Top-grade tempura from a famous Ginza-based shop. Full-course dinnertime menus from Y3500; lunch from Y1800.
Dogenzaka 2-24-1, Tokyu Honten 8F. Open 11am-10pm. Closed Tuesdays.
(Azabu-Juban - Tempura). 3456-2406
The excellent tempura here uses the freshest seafood and some unusual vegetable choices like lily buds and peanuts. Full-course dinner from Y5000; a la carte is also available.
Azabu-Juban 2-21-10, Azabu Court 1F. Open 5:30-8pm. Closed Wednesdays.
(Akasaka - Tempura). 3585-3743
The decor is austere and the mood is subdued at this exclusive twelve-seat tempura counter. All the energy is focused on the tempura, which is world class. The chef and his assistant stick to basics, with top-quality seasonal ingredients lightly fried and served with either lemon, plain salt or a simple dipping sauce. Prix-fixe menus are Y10,500 or Y12,600, with optional sashimi starter course for Y4,200. The drinks list offers a choice of several good sakes (Kubota Manju is Y2000/1-go) or French wines. Some English spoken.
A long-running, well-regarded tempura shops; lunch from Y7000, dinner from Y10,000.
Ginza 6-6-5. Open 11:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.