Matsumoto Eiraku

Kitashinchi really only comes alive at night, but some restaurants there still do great lunch deals. Matsumoto stands out among them. The lunch menu is comprehensive, starting at ¥1,600 for a basic dish and hitting ¥5,300 for a mini course, which is what I opted for. As with most kappo-style (counter style) restaurants, the menu doesn't give much away — the details are in the dish — and the chef explains each course. The chef who guided us through lunch says he has been working for owner-chef Genzo Matusumoto for the past 20 years.