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Minokichi: Ikebukuro 美濃吉 Traditional Japanese / Ikebukuro

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Ryan


  • Minokichi: Ikebukuro
  • (2007-07-03)
  • Traditional Japanese meets western heights. Minokichi is an extremely formal Japanese restaurant located on the 15th floor of a skyscraper. They exquisitely mesh the two together so when you are eating in your tatami room, you can look out through the window if you want onto the city below. All the waitresses wear kimonos and are very deliberate and graceful in all that they do. Walking to our room without shoes, we took them off at the entrance, there was a beautiful Zen rock garden and a few paintings along the way. Our room was splendid; a sunken table that allowed us to sit properly on the floor, an alcove with a gorgeous kanji scroll and flower arrangement. When the waitress opened the sliding door to reveal the city, I was simply taken aback by how pretty it was. Out in front of the restaurant is a glass case with the few different courses that you can order from. You don’t necessarily order each item, but the whole course. I know we ordered tsuki which cost 7,350 yen and since we were in a private room, we had to pay an extra 15%. There are also not private rooms that have actual chairs and tables, but we wanted the true experience so we had a private room. Reservations are a must at this restaurant because it is very famous and rather expensive. We were brought out our food in several separate courses and each time after we finished one, the waitress would come in, clear the plates and give us something new. There is a list of everything that you are getting on the tray, but I could not read it so I am unable to recall everything that was served. However, one of my favorite dishes was when she brought out the fish. They came out skewered through the mouth with sticks and placed in a pot. It is an entire small fish cooked, and you eat all of him. You just look him in the eye and bite his head off. Each course is something different and all of them were expertly cooked and were simply exquisite. For the best and most traditional meal you can eat, Minokichi is a must.
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