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“Excellent Shabu Shabu Experience” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Nagatacho Kurosawa

Nagatacho Kurosawa
Ranked #41 of 6,821 Restaurants in Chiyoda
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $71 - $133
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Private Dining, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Neighborhood: Akasaka / Roppongi
Seattle, WA
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Excellent Shabu Shabu Experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2013

This place is a great treat (and by treat I mean excellent meal that will set you back quite a few Yen) with fantastic service in a traditional Japanese setting. I went with a group and we really enjoyed the whole shabu shabu experience in all its delicious simplicity. A must-do for Tokyo visitors.

Visited April 2013
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
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271 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
“Traditional Japanese experience!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2013

I was taken here for a business lunch and we had a pre-set soba meal. The restaurant is in a pretty little building, directly next to the offices of the prime minister and the house of representatives. Apparently this is a very popular restaurant for politicians and office celebrations. We had a private room with a sunken table and little cushions, and no shoes are permitted as you have to climb on the seats to sit in the table (that seems to be the set-up for the entire second floor). The meal was very unique- much of the mini-bites that we started with I could not recognize, but they were tasty and artfully presented. The highlight was the soba noodles,which you follow with a soup that you make using the water left after you boil the soba noodles (there was a carafe on the table that contains this water.) If such things hadn't been explained by my hosts I would have been a bit lost on how to properly eat this meal, but I'm sure a waiter would help an unsavvy guest.

Visited March 2013
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Singapore
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103 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Quite a treat”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

This was where we had our first meal on arrival in Tokyo, and also our last dinner before departing, so that says something for our experience. Lunch there was incidental. We had just checked into Capitol Hotel in Akasaka, and had asked the concierge for a recommendation. They pointed us to Nagatacho Kurosawa just across the 2-lane road from the hotel which suited us fine.

As with a lot of Japanese eateries, you could easily miss the entrance because signages are all so subtle, not helped in this case because it was in Japanese. But we found it all right, tucked in a charming inn-like structure which evoked old world Japan on the inside. That it was a restaurant named after famed movie director Akira Kurosawa was evident from the moment one entered because of the movie posters, postcards and memorabilia placed in the entrance foyer.

It was busy both times we were there, and was obviously a popular spot with the locals. This particular outlet was good for its soba, we were told, but perhaps because we did not know how to order, our set meal of homemade buckwheat soba tasted quite plain and no wonder, because later on checking their website, we found that it was described as soba in plain, hot soup! But because its menu did look interesting (like soba with bean curd skin sashimi), and also for the convenience factor we decided to go there again our last night in Tokyo, and this time we were not disappointed.

Between the 2 of us, we had an omakase meal, comprising about 7 different tasting portions of delicacies cooked in different ways, and the bean curd soba which we had eyed on our first visit. The bean curd soba was truly out of this world, and together with the omakase made for a most satisfying evening. We were glad we chose to come here again on our last night in Tokyo. It is worth a visit.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Smithtown, New York
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78 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Fun atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2012

I was in Tokyo recently for work, and was brought here by my hosts. I am a huge fan of Akira Kurosawa's films, and this restaurant has some movie memorabilia and original artwork of his.

The atmosphere is very traditional Japanese, and I felt transported to a different era. The food was very good, consisting of a hot pot (Shabu Shabu) that allows you to prepare you own serving in a communal pot of broth.

It made for a very enjoyable evening.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Fort Worth, TX
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great Soba!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2011

We dined here while staying at the Capitol Hotel. It was our best meal in Tokyo. The atmosphere was a lot of fun and the soba noodles were delicious!

Visited November 2011
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