Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

I was super excited to go to the knife shop and test out some of the incredibly sharp knives. I cut a carrot like hot butter! After checking out the knives, we got to try sake on the street where we also discussed more about Japanese history and culture. I noticed that the area was filled with local people and has not yet turned into an oversaturated tourist hot spot. Refreshing.

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For lunch, we had a soba meal which was the first cold soba that I truly enjoyed. Well done to Yanaka and Arigato Japan!

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Old Town Tokyo Food Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Old Town Tokyo Food Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

After our filling soba meal, we made our way down to the end of the Yanaka shopping street and turned to find our next dessert stop!

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Old Town Tokyo Food Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Old Town Tokyo Food Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Not only did we get to try delicious food, but we got to learn about an intense drama that took place a few hundred years ago that started at a temple we visited and included lots of death. Very interesting indeed!

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Old Town Tokyo Food Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Old Town Tokyo Food Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Old Town Tokyo Food Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Old Town Tokyo Food Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Old Town Tokyo Food Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

One of the final stops of the Old Town Tokyo Food Tour was probably my favorite stop, which was a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. I was caught up with a sense of peace and tranquility while I watched the woman prepare and serve our tea, one by one. The cup I drank from was 150 years old! We were served a salty and sweet snack that went very well with the slightly bitter tea. The tea experience was the cherry on top of the entire experience. This is a must if you visit Japan!

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Towards the end of the tour, we made our way through a Japanese cemetery and to one final temple. This was a great way to wind down this action-packed tour! There was way more of a variety of cultural experiences in The Old Town Tokyo Food Tour than I ever could have imagined. The tour guides were very insightful and had lots interesting facts to offer throughout the tour. All in all, it was an absolutely wonderful experience which was way better than I expected and I can easily recommend you to try it when you’re in Tokyo, Japan!

Book your experience with promotional code “PIERRE10” to receive a 10% discount!

We all have different ideas when it comes to Japanese culture. Some of us may think of the bustling metropolis of Tokyo, while others may think of low-rise traditional buildings with lots of history and rich culture. The latter is what I got to finally experience on the Old Town…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 9.1
Value - 9
Feng Shui - 9.1
Convenience - 9
Service - 9

9

Magical!

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Arigato Food Tours Japan

Tour

Japan, 〒106-0045 Tokyo, Minato, Azabujuban, 1 Chome−2−7 ラフィネ麻布十番701号室

Phone: +81 90-6484-9577

 

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Luxury Tokyo Sake, Cocktail, Whisky and Pairing Tour Review

26 Feb 2019

When first arriving in Tokyo, it can be easy to become overwhelmed with all of the nightlife options this bustling metropolis has to offer. This is why on my latest visit, I sought out the services of Arigato Food Tours Japan. While looking through their experiences, I came across their Luxury Tokyo Sake, Cocktail, Whisky and Pairing Tour. The tour had five stops around the Shimbashi and Ginza areas of Tokyo. Along the way, there was lots of information provided which wasn’t always just about food and drink, but also about Japanese culture and history. Very interesting!

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Arigato Food Tours Japan: Luxury Tokyo Sake, Cocktail, Whisky and Pairing Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Luxury Tokyo Sake, Cocktail, Whisky and Pairing Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Luxury Tokyo Sake, Cocktail, Whisky and Pairing Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Luxury Tokyo Sake, Cocktail, Whisky and Pairing Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

The first drink-stop of the tour was at a Japanese craft beer bar. There were tons of beers on tap, I went for the Coffee Stout which blew my mind! We had a few side dishes to take the edge off as well (I arrived super hungry) because I plan ahead for these things. Strategize!

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Luxury Tokyo Sake, Cocktail, Whisky and Pairing Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Luxury Tokyo Sake, Cocktail, Whisky and Pairing Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Luxury Tokyo Sake, Cocktail, Whisky and Pairing Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Luxury Tokyo Sake, Cocktail, Whisky and Pairing Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Our tour guides (yes, plural) were quite insightful as they had both spent many years living in Japan. We had a short walk to our next destination which was also the first time that I’ve ever tried Matcha Beer. It may sound like it wouldn’t fit together but in actuality, it was absolutely delicious! We also sampled miso cheese and a few other side dishes. The miso cheese was my favorite for the food!

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Luxury Tokyo Sake, Cocktail, Whisky and Pairing Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Luxury Tokyo Sake, Cocktail, Whisky and Pairing Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

The alcohol started to work its magic on me and then it was time to go to a proper sake tasting. This was the most formal part of the tour as it was at high-end sake brand’s tasting room. We learned all about how they grind down the rice to make different qualities of sake. Long story short, the more the rice is ground down, the higher the quality of sake produced.

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Luxury Tokyo Sake, Cocktail, Whisky and Pairing Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Luxury Tokyo Sake, Cocktail, Whisky and Pairing Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Luxury Tokyo Sake, Cocktail, Whisky and Pairing Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Luxury Tokyo Sake, Cocktail, Whisky and Pairing Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Towards the end of the evening, there were two stops that both offered great cocktails, but both were very different experiences. I liked the variety! The first venue was my style, very chic with good service, drinks, and atmosphere. I went for the Soba Caramel Banana Cocktail which was one of their Signature Tea Cocktails, it was a lovely dessert. I’d get another!

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Arigato Food Tours Japan: Luxury Tokyo Sake, Cocktail, Whisky and Pairing Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Luxury Tokyo Sake, Cocktail, Whisky and Pairing Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

The final stop was at an underground bar with a very dark and mysterious theme. This was the cherry on top of the whole experience, and where I was able to sample some tasty and especially beautiful cocktails. As you can see from the photos, one had a giant cloud of cotton candy and the other had octopus! Another great venue. We finished off the drinks with some fantastic chocolate.

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Luxury Tokyo Sake, Cocktail, Whisky and Pairing Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

Arigato Food Tours Japan definitely enlightened me on where to spend my evenings in Tokyo. The Luxury Tokyo Sake, Cocktail, Whisky and Pairing Tour turned out to be very enjoyable and educational. I learned a lot more than I expected about a wide range of Japanese related topics. If you’re looking for a great way to dive head first into the nightlife of Tokyo book a tour with Arigato Food Tours Japan!

Book your experience with promotional code “PIERRE10” to receive a 10% discount!

When first arriving in Tokyo, it can be easy to become overwhelmed with all of the nightlife options this bustling metropolis has to offer. This is why on my latest visit, I sought out the services of Arigato Food Tours Japan. While looking through their experiences, I came across their…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 9
Value - 9
Feng Shui - 8.5
Convenience - 8.5
Service - 8.7

8.7

Tasty!

Arigato Food Tours Japan: Luxury Tokyo Sake, Cocktail, Whisky and Pairing Tour Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo Tours

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Arigato Food Tours Japan

Tour

Japan, 〒106-0045 Tokyo, Minato, Azabujuban, 1 Chome−2−7 ラフィネ麻布十番701号室

Phone: +81 90-6484-9577

 


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The Steakhouse Restaurant Review: Wagyu Heaven in Tokyo

17 Feb 2019

While spending time in Tokyo, I spent a lot of my time seeking out food that I cannot easily get outside of Japan. I actually reviewed the ANA InterContinental Tokyo on a different trip and that was when I first learned about The Steakhouse. The Steakhouse Restaurant sits one floor above the lobby. I was originally interested in The Steakhouse because of their selection of beef, both foreign and domestic. In order to be called Wagyu, the beef must meet certain requirements, Japan is serious about these. Lucky for us The Steakhouse has lots of high-end meat, including the beautiful and authentic Wagyu!

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I was first greeted by a friendly hostess who led me past the spacious main dining room to one of several private dining rooms. I could see the New York inspiration in their interior design.

The Steakhouse Restaurant Review: Wagyu Heaven in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

The Steakhouse Restaurant Review: Wagyu Heaven in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

The Steakhouse Restaurant Review: Wagyu Heaven in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

To start the meal off was a glass of G.H. Mumm Champagne. Things started to get exciting with the arrival of the Tomato Salad with Ricotta Cheese. This salad was fantastic and perfectly balanced. Highly recommended.

The Steakhouse Restaurant Review: Wagyu Heaven in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

The Steakhouse Restaurant Review: Wagyu Heaven in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

The Steakhouse Restaurant Review: Wagyu Heaven in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

The Steakhouse Restaurant Review: Wagyu Heaven in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

The Steakhouse Restaurant Review: Wagyu Heaven in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

The Steakhouse Restaurant Review: Wagyu Heaven in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

The Steakhouse Restaurant Review: Wagyu Heaven in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

For this evening, I ordered both the Sendai Tenderloin and the Iwami Sirloin, to compare. Also, I ordered the surf and turf option which added a lobster tail. For the side dishes, I went with sautéed mushrooms and French fries. This was all accompanied by a glass of Tenet Wines ‘The Pundit’ Syrah, Columbia Valley which paired well with its deep full body. First and foremost, the steak looked beautiful, love at first site. I sliced into it and was pleased to see a perfect medium rare. When you look closely, you can see all of the marbled fat running through the muscle tissue which was incredibly tender. Both were mind-blowingly good, but the Sendai Tenderloin was the winner in my book!

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The Steakhouse Restaurant Review: Wagyu Heaven in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Sadly my steak disappeared from my plate rather quickly, not sure where it went! It was then time for dessert, I sampled the Lemon Pie and the Panna Cotta. Both of these desserts were quite lovely in their own way, very tasty. With dessert, I got a shot of espresso which was also super tasty, great coffee at The Steakhouse.

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The evening at The Statehouse inside of the ANA InterContinental Tokyo, Japan was superb! My favorite items were the Tomato Salad, Sendai Tenderloin, Iwami Sirloin and the desserts. There were a few other items ordered that could have used slight improvements but if you go with what I recommend, you have a recipe for success! If you’re looking for a great restaurant to get a high-quality piece of meat in Tokyo, look no further than The Steakhouse at the ANA InterContinental Tokyo!

While spending time in Tokyo, I spent a lot of my time seeking out food that I cannot easily get outside of Japan. I actually reviewed the ANA InterContinental Tokyo on a different trip and that was when I first learned about The Steakhouse. The Steakhouse Restaurant sits one floor…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 8.7
Value - 8.4
Feng Shui - 7.7
Convenience - 7.5
Service - 8.7

8.2

Wagyu!

8


 

The Steakhouse

Restaurant

ANA InterContinental Tokyo
1-12-33, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052, Japan

Phone: +81-03-3505-1185

 


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The Steakhouse Restaurant Review: Wagyu Heaven in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

The Steakhouse Restaurant Review: Wagyu Heaven in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

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Amazing Dinner and Sake Pairing in Tokyo: Sushi Mafia Review

06 Feb 2019

The more I travel, the more I learn that local cultural experiences tend to be the most rewarding when visiting foreign countries. Diving deep into a culture, seeking out experiences that teach you something new, tend to build lasting memories. For example, if you’re a foreigner in Japan, sure you can go eat lots of tasty local food, but you’re only able to absorb what you can see. That is why I searched out an experience that could teach me more deeply about the cuisine and culture. During my search, I came across Sushi Mafia. Sushi Mafia focuses on everything related to Japanese seafood and offers several high-end experiences including tours of the famous Tokyo seafood markets, sushi making classes, tuna auction tours, knife sharpening classes, and their Tokyo Sushi & Sake Night with chef Morio Hori and interpreter Naoko Miyajima.

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The Sushi Mafia location is near the Tsukiji Fish Market and close to multiple metro stations. The building was in the style of a classic Japanese tea house, complete with a half door that guests must hunch down to enter, so we can’t bring in our swords obviously. I walked upstairs, it felt like I stepped into a traditional Japanese living room, very warm and comfortable.

Amazing Dinner and Sake Pairing in Tokyo: Sushi Mafia Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Amazing Dinner and Sake Pairing in Tokyo: Sushi Mafia Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Amazing Dinner and Sake Pairing in Tokyo: Sushi Mafia Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Amazing Dinner and Sake Pairing in Tokyo: Sushi Mafia Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Amazing Dinner and Sake Pairing in Tokyo: Sushi Mafia Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

It was just three guests and the 2 staff members, so we really had a very intimate experience. Throughout the evening we tried dozens and dozens of food and alcohol pairings! With each bite and each drink we learned the specifics of every item, sometimes it was about how they were made, where they were bought, their value and much more. During the evening there was a completely free exchange of conversation between the chef, interpreter and the guests, which made it very easy to ask questions and learn. Somethings we learned was an overview of how to make sushi, the differences between Japanese sake, how to grind wasabi and more.

Amazing Dinner and Sake Pairing in Tokyo: Sushi Mafia Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

This immense information and wisdom came from 30 years of the chef’s experience which would be nearly impossible to come by during a standard restaurant visit.

Amazing Dinner and Sake Pairing in Tokyo: Sushi Mafia Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Amazing Dinner and Sake Pairing in Tokyo: Sushi Mafia Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Amazing Dinner and Sake Pairing in Tokyo: Sushi Mafia Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Amazing Dinner and Sake Pairing in Tokyo: Sushi Mafia Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Amazing Dinner and Sake Pairing in Tokyo: Sushi Mafia Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Amazing Dinner and Sake Pairing in Tokyo: Sushi Mafia Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Amazing Dinner and Sake Pairing in Tokyo: Sushi Mafia Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

We had lots of fish during the evening and my favorite was the swordfish, which was actually caught three days previous. There were a wide range of other dishes besides the fantastic sashimi and sushi, including salmon croquettes, grilled anchovies, greens with mushrooms, a Japanese seafood stew and more! We were offered only the finest alcohol, fish and other ingredients along with an educational experience that I will never forget.

Amazing Dinner and Sake Pairing in Tokyo: Sushi Mafia Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Amazing Dinner and Sake Pairing in Tokyo: Sushi Mafia Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Amazing Dinner and Sake Pairing in Tokyo: Sushi Mafia Review Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

I still can’t get over how well I was treated, and how much good food and drink I had during my experience with Sushi Mafia! If you’re in Tokyo, and want to truly memorable Japanese dining experience, then you must give Sushi Mafia a try. They’ve got lots of experiences to choose from, and after this evening I can’t wait to try their other offerings! The amount of value guests get for their money far exceeds the price. This is an experience I’ll never forget and therefore I can easily recommend Sushi Mafia everyone!

The more I travel, the more I learn that local cultural experiences tend to be the most rewarding when visiting foreign countries. Diving deep into a culture, seeking out experiences that teach you something new, tend to build lasting memories. For example, if you're a foreigner in Japan, sure you…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 9.2
Value - 9.2
Feng Shui - 8.6
Convenience - 9.3
Service - 9.7

9.2

Must try!

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Sushi Mafia Tokyo

Tour

Japan, 〒104-0045 Tokyo, Chūō, Tsukiji, 2−6-9

Phone: +81 3-3216-7297

 


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The Tavern Restaurant Review: Snow-Aged Beef in Tokyo

03 Feb 2019

Ever since my recent visit to the Andaz Tokyo Hotel, I was curious to visit their Tavern – Grill and Lounge to try their Snow-Aged Beef. If you haven’t, be sure to read my 7 Reasons to Love Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills article here. Snow-Aged Beef is aged in a snowy northern area of Japan, inside of a snow cellar. If something is done in a unique way, I’m up to try it!

The Tavern Restaurant Review: Snow-Aged Beef in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

The Tavern Restaurant Review: Snow-Aged Beef in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

The Tavern Restaurant Review: Snow-Aged Beef in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

The Tavern Restaurant Review: Snow-Aged Beef in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

The evening began with a drink at the Andaz Tokyo’s Rooftop Bar. The Rooftop Bar is just one floor up from The Tavern and offers phenomenal views of the Tokyo skyline. If there is something unique I tend to go for it, as mentioned, so I ordered a hot sake cocktail. The one I ordered was actually listed as a soup and I could see why immediately because of it’s thick, green consistency. The bar was beautiful during my winter time visit but I’m sure it’s even better in the summer! Then it was down to the dining room for dinner.

The Tavern Restaurant Review: Snow-Aged Beef in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

The Tavern Restaurant Review: Snow-Aged Beef in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

The interior of The Tavern is stunning and comfortable just like the rest of Andaz Tokyo. There are several different seating options, all very aesthetically pleasing. For the evening, we went for a six course tasting menu, to fully experience what The Tavern can do.

The Tavern Restaurant Review: Snow-Aged Beef in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

The Tavern Restaurant Review: Snow-Aged Beef in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

The Tavern Restaurant Review: Snow-Aged Beef in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

First arrived a glass of Ruinart Brut Champagne, to get the juices flowing. A few dishes came and went, but the real excitement started with the lobster bisque. I loved this frothy yet rich soup. That slight sweetness from the lobster and just the right amount of salt made for the perfect balance. The next item that was very memorable was the grilled sea scallop with watercress purée, and butter braised turnip. This dish was also perfectly balanced, scallop seared to perfection, sauces bursting with great flavor and it all fit together like a hand in glove.

The Tavern Restaurant Review: Snow-Aged Beef in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

The Tavern Restaurant Review: Snow-Aged Beef in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

After an evening of anticipation, it was finally game time! We had two options for the Japanese Snow-Aged Beef, Sirloin F1 120g or Tenderloin F1 120g. Both came with mashed potatoes. The Snow-Aged meat had a satisfactory amount of fat and muscle tissue reminded me of American beef. It was very tasty indeed, but I’d credit that more to the lovely cows than the aging process. The accompanying mashed potatoes were top-notch and a perfect pair with the steak!

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To finish off the meal was the Bombe Alaska, Earl Grey, apricot, and almond dessert. Very lovely indeed and went well with the espresso I ordered. I’d highly recommend ordering espresso at The Tavern, it was incredible coffee.

The Tavern Restaurant Review: Snow-Aged Beef in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Overall, the evening at The Tavern – Grill and Lounge was lovely. The service throughout the evening was exceptionally good, very personable service. Considering all the aspects of The Tavern, I would score this evening well and could easily recommend a meal here!

Ever since my recent visit to the Andaz Tokyo Hotel, I was curious to visit their Tavern - Grill and Lounge to try their Snow-Aged Beef. If you haven't, be sure to read my 7 Reasons to Love Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills article here. Snow-Aged Beef is aged in a snowy…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 7.7
Value - 7.5
Feng Shui - 9.8
Convenience - 8
Service - 9.5

8.5

Tasty

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The Tavern – Grill and Lounge

Restaurant

1-23-4, Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 105-0001

Phone: +81 3 6830 1234

 


The Tavern Restaurant Review: Snow-Aged Beef in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

The Tavern Restaurant Review: Snow-Aged Beef in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

The Tavern Restaurant Review: Snow-Aged Beef in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

The Tavern Restaurant Review: Snow-Aged Beef in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

THE GATE HOTEL Kaminarimon Review: Asakusa at Your Doorstep

30 Jan 2019

While wrapping up my latest hotel adventure in Tokyo, I made my final stop at The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon in Asakusa. If you’re familiar with Tokyo, Japan, you’ll know that there are tons attractions in this area. It’s most famous for the Sensō-ji Buddhist Temple but there lots of shops, food and drink to explore as well! Pierre’s favorite style. Here you’ll find all kind of local goods that make great souvenirs as well. Without a doubt The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon offers a great jump-off point to explore all the area has to offer!

THE GATE HOTEL Kaminarimon Review: Asakusa at Your Doorstep Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

THE GATE HOTEL Kaminarimon Review: Asakusa at Your Doorstep Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

THE GATE HOTEL Kaminarimon Review: Asakusa at Your Doorstep Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

The visit started with checking in at the hotel lobby on the 13th floor. The staff were courteous upon check-in and informed me that my room was ready on the ninth floor. I went down to my room to see what I was working with! The room was mid-sized, complete with two beds and a great view of the Tokyo Sky Tree. A pleasant surprise was the high-quality capsule coffee maker next to a massive egg light. There was a small desk which suited me well for my stay.

THE GATE HOTEL Kaminarimon Review: Asakusa at Your Doorstep Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

THE GATE HOTEL Kaminarimon Review: Asakusa at Your Doorstep Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

The bathroom was in a very Japanese style with shower and bathtub sharing the same room. I liked how deep the tub was and how fast it filled up. A great way to relax after a long day of walking around.

THE GATE HOTEL Kaminarimon Review: Asakusa at Your Doorstep Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

THE GATE HOTEL Kaminarimon Review: Asakusa at Your Doorstep Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

THE GATE HOTEL Kaminarimon Review: Asakusa at Your Doorstep Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Where The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon shines the most is during breakfast. The restaurant is located on the 13th floor, the same as the lobby. At breakfast there was both a small a la carte menu along with a modest buffet. For the first morning I went for the Eggs Benedict with Japanese Curry and the second morning, the French Toast. I must say both were very delectable!

THE GATE HOTEL Kaminarimon Review: Asakusa at Your Doorstep Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

THE GATE HOTEL Kaminarimon Review: Asakusa at Your Doorstep Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon also has a rooftop terrace only accessible to hotel guests. I visited during the winter and it was beautiful. However, I’m sure that during the summer it’s even better!

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When it’s all said and done, The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon is a great base to explore the Asakusa area with all it has to offer. This area has tons to explore indeed. I found the overall quality of the offering as well as the service to be satisfactory. I enjoyed my time in Asakusa at The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon.

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While wrapping up my latest hotel adventure in Tokyo, I made my final stop at The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon in Asakusa. If you're familiar with Tokyo, Japan, you'll know that there are tons attractions in this area. It's most famous for the Sensō-ji Buddhist Temple but there lots of shops,…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 8.1
Value - 7.6
Feng Shui - 7.5
Convenience - 8.5
Service - 8.4

8

Asakusa!

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THE GATE HOTEL Kaminarimon

Hotel

2 Chome-16-11 Kaminarimon, Taitō, Tokyo 111-0034, Japan

Phone: +81 3-5826-3877

 


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THE GATE HOTEL Kaminarimon Review: Asakusa at Your Doorstep Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Keyakizaka Restaurant Review: Teppanyaki in Tokyo

27 Jan 2019

Recently I had a chance to visit the Keyakizaka Restaurant, inside of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo (read about my Grand Hyatt Tokyo stay here.) The restaurant offers a beautiful dining room with lots of seating but yet felt very intimate.

Keyakizaka Restaurant Review: Teppanyaki in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Keyakizaka Restaurant Review: Teppanyaki in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

From the moment I entered the door the Keyakizaka Restaurant staff treated me with the utmost respect and care. To get the ball rolling I ordered an Asahi Dry Black Beer as well Masuizumi Junmai Daiginjo Sake. Both went down smooth as silk and got my appetite racing!

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Then came the food, the first few items were decent, but where the meal really got exciting was when they served the Hokkaido Scallop with Tomato Butter Sauce. The scallop was accompanied with mushrooms and the sauce which was slightly tart. This dish was perfectly balanced and the scallop was cooked to perfection. Great job!

Keyakizaka Restaurant Review: Teppanyaki in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Keyakizaka Restaurant Review: Teppanyaki in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Keyakizaka Restaurant Review: Teppanyaki in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Keyakizaka Restaurant Review: Teppanyaki in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Keyakizaka restaurant offers an original wagyu called Keyakizaka beef where the cows are fed a special superfood diet during the final month of their lives that seem to make them very tender. The intense marbling told me all I needed to know. I got to try both tenderloin and sirloin. It was nice to appreciate the differences, both extremely tasty and tender. This was exactly what I had been dreaming of! I had entered beef heaven!

Keyakizaka Restaurant Review: Teppanyaki in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Keyakizaka Restaurant Review: Teppanyaki in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

I love cooking different styles of Asian cuisine and thus have perfected my fried rice. However, the way I cook fried rice is generally more of a Southeast Asian style, being spicier with a touch of sour. It was refreshing to have the fried rice at Keyakizaka which was more savory and rich, with beef, garlic and asparagus, which left me feeling warm and cozy. A great follow-up to such a great piece of meat! The rice came with miso soup and Japanese pickles.

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For dessert there was a strawberry flambé with vanilla ice cream. Yes, there was fire! Beautifully presented, very delicious and not overly sweet. I was very satisfied with my meal at a Keyakizaka Restaurant at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo. The bigger ticket items were all super tasty. The staff and the ambiance were also a plus. All in all I had a lovely evening at Keyakizaka Restaurant in Tokyo, Japan!

Recently I had a chance to visit the Keyakizaka Restaurant, inside of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo (read about my Grand Hyatt Tokyo stay here.) The restaurant offers a beautiful dining room with lots of seating but yet felt very intimate. From the moment I entered the door the…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 8.3
Value - 8
Feng Shui - 8.9
Convenience - 9
Service - 9.2

8.7

Beef me!

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Keyakizaka Restaurant

Restaurant

4th Floor Grand Hyatt Tokyo
6-10-3 Roppongi, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, Japan 106-0032

Phone: +81 3 4333 8782

 


Keyakizaka Restaurant Review: Teppanyaki in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Keyakizaka Restaurant Review: Teppanyaki in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Keyakizaka Restaurant Review: Teppanyaki in Tokyo Asia Blog Food Japan Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo

27 Jan 2019

Recently, I visited the Grand Hyatt Hotel in the Roppongi district of Minato, Tokyo. Roppongi features lots of high-end shopping, restaurants and a buzzing night life. The Grand Hyatt Tokyo is massive itself, with lots of food and beverage outlets and easily accessible from the Roppongi Metro Station.

 

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Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Upon arrival at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo I was ushered up to the Grand Club Lounge. After waiting a short while for my room to become ready, I stepped into my 1 King Bed, Club Access Room where I felt a sense of familiarity as I’ve visited lots of Hyatt properties. The design was timeless, professional but also comfortable making it an easy place to relax. The wooden accents gave the property a sense of luxury. From my room, the view of Tokyo Tower was fantastic and I liked the capsule coffee maker.

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Thanks for the welcome gifts Grand Hyatt Tokyo!

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

I appreciated the electronic window shades, and the comfortable bathroom with shower, Japanese electric toilet and bathtub.

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

On the fifth floor of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo are the gym, indoor pool and spa facilities. This is an area where this Grand Hyatt truly shined! The massive pool is the focal point of the floor with its chic design. The gym is just a flight of stairs above the pool with all the equipment you will need, not super expansive, but sufficient for most gym-goers.

I really loved the relaxation rooms which featured everything I could possibly want. Inside the locker rooms there was a hot bath, cold bath, dry sauna, massage chairs, and all the self-care products I needed. I rarely used my room’s bathroom because I enjoyed coming to the fifth floor so much.

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

On the 10th floor is the Grand Club Lounge which has both an extensive breakfast and evening cocktail and food offering. At times the lounge did get quite busy. I was impressed by all of the tasty food and how consistently good everything was. They do have soft drinks and snacks throughout the day but there is no designated afternoon tea time.

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

During my stay at the property I had a chance to have a meal at their Keyakizaka, Teppanyaki Restaurant which you can read about in a separate article. Let’s just say it was beef heaven!

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

During a tour of the property I had a chance to view the Presidential Suite and the Ambassador Suite. Both were massive and very pleasing to the eye which you can see from the photos. I look forward to staying in one of them next time! Wink.

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My visit to the Grand Hyatt in Tokyo, Japan was a delight. The whole stay went off without any major issues, smooth and delightful. My favorite features of the property were the spa facilities, dining outlets and Grand Club Lounge. When it’s all said and done, I can easily recommend you to stay at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo, Japan!

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Recently, I visited the Grand Hyatt Hotel in the Roppongi district of Minato, Tokyo. Roppongi features lots of high-end shopping, restaurants and a buzzing night life. The Grand Hyatt Tokyo is massive itself, with lots of food and beverage outlets and easily accessible from the Roppongi Metro Station.   Click…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 8.8
Value - 8.2
Feng Shui - 8
Convenience - 8.7
Service - 8.2

8.4

Delightful!

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Grand Hyatt Tokyo

Hotel

6-10-3 Roppongi, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, Japan, 106-0032

Phone: +81 03 4333 1234

 


Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Hotel Review: The Complete Package in Tokyo Asia Blog Hotels Japan Tokyo