Ginza is the glitzy face of Tokyo with gorgeous buildings like the Ginza Mitsukoshi and Wako Department Store’s Hattori clock tower built by the founder of Seiko. Iconic upscale shopping is one reason why Ginza attracts such an large crowd, but after dining at Kakiyasu this week, I’m convinced Ginza also has phenomenal food hidden in its many glamorous buildings. Kakiyasu 柿安 is a 140 years old traditional Japanese restaurant, renowned for its sukiyaki (すき焼き). If you love sweet and savory together, sukiyaki is the ultimate hot pot of comfort food–especially since Kakiyasu uses the highest grade of Matsusaka Beef (black haired Japanese wagyu).
With my cousin Joseph in town this weekend, I thought a traditional Japanese meal in an iconic Tokyo area should not be missed. Although Joseph could easily enjoy a ramen burger and an ice cold ginger ale for lunch, when in Tokyo do as classy Tokyoites do right?
Deciding to order not just the sukiyaki hot pot, but the entire Kakiyasu Gozen set (柿安御膳) was a delicious decision! Included in the set was the sukiyaki and an entire lunch affair with rice, sashimi, picked vegetables, and a variety of other seafood. At 3,800 yen, it really is a gorgeous fine-dining opportunity in the heart of Ginza.
Maybe it’s because I had good company (thanks Joseph for entertaining me with silly jokes and fantastic stories!), but Kakiyasu was by far the most delicious authentic Japanese meal I’ve had in Tokyo thus far. If you like sukiyaki, or would like to try this classic Japanese dish, you’ll love the Kakiyasu Gozen set. It really was a glamorous lunch affair–pair it with some umeshu (plum wine) like us, and I’d like to think we’re getting a glimpse of Ginza’s dining glamor 140 years ago.
Address // 7-9-15 GINZA gCUBE 7F, Chuo, Tokyo
Phone // 03-3289-3771
Website // http://www.kakiyasuhonten.co.jp/brand/1kakiyasu/index.html