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“The taste profile is extraordinary ”
Review of Ise Sueyoshi

Ise Sueyoshi
Ranked #1 of 189 Restaurants in Nishiazabu
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$53 - US$133
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Neighbourhood: Akasaka, Roppongi
Description: Ise Sueyoshi is a private Japanese restaurant in Tokyo. Placed between Roppongi and Hiroo. We serving traditional "Kaiseki"style Japanese cuisine with English guide. The owner trained in "Kikunoi" restaurant. After trained,spend a year in Tronto,Canada and trained around the world. Returning to Japan with a desire to 'disseminate Japanese cuisine as a part of this country's culture', he headed back to his native Mie to form connections with farmers and other producers. Blessed with the ample fruits of both the mountains and the sea, the prefecture has long been known as a treasure trove of foodstuffs. He finally opened his own place in 2015, focusing on ingredients from the ancient city of Ise. Kappo Ise Sueyoshi in the heart of Tokyo is ideal for enjoying the four seasons of Japan. Message from Merchant *RESERVATION ONLY (via Website) · Please refrain from using high school children. · Credit card required for reservation. ※ Credit available (VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners)
Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

This is a gem of a recommendation! It truly deserves to be no.1 on all the eatery lists.
It’s a small quaint place in an unassuming residential building. The lovely waitress was waiting outside the door for me which made it easier to identify the place.
Very friendly and approachable staff.
Welcome sake was sweet and crisp.
The chef and the rest of the staff were helpful and explained things in English. You get a little menu leaflet about Kaiseki cuisine course structure and the corresponding dishes for the night. Chef also dishes out a book of where he sourced his ingredients complete with his pictures with the local farmers/suppliers from Ise which is where the cuisine is based from.

First up is called Yememi-gusa (old name for Sakura): it consists of Sakura shrimps, Sakura sea bream, Sakura jelly and Brussels sprouts served in a martini glass- looks good and tastes good!

Second course the “Hassun” is a looker! Comes in a bento box and immaculately decorated with cutout butterflies and fresh flowers are butterflies of Chinese yam, rainbow carrots, boiled octopus, pickled avocado, boiled prawn and urui leaves! The taste combinations work just right!

3rd course is Mukou-zuke: sashimi of the day but mine was specifically grilled as per requested and the freshness of the fish really shone through - just dipping it with shoyu or salt and it melts in your mouth.
This course also comes with Kumano chicken, Irizake sauce and steamed wasabi stems.

Next is called Sakura-Mushi: a bowl of dashi broth within which sits a pickled Sakura leaf wrapped steamed fish seasoned with Domyouji powder. The dashi broth had a yuzu tinge to it too! And under the fish are some red rice. One of my favourites!

The next two are tempura fish followed by a sorbet of Nihime citrus which looks like an avocado but tastes like a punchy cousin of Yuzu. The tempura is light and crisp yet the fresh fish within retains its original texture!

Subsequently, this is my favorite savory dish of the night: Gusoku-ni ie boiled Ise-ebi lobster (only found in Ise Japan and they don’t have pincers!) with miso and wheat gluten cake! There is something sweet and crisp and golden about the taste pallet that this dish presents! You can’t describe it until you actually taste it. Lobster cooked perfectly!

After that, you get a clay pot worth of seasoned rice with Ise Sea bream and picked vegetables accompanied by red miso soup. Tastes great, generous portions so much so the leftover rice was made into onigiri and wrapped in bamboo leaves for me to take home for breakfast.

Dessert is crowned by this Matcha chocolate fondant. It comes in a soufflé pot and looks like crime brûlée but it is some matcha chocolate heaven you’re diving into. Match in general just tastes so much richer and cleaner in japan and the chocolate wasn’t too sweet, it lets the matcha in all its rich glory hero the dish. This is a must have!
The poor second dessert dish very quaintly served on a Sakura decorated porcelain square of Kuri-yokan chestnut and black bean jelly though lovely in itself has to settle as supporting cast in this category.

Finally, match tea of high caliber served in a small ceremony expertly tutored by head chef on how best to take the bowl and how to drink it and how best to express with loud last slurp/gulp to show your appreciation!

Just before the experience draws to a close, you get a picture taken with the chef and receives the said Polaroid in a thank you envelope with personalized message!
Chef then sees you off with the deepest of bows and I am ever so delighted and grateful for such an exquisite evening with Ise Sueyoshi!

Date of visit: March 2018
2  Thank Rachel C
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Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile

On our last night in Tokyo we wanted something special and memorable - we got just that. It was intimate and we had the full attention of the staff.

Chef Yuuki is very serious about his food and really wants to share a special insight into Ise where he is from in Mie prefecture. He even has a book he prepared which was fascinating.

Each dish has a story and has been prepared with that in mind. Yuuki has visited personally every producer he uses.

We loved the Ise lobster of course and the venison amazing. You really must take the matched sake for the best experience.

Booking is easy through an English language website which helps.

We can’t wait to return on our next visit to Tokyo.

Date of visit: March 2018
1  Thank scandude
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

Upon making a reservation the restaurant will contact you thought email asking if there are special requests or foods that should not be served. From there, the chef will create a menu based loosely on your requirements.

Finding the restaurant is a little difficult. The restaurant sign was smaller than expected and does not stand out very well. The Chef might be waiting downstairs when you arrive so keep an eye out for him if you having difficulty locating the restaurant.

It is a small restaurant with maybe 4-5 seats max. When you get comfy the chef will explain what a kaiseki dinner is and what you can expect. He will show you the menu and explain the structure and meaning. Be sure to ask any questions you want, and he will try to explain as best he can (he has very good english).

What stands out most is the ingredients that are used. Which is from the head Chef's home town of Ise. He also made a book showing the locations and people behind all the ingredients.

Overall it was a great experience and well worth a visit if you have never tried a kaiseki dinner before.

Date of visit: March 2018
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1  Thank ClishL
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

Head chef and their wife gave us a memorable experience eating Kaiseki cuisine. Talking about the ingredients and where they came from, the chef served us a variety of dishes from the region he was from.

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1  Thank Thomas L
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

We had Kaiseki cuisine with sake pairing and were very pleased. The food was very delicious and the sake pairing went well with it. Timing with the courses was also perfect. The staff was also very, very friendly.

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2  Thank Rainer K
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