In Japan, Valentine’s Day is for women to give a present to men. I told my wife I don’t want a present, but would rather a delicious, Michelin-starred meal somewhere. She was kind enough to take me to Zuisetsu, marking the first time we would indulge in Michelin grade Chinese food. It was a fantastic choice. (Oh, and for the romantics/purists out there, men reciprocate in March during White Day.)
Zuisetsu is essentially a Chinese restaurant showcasing seafood dishes. Located in a very quiet neighborhood a couple stops from the more lively Shimokitazawa, the restaurant is a bit off the beaten track. However, it’s well worth the effort, and the location may be one reason the restaurant is able to provide an astoundingly large amount of food at a very reasonable price. The course is a mere 7000 yen, and glass wine only 750, making Zuisetsu quite possibly the best Michelin bang-for-your-buck in Tokyo.
The restaurant is very small, meaning reservations are essential. We were able to quickly and easily secure a table with one phone call a couple of weeks ahead. There are around 12 seats in this unpretentious and comfortable restaurant (you take your shoes off before entering), and the restaurant is run entirely by the chef and his wife. They are friendly, accommodating, and the chef comes to each table to greet each customer at the end of their meals.
Zuisetsu quickly became one of our favorite restaurants and we will definitely be back. The course changes monthly and the amazing food makes the journey all the more worth the effort.
Let’s eat Zuisetsu!