RyuGin is an amazing restaurant - far from anything I have experienced before. They have two michelin stars and being very small, no need to say, reservations are a must.
There is a tasting menu, and also the option to order a la carte, but the tasting menu is the way to go. The chef Seiji Yamamoto prepares a Japanese cuisine that stands firmly in tradition, but still manages to implement a lot of modern techniques and innovative flavor combinations. The food is very interesting for a foreigner and the flavors, even if at times slightly under-seasoned for a westerner, are the essence of Japan. The ingredients they use are all top-notch and you can really feel it in the end product.
The dining room service is an school example of perfection. Waiters move in a ninja-like fashion and you hardly notice them at times.
The sake pairings with the food is also something extraordinary. And if you would like to know more about sake, ask the restaurant manager and sommelier, Arimasa, and he will gladly explain about this magic drink in a detailed fashion.
All in all a mind-blowing experience! But of course, being in Japan and eating at this level has its price...
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