We were in the Shinjuku area looking for a place to eat. It seemed that for such a busy area of Tokyo the food options there were very limited. Most places were skewed towards drinking holes, albeit posh or quite respectable-looking ones. We settled on Kurumaya because it was the closest nice place to where we were at the time. The storefront displayed a variety of food on offer - grilled yakitori, sushi, sukiyaki, etc. We actually headed for the cheaper yakitori spot of Kurumaya in the basement level but were disappointed to find the place full at dinner, so we had to move to the more expensive a la carte dining area on the second floor. Boy, was that a mistake.
The food we had consisted of yakitori, tempura, sushi, etc. You know, all the Japanese cuisine staples. Nothing that came out was particularly filling or tasty. At the final price of nearly 20,000 yen with sake for five persons, I thought it was really bad value for money.
The sole bright spot for me was the excellent service with a smile. The staff even placed a napkin beneath my bag when I placed it under the table. Everyone was so attentive and pleasant to interact with.
Kurumaya is not recommended if you are on a budget in the Shinjuku area. Maybe a better advice altogether is to avoid eating there and go find somewhere cheaper and better in other suburbs.
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