Tokyo Shiba Tofuya Ukai – dining under the Tokyo Tower

Under-the-Tokyo-TowerTokyo Tower may not be exactly the Eiffel Tower, but at night it is pretty damn close.

Some posts on this site contain affiliate links, meaning if you book or buy something through one of these links, I may earn a small commission (at no extra cost to you!). Opinions are always my own and I’ll never promote something I don’t use or believe in.

Sitting near the base of this enormous TV tower is an amazing restaurant that offers fine tofu cuisine in a traditional Japanese garden setting and dojo-style dining.

Three of my old colleagues and friends hosted a reunion dinner here. It is a popular location for groups and parties – a beautiful setting for an extraordinary meal.

Greeters-from-Tokyo-Shiba-Tofuya-Ukai-Restaurant
Greeters welcome us to the TokyoShiba Tofuya Ukai Restaurant

We were led through the restaurant where we were given a lecture on the various histories of different sections, including an old sake-making area. The building is impressive but once we were escorted out to walk to our individual dojo we found ourselves in a gorgeous interior garden with Japanese maples I can only dream of growing at my house!

Japanese-maples-at-the-Tokyo-Shiba-Tofuya-Ukai-Restaurant

Once settled in, there is a choice of three menus. The only difference is in one of the courses where you must decided  between 2 types of fish or beef. Our group went with one of the fish and the meal was as follows.

Peanut tofu and alaskan king crab salad with mackeral sushi and mullet roe:

Peanut-tofu-alaskan-king-crab-salad-and-mackeral-sushi--with-mullet-roe

Deep fried tofu with sweet miso sauce and omelet roll:

Deep-fried-tofu-with-sweet-miso-sauce-and-omelet-roll

Hot soup with fish meat and oyster dumpling (sorry the photo is blurry!):

Hot-soup-with-fish-meat-and-oyster-dumpling
Snapper and tuna sashimi:

Snapper-and-tuna-sashimi
Abalone and fried yam potato:

Abalone-and-fried-yam-potato
Tofu in seasoned soy milk:

Tofu-in-seasoned-soy-milk
Grilled fish (don’t remember what kind!) with ginkgo berry:

Grilled-fish-with-ginkgo-berry
Boiled rice with chopped chicken:

Boiled-rice-with-chopped-chicken

At this point I was ready to throw in the towel and cry “Uncle!” but luckily only the dessert remained!

Persimmon and crispy sweet potato:

Persimmon-and-crispy-sweet-potato

I know this is getting repetitive but everything was amazing. Every single course tasted better than the next. I could have eaten a meal of just the tofu in seasoned soy milk, I had never tasted tofu that yummy!

As we were leaving, or rather rolling out the restaurant, the Tokyo Tower had changed color schemes and was now red and blue. It really did remind me of the Eiffel Tower.

Tokyo-Tower After a couple of hours of laughing and eating and telling old work stories I was ready to head back to the hotel to prepare for my departure for China the next day. It was the perfect ending for the week and I pretended that the blinking of the tower was a farewell sign as I watched it from the back of my taxi.

7 Comments

  1. Chelsey
    January 6, 2011

    The Tokyo Tower is beautiful! I’ve never even heard of it before…

    Reply
    1. Andi
      January 7, 2011

      @Chelsey, amazingly, I had been to Tokyo 6 times prior to this trip and I had not seen it either, I have no clue how I missed it, but it is gorgeous!

      Reply
  2. Andi
    January 6, 2011

    WOW!!!!!!!!!! OMG, now I want Japanese SO bad! YUM!!! I LOVE tofu!

    Reply
    1. Andi
      January 7, 2011

      @AndiP, that tofu soup was to-die-for!

      Reply
  3. Kipp
    January 9, 2011

    I am a little jealous…I have ever been outside the good ol USA unless you count Hawaii…but seeing these pictures makes me wonder if the food was the highlight of your trip? : )

    Reply
    1. Andi
      January 9, 2011

      @Kipp, food is always the highlight of my trip, I live through my stomach!

      Reply
  4. Ryan
    January 13, 2011

    What an amazing place to enjoy fantastic food.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to top
shares