First of all, I should say that I'm Garlicmike's buddy referred to in his review.
I think I would echo his sentiments. The food was quite good and enjoyable, although for me there were other Japanese dishes I enjoyed more while we were in Tokyo from a flavor perspective. The whole experience, however, was well worth the visit and the price. We both had the 4350 yen multicourse dinner. This consisted of different presentations of the dozeu eels, along with a couple types of skewers appetizers, soup, rice, pickles. With a couple orders of sake, it set us back about 10,700 yen including tax. I was a little afraid I would still be hungry, but there was plenty of food. One could certainly go less expensive ala carte if they wished. The English menu was fairly understandable.
The servers were young women in kimonos. They were completely unintrusive, yet very responsive. Our young lady explained the procedure of the brazier and the seasonings at the beginning of the meal. Otherwise, apart from bringing the courses, the servers stood at the edge of the room, but came over instantly if you made eye contact.
We were there on a Friday evening around 7 PM, and there was no wait. I would say that the dining room was about 1/3 occupied. It picked up a bit as we were there, but was never full. Almost all the diners were locals. I think there was one other western couple there. The norm was sitting on a small cushion on the floor, leaving your shoes at the door. I did notice a couple tables with bench like stools near the entrance. I presume these were available for those unable or unwilling to sit on the floor.
We didn't try any other traditional Japanese restaurants, so I have no basis for comparison, but I am very glad to have been able to experience this one.
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