My wife and I visited Ukai on the last night of a short holiday in Japan. I chose Ukai as it is a Michelin starred teppenyaki and I thought that I'd be unlikely to find a Michelin starred teppenyaki outside Japan.
We chose the a la carte options rather than the tasting menu because the previous night had been kaiseki and therefore we wanted something simpler rather than lots of courses. We also didn't see much point in having lots of non teppenyaki courses in a teppenyaki restaurant. We chose a sole, an abalone and two beef options. Against my better judgement my wife selected the most expensive steak on the menu. This was somewhat out of character as it is usual me that wants to blow out on food and she holds me back. However I think, on this occasion, she wasn't looking at the price list.
The food was well prepared but was very heavily salted. I was fine with this but my wife found it too much. As it turned out she also regretted her choice of steak. The expensive steak was really marbled and rich and she found it too rich. Even the cheaper steak was more heavily marbled than the best Kobe beef I had previously eaten (however apparently the Ukai beef was not actually Kobe).
The service was very pleasant. Our French waiter was very chatty and helpful. The ambiance was good with a great view over Tokyo.
The bill turned out to be our most expensive meal of the holiday at 60,000 yen for 2 (of which only about 4,000 was for alcohol). Whilst the Michelin starred teppenyaki was a novel idea I'm not sure I would do it again. It reminded me of a Michelin starred Indian restaurant experience in London. Some cuisines just don't really lend themselves well to Michelin starring. However, I'm glad we tried it once.
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