[Tokyo] 1* Ginza Shinohara 銀座しのはら
Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ (5/5)
My first visit to Ginza Shinohara was actually in February earlier this year when it was ranked #1 out of all of Japan on Tabelog! Originally located in Shiga, the kaiseki restaurant relocated to Tokyo a few years ago and quickly became one of the hottest table in town (and consequently hard to book restaurant). Luckily I got to try thanks to try as part of the gourmet tour by TastyTrip and what an impressive meal it was. Half a year later, I found myself back at the counter and it was another fantastic meal with great food and fun atmosphere! Not only was the food creative with the utmost attention to plating, but the chef was super friendly as well and at some time everyone starting chatting with each other. Some kaiseki restaurants can be very sterile but it’s definitely not the case at Shinohara - no wonder the restaurant is already fully booked until May of next year.
I was intrigued when the chef started doing flower arrangements in the middle of the meal and then I realized it was for the Hassun: a dish which sets the seasonal theme with many small dishes - fig with sesame miso, kohada, ebi-imo, duck, salmon, edamame, tomato, tamagoyaki, and sweet potato.
Handroll with Maguro and Pickled Daikon
The grilled Suppon (soft-shelled turtle) has always been a highlight at Shinohara.
Gochisousama deshita ご馳走さまでした - until next time!
2-chome-8-17 Ginza Chuo City, Tokyo-to, Japan
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