Review excerpt: The chef at Tokyo's Sonoji sources just about every ingredient he uses from the fertile sea, farms and uplands of Shizuoka Prefecture.

Review excerpt: There are plenty of simple side dishes to go with the drinks but Kikuya’s main calling card is tempura, cooked to order in front of your eyes. All the standards are present, plus winter specials such as snow crab, monkfish and cod ...

Reivew excerpt: Unusually, Chef Tsuneo Yokota's standard omakase (chef’s special) menu starts out with a simple green salad at Tempura Yokota, just enough to wake up your appetite and taste buds and to occupy you while the condiments are prepared: grated daikon to go ...

Review excerpt: Unsurprisingly, what you get at Tempura Endo Yasaka is mostly tempura. Endo’s take on the tempura canon includes a few standouts, particularly the tai (seabream), which was wrapped inside a perilla leaf and encrusted in fried batter. The shiitake mushroom comes wrapped ...

Mantenya might possibly be the weirdest -- and it could turn out to be the most memorable -- restaurant I've ever set foot in. When I say pocket-sized, I'm not exaggerating by much. There are three tables, two of which practically spill out the ...

Saotome was a "locavore" long before the word was ever coined. His guiding principle has always been to serve Edomae tempura -- using the kinds of seafood and vegetables that were available in the shogun's capital a century and a half ago. Everything he ...

Review excerpt: Tradition, craftsmanship, and understated refinement. These are attributes expected of any place serving traditional Japanese cuisine of a certain quality. When it comes to tempura, those same values are every bit as important. Among Tokyo’s specialist restaurants, Tempura Uoshin in Nishi-Azabu may not ...

Iseeya's tempura is hearty and substantial. The batter is applied in a thick layer; the oil is dark and strongly imbued with the rich aroma of sesame. This is how tempura was prepared in Edo times, when it was cooked and sold from street ...

Much of Hantei's claim to fame rests on the wonderful old building in which it is housed. Quite simply, it's a classic -- an immaculately preserved three-storied, turn-of-the-last-century town house, all jutting wooden beams and balconies. Its proud frontage is remarkable, even for the ...

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