I'm an American and my wife is Japanese. I've lived in Tokyo for 17 years. Christmas Eve is a special day in Japan so I picked Waketokuyama to have our Xmas Eve family dinner with my 84 year old mother-in-law. What a special evening we had. After a little mix up on our reservation, we were seated up stairs at a table since my 9yr old son was with us. If you can sit at the counter so you can watch the chefs prepare the food and you can chit chat with them. If you have children then ask in advance for a kid's set. I would say although kids are welcome it's not a place if your kids are the restless type.
My mother-in-law has always pointed out the finer things in Japan and she was very impressed with everything at this restaurant. She must have said "oishii" delicious 100x's during the meal. The food is not "kaiseki" but it is Japanese with a great mix of raw fresh seafood, cooked meats, and soups. Very hard to discribe the food but it is served in an incredible way; very unique, very pleasing to the eyes, nose, and of course taste buds. They make a special rice that is out of this world, so fresh and flavorful. They'll make it fresh for you in copious amounts and pack what you don't finish to take home if you wish. We had Hakaisan sake with our meal; Waketokuyama has a special tie-up with Hakaisan and they have with their own bottle. It was delicious.
It's a high-end restaurant and the price was high-end but reasonable not a surprise like you sometimes get. I actually found the sake to be a lot more value compared to the wines I normally order when fine dining.
My cousin is in town and we are going here again in 3 days. Can't wait!
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