Recent trip to Tokyo.
Do not miss:
Sushi Namba (a quick train ride from Central Tokyo--and most definitely worth the travel). Over the top excellent.
Ishikawa-still incredible (and we were there on a night when Ishikawa-san was away. If I didn't know, I wouldn't have suspected.
Sushi Yoshitake (counter only-don't go if you can't get that. There's another 'rabbit warren' space somewhere in the back where they put--I think--up to 4 diners). Thankfully I've not had that experience.I actively crave his abalone with abalone liver sauce.
Very, very good--
Sushisho Masa-an excellent variety of items. Also numerous fish/shellfish served two ways. Makes you appreciate how different the same item can be with a subtle tweak to how it is 'dressed'. (and also excellent if having a staff that speaks English is important to you). Also everyone goes out of their way to make sure to answer any questions you may have.
Crony-Modern French. Very new. Got the chops to be an 'impossible to book' restaurant sooner than later. HT to Orik and Sivan for telling me about it. Hopefully he'll post about their experiences there. I look forward to going back to see how they progress.
Good to very good:
Sushiya. This was my third visit. And they went out of their way to make sure I felt appreciated as a 'regular' customer. They may not have the finesse/trappings of the Michelin spots. But it is well worth a visit. A good variety of fish and Ishiyama-san and his staff go out of their way to accommodate. A party of 4 showed up 30 minutes late. Most places would've refused them. He didn't. 2 of the 4 proceeded to give a laundry list of what they couldn't eat (crab, shrimp any other shellfish, eel, uni...and more). He asked what they 'could' eat, and proceeded from there. Lots of toro served . I'd liked to have seen what their final bill was ). Much, much better than my final meal mentioned below at a Michelin joint.
I needed a spot for lunch on the day of my departure. There was scant availability--and nothing from my list of 'wanted possibilities'. I went with Sushi Masuda. A 2* Michelin spot. The chef worked for Jiro. And it shows in the time of the meal--in and out in 38 minutes...220JPY lighter . Sushiya beat this 2* by miles.
Also had cocktails at Gen Yamamoto. Highly seasonal, low alcohol cocktails. The drinks were quite nice. In the past they could veer to being too sweet. Now the drinks basically depend on the fruit / vegetables used for the sugar content. Unfortunately the visit was 'marred' by two couple who were in the 'bar industry' that tried to one up each other through the whole visit. I had to actively work at not uttering the phrase 'douche bags' many times over the course of the almost 90 minute tasting...
Already looking forward to my next trip to Tokyo.