Considered by some to be the best teppanyaki (iron grill) restaurant in Tokyo, Omotoesando Ukai Tei recreates the ambience of a 19th-century wealthy merchant home with marble floors, floor-to-ceiling panel paintings, antiques in glass display cases, and dark wood and upholstered furniture. City views can be seen through wall-sized windows or diners can watch their meal being prepared by white-jacketed chefs at the semi-circular open grill. Ukai-gyu beef (a meticulously fed black beef) is the house specialty, but seafood (including caviar-topped lobster cocktail) runs a close second, prepared in with Asian-European fusion techniques.
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From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
The glamorous Isetan department store’s <em>depachika</em> (basement food-floor) recently underwent a massive renovation, resulting in a gorgeous new array of food stands, chef’s counters and covetable ingredients. In addition to new outposts from celebrity chef Alain Ducasse and deluxe French cheese shop Marie-Anne Cantin, the floor now houses Omotenashi BAR, which serves <em>nihonshu</em> (the Japanese word for what Americans call sake) paired with small plates. The menu changes frequently and showcases dishes inspired by renowned Japanese restaurants.
We loved: Sake-friendly dishes based on specialties from , a restaurant in Kyoto.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.