This was our second day in Tokyo. The hostess at kanetanaka the night before recommended Chikuyo-Tei when i asked her for a good Unagi (Freshwater eel, a japanese summer favorite) restaurant, and since the Michelin Tokyo 2009 guide gave it a star i thought we would try it out.
Chikuyo-Tei is located in Ginza. It has been located in this building since 1924, althought the restaurant itself dates several decades earlier, with the current owner being the 7th generation owner.
There was quite a striking contrast between this building and the surrounding highrises of the Ginza district. One of Tokyo's many charms is how it manages to blend its strong historic legacy with ultra-modern buildings that put Dubai (the city that i reside in) to shame.
The interior of the restaurant was very simple, and the room that we were led to had just four tables, although they do have private rooms available.
Onto the food! The sidedish was a clear soup made with the Unagi liver, accompanied by some pickles.
The soup was very light, it was very simple in true Japanese fashion.
Onto the Broiled Unagi. This was the large portion (choices are large or regular). The Unagi was very moist and smoky in flavor. The juices from the Unagi, along with the basting sauce coated the rice transforming it into a delicious glutinous rice-unagi mix.
The Lunch menu cost around 2,700 JPY per person (29 USD) if i remember correctly, no tips ofcourse as is customary in Japan.
The service was fast which was convenient as this was a lunch meal and we had a lot of exploring to do, and the food was great.. All for a reasonable price.