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“Japanese time- machine” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kikko

Kikko
2-2-12 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture 111-0032, Japan
+81 3-5828-8833
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Ranked #4 of 2,143 restaurants in Taito
Cuisines: Japanese
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Winchester, KY
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55 restaurant reviews
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“Japanese time- machine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

After struggling through the throngs of locals doing their New Years pilgrimage to nearby Sensoji shrine my daughter and I found our way to this little oasis. Once you cross the threshold of this centuries old farmhouse,which was relocated from Gifu prefecture, you are quickly transported back to a Japan of the pre-Meiji restoration.The warm welcome from the owner and his staff, the wonderful presentation of what Lisa called the " Mother of all bento boxes", and the phenomenal shamisen performance all combined for a very memorable experience. Go at lunch when it is a relative bargain at around $35. Similar kaiseki meals in the city will cost twice as much and won't make you feel like you visited a close friend's home. Direction's can be found in the Frommer's Tokyo edition.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
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“Great atmosphere but less great food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2011

Found this place through Fommer's, where it is called Waentei-Kikko and listed as a "find". Though very close to one of Japan's largest tourist attractions, it was not overrun with tourists. Fommer's touted this place for its atmosphere, which was great. It has tables set in the floor and you must take off your shoes to get to them. Also during the meal there was a live performance on a traditional Japanese guitar. While feeling local, it was still easy for us as there was an English menu and the owners spoke decent English and were patient with our questions. We were there for lunch which is a bento box. The exact bento set varies daily, but was very fish based while were were there- sashimi, a couple different types of cooked fish, and some smoked salmon, as well as clam miso and a large snail. While beautifully served, we did not find the food particularly tasty. Other than the sashimi we didn't like any of the dishes, much of it tasted overly fishy and the snail was really hard to get down. In their defense, we are Americans and are not used to many of the tastes of Japanese food, though this is the single meal we had during our trip that we did not enjoy.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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