‘Irasshaimase‘ means welcome in Japanese and you hear it shouted as you enter almost ever restaurant. The food is amazing and incredibly diverse. In Tokyo we ate at some phenomenal restaurants. Some I highlighted in other posts, but a few favorites I wanted to specifically share.
Inakaya – from the moment you walk into the restaurant it feels like you have entered a party. Inakaya is a robatayaki type restaurant which grills very fresh and delicious seafood, meat and vegetables – all of which happen to pair beautifully with sake and beer. Andy had gone there on a previous business trip and he thought the kids would love it. He was right!
When we placed an order, the wait staff and cooks smiled and shouted excited phrases at each other. Even the drink delivery system was fun. Here is my Sapporo!
This place was a hit with kids and adult alike. It is the Roppongi area if you are in Tokyo be sure to check it out.
2. Ninja Alaska
Ninjas and food! What more could you want? As we entered staff dressed as ninjas led us into the restaurant through “training” over a draw bridge with hidden treasure.
The food was presented with “ninja magic”. Here a tap on the lid by Aidan helps turn a small egg into a fully cooked quail.
These are not “corks” but edible potatoes.
The grapefruit spilled out smoke when the sword was removed.
Best thing of all was the ninja let the kids hold the sword.
The most magical aspect was even with the ninja theatrics the food tasted wonderful. After a magic show we were led to a “secret exit”. Here is a shot of the newly minted warrior family.
Japan already had the kids in love at “sushi,” and with these fun places they are now hooked for life.