a wonderful sushi-ya in Aoyama, on the second (and last) night in Tokyo we came to the neighborhood of Hiro-o near Roppongi for a dinner of tempura. This time during our short stint in Tokyo, I intended to try out places that we have never been before, and while I was doing my research of where to go, one place in particular caught my attention.
According to the latest Michelin Guide Tokyo (2015), Tempura Uchitsu shared the honor of being the top tempura restaurants with the legendary Kondo. However, the place didn't fare quite as well on Tabelog, a local online restaurant directory which to many (including myself), a more authoritative source in reviews. Its Tabelog rating of 3.5 (out of 5.0) was respectable but definitely nothing to write home about, unlike the 2 stars they got for a couple years in a row from the Michelin inspectors. With such discrepancy I was curious to find out who's right and more reflective of the quality of their food and dining experience.
But all being said, if you have tried the likes of Mikawa Zezankyo or Rakutei (which sadly has closed after the recent death of its owner/chef) and would want to check out something different, or if you prefer more than just tempura in a tempura restaurant, I would say Uchitsu is worth a try. To me our dinner was a good dining experience but I am not too sure about the 2 stars though - maybe the Michelin inspectors saw something that I failed to observe this time.
More pictures on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/g4gary/sets/72157651271794269/
When? March 27 2015
Where? Tempura Uchitsu, 1/F Hiroo 5-25-4, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
天てんぷら うち津 東京都渋谷区広尾5-25-4 宝ビル1階
Menu Highlights? Scallop Tempura
(Part of the Japan Rail Trip 2015 Series - a journey through the Tohoku region by rail in Spring 2015)