I chose this restaurant as I wanted to check out one of the more innovative restaurants in Tokyo. Unfortunately I cannot say Yonemura lived up to my expectations. I have also based my score on the expectations I have to a Michelin star restaurant.
The service was not impressive and below what could be expected on a such restaurant. Partly this could be excused by language skills, but in Japan I have felt far more welcome in places where the staff spoke no English at all. Except for one of the chefs who chatted a bit with us, the others barely smiled during our visit, which is quite unusual in Japan. The atmosphere in the restaurant was also a bit stiff.
Then to the food, which was not bad, but the good courses in the set menu were mostly good because of the product quality - foie gras and wagyu. The other courses were OK, but not memorable. The consomme, for example was good, but still fell short of a cheap ramen I ate at Gogyo in Kyoto. Unfortunately what I will remember the best from the visit was my first taste of sea urchin (sea urchin and octopus pasta), which has a very strong taste that could be compared to the smell of rotten sea when the tide is low, not to my taste.
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