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“Want some Zen?” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tokyo Shiba Tofuya Ukai

Tokyo Shiba Tofuya Ukai
4-4-13 Shibakoen, Minato 105-0011, Tokyo Prefecture (Odaiba / Shiodome / Shinbashi)
+81 3-3436-1028
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Ranked #9 of 6,758 Restaurants in Minato
Price range: $47 - $111
Cuisines: Japanese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Odaiba / Shiodome / Shinbashi
Tokyo, Japan
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“Want some Zen?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014 via mobile

I frequently visit the Ukaitei Tofu Restaurant in Shiba. It's a pleasant outlet to get out of Tokyo while your in it.....located so centrally, it's easy to access, has parking, is beautiful and peaceful and the food and wine selection is great. It's slightly expensive, but your dollars well spent. You'll always remember the experience and want more. It's foreigner friendly and a must go.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Tokyo, Japan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Fabulous food in a very nice environment”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Very nice restaurant with excellent japanese food. Surrounded by a nice japanese garden. 本当に美味しかった料理があります。

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Tokyo, Japan
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“Excellent architecture and garden”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

This restaurant is located next to Tokyo tower in urban area.
However, once you arrive at the restaurant, you cannot but say Wow to see the spectacular garden.When you get in the building,you would say Wow again.
You can enjoy authentic Japanese dishes in traditional Japanese style room.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Truely Japanese experience and for special occasions”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

After a traditional Japanese wedding we chose this place for our wedding dinner and did a perfect choice. The setting is wonderful with ponds and gardens and somehow shielded from the public the huge and crowded city.

For Western visitors who come without Japanese company this place may be difficult due to communication / language problems and a part of the Japanese hospitality feeling will be less enjoyable. Additionally an advance reservation is highly recommended.

The food is very exquisite and of course: This is a Tofu-Restaurant and therefore Tofu and Yuba will be a central part of all these fine dishes.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great Japanese Restaurant Experience in the Center of Tokyo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

We were on a cruise making a stop in Tokyo. Since we have been to Tokyo several times before we just wanted to have a nice Japanese meal in a fine Tokyo restaurant that was opened on a Sunday. We selected TofuYa Ukai, which we had heard of it before but this was our first time there. We selected this place because its excellent reputation, also it was located next to the Tokyo Tower and it was opened on Sunday afternoon when we wanted to go. We had secured from the Japanese travel officials aboard the ship notes written in Japanese telling the taxi drivers where to take us to and from the restaurant and the Tower. On Sundays they took reservations for 12 Noon or 2:00 PM, we opted for 12 since we needed to get back to the ship by late afternoon. The restaurant setting is beautiful and it relives the culture and architecture of the Edo period. The raven of rooms are built nestled on a 70,000+ sq. ft. Japanese garden with ponds, beautiful colorful Koi fish, etc. Once in the restaurant you forget that you are in the center of Tokyo surrounded by modern skyscrapers. Upon arrival a woman dressed like a geisha took us to a private room overlooking the garden and one of the ponds. The place has low ceiling and lots of steps up and down, also everywhere there are beautiful flower and vegetable arrangements. The room was beautifully appointed and had a low table in the center of it with sit backs and pillows, fortunately the space below the table was hollowed so we could sit on the pillows and let the legs hand below the table, which for us was more comfortable than just seating on the floor. She spoke very little English and we spoke no Japanese but we managed. We had to take the shoe off before stepping into the room. Once seated we ordered beers.

We were given the extensive menus and the geisha tried to explain the options without much success so we asked very politely if there was someone that spoke more English and she sent another geisha-type who spoke perfect English. There were 4 "set menus" to choose from at 4 different prices and we could each pick a different one if we wanted. Two of us picked the one called Yuki which had 9 courses including Kobe-like meat; the other two opted for the Tsuki also 9 courses but offered fish instead of meat, otherwise both menus were almost identical with the exception of the assorted sashimi which the Yuki was suppose to be slightly better that the Tsuki, we could not tell the difference other than the presentation.

The Tsuki, offered Sillago an edible chrysanthemum with wasabi dressing, garland chrysanthemum dressed with walnut sauce – Mackerel sushi – Deep fried tofu with sweet miso sauce – hot soup with pike conger & "matsutake" mushrooms – assorted sashimi – fried scallop covered rice-cracker & taro - tofu in seasoned soy milk – grilled tilefish – steam rice chicken and burdock – milk jelly & fruits. The Yuki menu was identical to the Tsuki with the exception of Yuki did not have grilled tilefish it had charcoal-grilled beef. By the end of the meal we were all full even if all the portions were small. What really impressed us was the beautiful presentation of each dish on different china and how the geisha brought all the different dishes, utensils, etc. for each course, the beef course required something like a hibachi and she brought that in too. She also took off her shoes and knelt to serve us every time she came in. We ended the meal at about 2:00 PM. As we left the building we exited passing by the main lobby and the place was packed with mostly well dressed Japanese families many with children waiting for the 2:00 PM seating, obviously it is a very popular place for locals since we were the only Westerners that we saw there.

All in all a wonderful experience in a place that we all would go back too since there is enough variety that one would not have to repeat the same meal.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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