Sunday, 25 March 2018

Kaishoku Michiba - Ginza, Tokyo

One of our most memorable meals in Tokyo during a trip my husband and I took in November 2016 was actually a place we randomly stumbled across. We were walking around in Ginza after feasting at the Tsukiji fish market and wandered into this building, saw the sign for Kaishoku Michiba and decided to try our luck for a lunch time spot. 

The restaurant is named after Rokusaburo Michiba or as you may know him as the Iron Chef for Japanese cuisine. Unfortunately we didn't spot the man himself at the restaurant during our lunch time visit. 

Luckily we went in quite early and they were able to squeeze us in, on the proviso that we were able to finish in an hour and a half. The restaurant was full by the time we were half way through our meal.

There's a number of menus to choose from for lunch; we opt for the smaller sets: the Sunsai-zen set at 4500 yen and the Goho-zen set at 3000 yen. The sets have a couple of courses in common such as the hors d'oeuvre platter; soup; main dishes; choice of rice or udon noodles; and dessert, however the Sunsai-zen set has a few extra items in between the soup and main dish. 

Hors d'oeuvre platter

The platter is a neat little seasonal selection of delicate starters, including grilled cheese aged in miso and saké lees; deep fried oyster flavoured with special sauce; fresh salmon roe of the season served with vinegar grated daikon; tender simmered herring with Arima sansho pepper; and sweet potato dressed with tofu cream sauce.

The next two dishes I'm not 100% sure on the details as they were part of my husband's set, and I was getting pretty full by this stage due to previously stuffing my face at the fish market. I believe the first dish is a medley of mushrooms and the second was an assortment of smaller sized plates, including sashimi and a braised beef and daikon.

Medley of mushrooms

Assorted dishes

Salmon gratin 

The creamy salmon gratin was served with shiitake, onion and cheese baked with special white miso bechamel sauce

Sanuki udon

The choice of rice or noodle dish comes at the end of the meal, just before desserts. For the menus we had, the choice was between Sanuki udon wheat noodles, served hot or cold, or steamed rice served with fragrant akadashi miso soup. 

I choose the Sanuki udon noodles served hot. The Sanuki udon is a type of udon noodle that is popular in the Shikoku region and is characterised by its square shape. 

Steamed rice with miso soup

Dessert of the day

The dessert of the day was the perfect way to cap off the meal, a delicate and silky smooth sweet potato pudding. 

I was very grateful that were lucky enough to have the opportunity to dine here given that we had no booking. The lunch set menus are great value compared to the more pricey dinner options. 

Kaishoku Michiba

Kanematsu Building
8F 6-9-9 Ginza, Chuo-ku
Tokyo 104-0061

Open 11:30am to 11pm (10pm on Sunday and public holidays)