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“An ordinary culinary experience at a very ugly price”

Mon cher ton ton Shinjuku
Ranked #48 of 9,760 Restaurants in Shinjuku
Price range: $0 - $2
Cuisines: Japanese
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Akabane / Itabashi
Reviewed January 29, 2014

It is time for Shah to inject a dose of reality into this forum. For sure, the food at this place is very good. But keep in mind that you are having excellent Japanese quality beef cooked in Tepanyaki style. In that context, this place is not creating anything out of the ordinary that cannot be found in many other similar establishments.

What sets this restaurant apart, however, is that it is on the 52nd floor. The views are obviously breathtaking, and you see this when you are seated at the bar before being taken to your table. And this is where the breathtaking view ends for most people. You are now – for the next hour or so – looking at an exhaust chimney (a very nice looking one, mind you) as you are seated in one of the semi-circular Tepanyaki tables. You will get to enjoy the view again but only if you opt for the all-inclusive package that includes dessert (which is served at the bar).

It seems that some people get carried away with their reviews, so let Shah give you the full poop on this. If you wish to spend a very ugly amount of money for food that you can get anywhere else at the same quality, then this will be a five-star experience for you, though please don't write a five-star review and mislead other people. Exactly the same food can be had for one-third the price at so many other places in and around Tokyo.

Shah Rukh says: For the amount of money you can spend in one evening here, you can take the train to Kobe and have gobs of choices giving you the same quality or better in terms of food. Not only will you have the bullet train experience but also the bragging rights of having had Kobe beef in Kobe.

Shah Rukh's tip: When making reservations, insist on one of the few tables that actually do give you a window to look out of. Otherwise you are being misled on the "fantastic view".

Complimentary extra tip: If you still want to try this place but don't want to spend two hundred dollars on the full package per person, you can go for just the Kobe beef separately or even the sirloin beef; most people won't be able to tell the difference. The foie gras is really good and can be ordered separately.

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10  Thank Shah_Rukh_2007
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

On the 52nd floor with amazing views.
We treated my nephew and he said it was the best food he had ever eaten.
We went for the Kobe beef and had the set menu.
- 5 mini starters including an oyster, crab salad, bamboo tempura, fabulous piece of cod and beef sushi.
- sashimi
- then the main course, heated water in the centre of the table, and the thinest slices of kobi, which were sensational when cooked for seconds in the water and dipped into one of the three sauces. Many vegetables and noodles followed.
- dessert of melon and black sesame seed pudding.
An incredible meal.

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Reviewed October 23, 2013

Fantastic restaurant with amazing views. Personal chef (for you, not a group) is warm and friendly, but without any of the theatre seen in Western style Teppanyaki restaurants. Service was smooth, warm and efficient. A great night capped off by dessert at the bar overlooking Tokyo lights

Expensive, but well worth it

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1  Thank Seanster
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Reviewed September 24, 2013 via mobile

We reserved, but on arrival there was waiting and phone calls and faffing. We asked if we could have a drink at the bar as it seemed our table wasn't ready. That seemed a good idea to them so we were taken to the bar which has a marvellous twinkling panorama of Tokyo. The bar man needed encouraging as he was busy with the ice cream !! We were in no hurry but suddenly they wanted to seat us and as we were to be on a counter, backs to the view, we thought we would wait a few minutes at the bar. It became apparent to us that the main part of the meal is made at the counter and dessert is served at the bar so all guests can enjoy the lights and view.
The chef spoke sufficient English to chat and explain what he was doing. He kindly cooked my wife's sushi (tuna) as she dislikes anything raw. It was an exceptional evening as far as entertainment goes, everything was fresh and cooked in front of us. We were able to enjoy good wines to compliment the dishes, and watch the spectacle as we ate.
Would strongly recommend this as the best meal we enjoyed in Tokyo.

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1  Thank AlexandriaSion
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

Expensive, but worth it. The best teppanyaki restaurant I have been to, great food, exceptional service.

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