Tokyo Eats – Yoshihashi, Michelin Star Sukiyaki
Before I start on this blog post on how much I love this sukiyaki when we were there to have it, I will like to say it with a heavy heart that Yoshihashi (よしはし) is already permanently closed as of June this year. I was trying to find out more details as well as the address for this post and that’s when I realised it was listed as “Permanently Closed” with even its website gone. Tried to find out the reason for its closure since when we went there in April, the place was bustling with lunch time crowd as well as a room for foreign travelers like us. I didn’t find out anything from online so maybe some day someone came by this blog, you can let me know why. 🙁
Since we have basically been to quite a lot of the touristy places in our first trip, this second trip to Tokyo means that it is time to hunt down some special restaurants/eateries. While researching online, we came by reviews of Yoshihashi which is a Michelin star restaurant serving reasonably-priced sukiyaki during lunch hours. Michelin-star + reasonably-price means we should definitely give it a try since we hardly tried any nice sukiyaki in Singapore. Since a lot of them mentioned that the queue is going to be long for lunch hours and it is more ideal to be there before 11AM, we kind of reached there probably around 10.45AM. Not too late since we were like the third or fourth couple in the queue. 🙂
Was thinking to show this photo in case anyone wants to look for it. But… 🙁
Loving the wooden decorations.
I didn’t take a lot of photos of the interior since it was mentioned in blogs that actually Yoshihashi doesn’t really welcome foreigners hence they don’t really have English menu and their staff only talks to you in Japanese. Not sure of the reason but probably they want to maintain their tradition even with the influx of tourists.
When we were being seated, we realised that we were being brought into this special room where ALL the foreigners sit together. I don’t really see it as a discrimination against us but just a bit odd to be separated from the locals. 😯 Once taking our seat comfortably, there was one of the staff who came to assist all of us since it is pretty much quite tough to read a Japanese-only menu. Unlike what the blogs said about staff speaking in Japanese only, this one special staff was speaking to all of us in English and he was assisting us with our orders, telling us what each item was on the menu. So basically almost everyone ordered the same dish and photo-taking was minimal in there for me as well since hardly anyone takes photo (but I just have to take one of the food!!!).
So here comes the delicious dish of beef sukiyaki. *drools*
Every single item inside the bowl was heavenly. Sometimes it made us wonder how does the Japanese made such yummy vegetables and I am no vegetable-lover as well so for me to praise the yummy-ness of vegetables that says something about their food. 😀
Sadly this can’t be enjoyed by many anymore. Is it the economy forcing them out of their place? Or are they re-locating somewhere else that only time will tell if they appear again? One thing is for sure and that is we were so blessed to be able to enjoy this lovely dish of sukiyaki before it is gone. ごちそうさまでした！