We are sad to hear that in Kyoto’s Nishiki Market, that the Yaoya no Nikai restaurant above the Kanematsu vegetable shop has closed. Nearby is a similar restaurant serving meals based on Kyoto vegetables, Kyo no Okazu.
Here is a PDF food-sake-tokyo-updates-20170221 of the most current updates to Food Sake Tokyo. Please print for your next trip to Japan.
Attached, please find the updates to my book, Food Sake Tokyo. The bottom link is a PDF to the complete updates.
Ginza Harutaka has moved to Ginza 8-3-1, Ginza Tokiden 6F.
Ivan Orkin has closed both of his shops in Tokyo and focusing his energy on projects in New York City. We look forward to the day when Ivan is back in Tokyo with another Ivan Ramen and wish him the best in NYC. The updates below are current as of 6 March, 2016.
Please print the Food Sake Tokyo Updates 20160306.
Ito-ya Ginza has reopened its original store. That and other updates to Food Sake Tokyo on the PDF below. Please print and bring with your copy of Food Sake Tokyo. Current as of 6 July 2015.
Food Sake Tokyo Updates 20150706
Food Sake Tokyo Updates 20150105. Please print and bring with a copy of Food Sake Tokyo.
Current as of 5 January 2015.
Sad news came to Tokyoites on the news last night as video footage of a fire at the historic Kanda Yabu Soba. News reports that no one was injured in the fire. The fire started last night during dinner service. One of the restaurant employees smelled smoke and the restaurant was quickly evacuated.
What I will miss about the restaurant besides the soba is the okamisan (female proprietor) who would sing out each order. This singing is a tradition that has been passed down. It is something that I have only seen (I should say heard) at Kanda Yabu Soba.
UPDATE: On the 20th of February, the day after the fire, a Kanda Yabu Soba spokesperson said on NHK news that they hope to reopen the restaurant in about six months’ time. They ask for the support of their customers if they reopen. We all have our fingers crossed.
Food Sake Tokyo Updates 20130220 includes all updates to my book, Food Sake Tokyo, including Kanda Yabu Soba (page 111).
Chef Yumiko Kano’s Nakaiseki Sen has closed. She has moved locations and focusing her energy on her cooking school. Classes are in Japanese only. I recently attended a class here and learned so much about cooking with Japanese vegetables. Definitely worth visiting if you speak Japanese. Her website is below (Japanese only).
Kiya Knife Shop 木屋 *Note – this is the NEW address for Kiya Nihonbashi
Nihonbashi-Muromachi 2-2-1 中央区日本橋室町 2-2-1
Chuo-Ku Tokyo Coredo-Muromachi. 1F
10am – 8pm seven days a week
Closed only on New Year’s Day.
The corner shop, opened in 1792, has a sign in English, “World’s Finest Cutlery” over the door. The compact shop displays a shining collection of knives, pots, pans, and many things for the kitchen. Here you will find graters, pepper grinders, tweezers for pulling bones out of fish, as well as scissors and gardening tools. The friendly staff is patient and will help you to find exactly what you are looking for.
Some updates to my book, Food Sake Tokyo:
New Castle Curry in Ginza has closed.
Hasegawa Saketen in Azabu-Juban has moved to a new location around the corner. The new address is Azabu-Juban 2-2-7.
In Food Sake Tokyo on page 182 I have listed Ginza Fukumitsuya (Chuo-ku, Ginza 5-5-8) as a sake shop worth checking out. Unfortunately they have closed their doors as of July 31, 2011.
It is so sad to see special shops like this shut their doors.
FYI, the other shop listed in Food Sake Tokyo that has also closed since going to print is Nebariya (Shibuya-ku, Hatagaya 2-48-2), a restaurant specializing in natto on page 75.