We ate at Robataya on our second next in Tokyo, because our hotel recommended it (we briefed them that we wanted somewhere special and we'd like meat along with our raw fish).
Robataya is a small place - tricky to find unless your taxi drops you directly outside. But, unlike the cheap and cheerful teppanaki bar we went to the night before, it's in no way a locals place. It's fully designed for tourists and is all about the show and the experience - they'll happily show you the photo album of the many, many celebs who've dined there. Little Mix were apparently in just hours before us, if that means anything globally.
Back to dinner. We enjoyed the experience. The shouted orders from the chefs, the beers arriving on a wooden paddle, selecting your ingredients from the bowls in front of you. And, for what it's worth, I thought it tasted good too - fresh, clean - as you'd hope.
Every reviewer has mentioned the price and it's absolutely true. It is stingingly expensive. We don't have a problem paying more for a great meal, but I dislike not knowing beforehand. It's not exclusive - it's sneaky. Why put a blot on a fun experience by bringing out an astronomical surprise bill at the end?
It's a shame because otherwise I'd say 5 stars.
I'd still recommend it, but just be fully prepared for the price tag, relax and enjoy it.
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