Kawabata Building 3F, 8-5-8 Ginza, Chuo-ku
Tel: +613 3573 1144
Harutaka is a 2-Michelin star Japanese sushi restaurant along the Ginza strip in Tokyo. It can be found on the third floor of a rather discreet-looking building in one of the side streets of Ginza, one floor above a 'club' where loud singing by drunken men could be heard from the lift lobby. We were seated at a counter (which could sit 9 to 10 persons) by the corner. There is a private room which looked like it could seat 6 persons.
Finally, we each had a slice of grilled mackeral which was succulently prepared.
A change of tableware was then followed by the sushi. This restaurant is unique for it's style of the sushi rice: in this case it was quite dry and little vinegar is used. My wife prefers this to the other style where the rice tends to be more moist with vinegar (like at Sushi Harada and Sukiyabashi Jiro Roppongi). The sushi as you can imagine, was excellent. Each of us had a wet towel nicely folded just at the base of the sushi tray for us to clean our fingers after picking up the sushi with our hands (yes it is acceptable to use our fingers to pick up the sushi (not sashimi or anything else though) in case we weren't that proficient with the chopsticks).
It was an excellent meal, distinct from Sushi Harada in that the meal here was more structured and felt more high end (the chef at Sushi Harada was more instinctive and would alternate between sashimi, sushi and cooked food whenever he thinks of something good for us to eat). Sushi dining at its finest.
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