Mizuna and aburaage. This is warm.
Tai(Sea bream) Nyumen. Nyumen is hot soumen.
Tai chatsuke(rice in tea broth).
3500yen lunch including a two-layered bento, Tai Chatuske, two side dishes and a dessert. You can order the bento and Tai Chatsuke on its own for 2500yen and 1500yen respectively. Reservation is absolutely necessary – you need to decide what to order when you reserve. There are about 10 counter seats(where we sat), and a few private rooms inside. The counter seats are a bit cramped and I couldn’t see much of what the chef was doing anyway so the private rooms might be a better idea. When we arrived at around 12 noon, the first round of customers were just leaving…which means that they must have started around 11:30am when the restaurant just opened and finished in 30 mins? Maybe they just had the Tai-chatsuke. The restaurant was fully booked from 12 and when we were leaving at around 2pm, the third round of customers started to come….seems like the rather obscure location doesn’t dampen its popularity.
The food is absolutely delicious. Surprisingly strong seasoning for its Kyoto origin – but not overly strong. The highlight is definitely the Tai Chatsuke. First you eat some rice with the tai sashimi and the sesame seed sauce(made with nuts too), and then you pour the tea to make chatsuke. The sesame seed sauce is quite salty so pour a bit at a time. The thick slices of Tai are fresh and delicious to be eaten as sashimi, but when they are slightly cooked by the hot tea and eaten with rice and the sauce, they are even more heavenly. Rice is refillable.
銀座 あさみ(Ginza Asami)
Add: 8-16-6 Ginza, Chuo-ku (closer to Shinbashi or Shiodome)