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PRICE RANGE
$23 - $39
CUISINES
Japanese
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Lunch, Dinner

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Odaiba / Shiodome / Shinbashi
0.1 miles from Tokyo Tower
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Iwajiro Kanemoto founded this restaurant at the end of the Edo period; 5th-generation Kanejiro Kanemoto keeps alive the family culinary legacy. Edo-sty...
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One MICHELIN Star: High quality cooking, worth a stop!
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Reviewed February 11, 2020

Truly special restaurant. All the eel dishes were amazing. I especially loved the eel wrapped in egg. We had a private room and the service was impeccable. Highly recommended!

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed October 7, 2019 via mobile

one of the oldest Unagi restaurant in Tokyo, supposedly it's a family restaurant that is over 100 years old, handed down 3 generations. the building retained its historical outlook although its been refurbished. Much of the interior is still traditional Japanese style and very much...wooden. we were lucky that our colleague got us a table as the restaurant closes early. they gladly took out orders and we went for the classic must have - Unagi rice. the menu is limited, more of choosing which style. the unagi looks a bit pale in comparison to the the others that I have tried. the taste is flavorful despite the paler colour, perhaps the sauce used is less intense. the Unagi is still grilled to a nice crisp. I still prefer a sweeter grill but i must say this traditional family legacy is still a must try.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 24, 2019 via mobile

Domesticated natural eel, good but there is certainly better for similar price. Eel is delicately grilled but I much prefer the Nagoya version “hitsumabushi”. Unaju and eel courses run from 3k- 7k Yen which are comparable to other places. It’s a charming 3 stores old...building and service by middle age ladies in kimonos whom are all very charming. Good food and nice atmosphere but the Michelin star is a tad overrated.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 20, 2019 via mobile

Enjoyed my visit to this Michelin 1-star restaurant. You can see Tokyo Tower across the street. Inside the restaurant, the seating is a bit tight, but the service is good. We both ordered grilled eel, and it was very tasty.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed February 23, 2019 via mobile

Terrible experience! There was hair in the unagi! Don’t deserve the star! Very disappointed! Don’t go!

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed December 17, 2018 via mobile

Went to the main restaurant and it was full. They then asked a waiter to take us to the annex. For ¥5-6,000 a lunch set, I expected more. Service was decent but not extraordinary. Wait staff seemed to give more attention to Japanese customers than...tourists who ask for English menu. The unagi was tender and well prepared. Perhaps I'm more used to the eel having more bite in texture, Nodaiwa's version is lighter and more tender - probably how high quality unagi is supposed to taste?More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed September 29, 2018 via mobile

As recommended by 蔡瀾 (one of the ex judges from Iron Chef Japan),this was one of our highly anticipated meals of our Tokyo trip. The restaurant has a lot of history. We arrived early but was seated immediately. First course was eel gello and it...was amazing. Second course was grilled unsalted eel and salt was provided for dipping. Third course was rice and grilled eel with soy sauce. Both the 2nd and 3rd courses were very tender and cooked to perfection. We still prefer the hitsumabushi from Nagoya but this is something different offered in Tokyo. Interestingly all of the guests on the third floor were foreigners like us, and first and second floor were mostly local Japanese. Many thanks to a friend who helped us to book this place! I tried calling them a month in advance in Japanese but they wanted our hotel to make a reservation. .More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

It wasn’t much of a surprise how good this was as it was highly recommended by Japanese colleagues but the Onagu was absolutely mouthwatering, delicate and tasty. This becomes swiftly a new favourite to visit but beware it is busy so get there early or...try to reserve.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed August 31, 2018 via mobile

Service is helpful and straightforward. Inside is definitely cozy. The eel is decent but not mind-blowing the way it had been hyped.

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed August 13, 2018

Really enjoyed the food and service here. A bit pricey but well worth it. I went with the most expensive combo choice, delicious!

Date of visit: October 2017
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Reviewed May 29, 2018 via mobile

The moment we entered the restaurant, we stepped back years in time. Waitresses in Kimono led us to a tatami room on the 3rd floor and the ambience was nostalgic. We ordered the Unagiju course with Shirayaki which is grilled eel without source. Since the...eel was prepared upon ordered, there was a bit of a wait. The Shirayaki was served first and it was surprisingly flavorful even without any seasoning. There were salt, soy source and wasabi but we considered that it was best to enjoy without adding anything. The unagi rice with source was also delicious but we like the one without source more. We arrived the restaurant at 1:00pm on a Friday without reservation and there was no wait. We were asked by the young hostess if we would like to dine at the annex where we believed was nearby. We asked if the restaurant was already closed and we were offered a table upstair. We thought may be we arrived near the closing time which was 1:30pm, so they tried to direct us to an alternative venue. However, some Japanese customers arrived 10 minutes after us and they were still being seated, so we did not understand why. Other than this, service throughout the meal was very good and they have English menu for foreign customers.More

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

I'm lucky enough to be in Tokyo during the season of wild unagi (April to December). We both ordered a kabayaki unagi rice in a lacquer box which came with a clear soup with unagi liver and Japanese pickles. We also ordered a shirayaki unagi...to share. I specifically asked for wild unagi. We waited for about half an hour before our food arrived. The unagi wasn't as meaty as that which I'd eaten in Japan. But it tasted sweeter with a nice texture. I can't decide whether shirayaki or kabayaki was better. While shirayaki brought out the natural and full flavour of the unagi, the sauce used in kabayaki made the unagi very delicious too. I loved both styles. Being one of the 3 gods of traditional Japanese cuisine (god of sushi, god of tempura and god of unagi), our meal in Nodaiwa certainly didn't come cheap (around 19,000 yen). But I would say the food was well worth the taxis fare from our hotel, the wait and the price. Although there're 3 other Nodaiwa branches in Tokyo, I highly recommend the main shop. I asked my hotel concierge to book for lunch about 2 months ago but it's already full. Fortunately, my hotel concierge told me that we could walk in and that's what we did. We arrived at about 13:15 and waited for about 10 minutes before we got seated in a private room (all to ourselves) on the second floor. So, if you plan to walk in, I suggest you arrive at 11:00 (the opening time) or some time before 13:30 (the latest time for entry) to avoid waiting for too long.More

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed April 23, 2018

Arrived the restaurant very early so had few minutes wait in the waiting area! It was a very cozy place. The restaurant with a very classic decoration. I had a set course that I could taste two different types of the eel. Each detail was...so delicate. The steamed egg was amazing. Surprisingly, the original eel without sauce was quite delicious either with salt or wasabi. The one thing that really bothers was the guests next table, they were pretty loud....More

Date of visit: March 2018
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Reviewed April 10, 2018 via mobile

100%…From environment, atmosphere, service to the most important food quality. Serves natural eels in season and cultured ones off season. Their eels were so deliciously cooked and is the best one I’ve ever had.

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed March 24, 2018

Love unagi don and have it regularly in japanese restaurants. This restaurant specializes it but we were disappointed: there wasn't much sauce hence taste.

Date of visit: March 2018
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