Updated: July 31, 2019
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'Jushu', a 2 Michelin star kaiseki restaurant in Tokyo

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Reservation link included in this article! Want to try the pinnacle of Japanese traditional cuisine. Then Jushu's kaiseki cuisine might be what you're looking for!

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Jushu

Jushu is a Michelin-starred restaurant located in Nishiazabu, at a 10-minute walk from Omotesansdo station (exit A5). It specializes in kaiseki cuisine.
It is secluded in a quiet neighbourhood and the dining space comprises only five counter seats and two, two-seats tables. It's the perfect restaurant to spend a relaxing time on a date or with friends in a cozy, comfortable setting.

Senzaki-san's kaiseki cuisine

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Chef Senzaki
From his admiration of traditional Japanese cuisine known as 'washoku' chef Senzaki decided to devote his career to making some exceptional kaiseki cuisine, which is arguably Japanese cuisine in its most refined form. It consists of delicate and beautiful small creations served one at a time to the guests. The dishes are usually a reference to the current season and only top quality ingredients are used.

There is only one option on the menu: the ¥15,000 'omakase' (leave it to the chef) course. It's not cheap, but for the area, it's not that expensive either.
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In kaiseki cuisine, the dishes are quite often only lightly seasoned, letting the full natural flavour of in-season ingredients take center stage. You will be amazed by the simple, yet the flavourful vegetable kaiseki dishes of chef Senzaki.
Sushi is served as well, most often as a kind of entree or side dish. Once again, only top quality neta (sushi topping) is used.
The main dish of kaiseki is usually simmered. It also happens to be this kaiseki restaurant's specialty. This is 'unagi', a kind of softwater eel, most often served grilled but this one is prepared in a broth with the perfect umami. You'll understand why this is a 2 star Michelin restaurant once you taste it.
The meal finishes with a monaka, which is wafers with some ice cream sandwiched into it. You will love this simple traditional dessert!

In closing...

Granted that this restaurant is not cheap, but the experience and quality of cuisine at Jushu in on another level even compared to other high-end restaurants of the area.

Note that chef Senzaki will adapt his course to the particular dietary requirements and preferences of his guests.
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Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.

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