Originally Posted by mackmittonz
impolyt_one - I tried Maisen a couple years ago and it was awesome. Have you tried Butagumi and can compare the two?
Do you also happen to have a recommendation for a good steak? We were originally looking to try Dons de la Nature but now plan to go to O'Shima instead since they have a more reasonable lunch menu.
By the way, what is the approximate price range of Torizenseo?
I haven't been to Butagumi, but hear the name often. Wife doesn't like tonkatsu (I love it) so I never got to go. Maisen is more one of those places you just go to when you're at Omotesando, it's just such an institution. From a design perspective it really gets you into a mood, even the napkins are great. They look like new old stock from like, 1960.
Torizenseo is priced like any other decent yakitori place really, I think the skewers +/- 300Y a piece. An appetizer, 8 skewers, and then rice or noodle soup to finish would be a good meal and probably get you around 5000Y a head and they have an omakase that is around the same. Wine list priced like a Tokyo wine list.
For steak, I assume you mean wagyu, I haven't eaten that many wagyu steaks to be honest. I ate wagyu often in Japan, but never really craved a whole steak of it. A 'steakhouse' in Japan tends to serve overcooked steaks on a kitschy cast iron plate with like, a decorative carrot, a green bean, and some bean sprouts and costs around 3-4000Y usually. They're more like neighborhood family restaurants. There are matsuzaka, Kobe, mishima, etc specialty shops where the preparation is nicer, obviously - if I felt like a steak in Tokyo I'd go to the Keyakizaka teppanyaki place at Roppongi Hills. They have good veggies, fish and steak selections. It's kind of boring though. I usually went because it's close and the lunch is big. I am not sure how big you want this steak to be, because a lot of kappou or even fine dining restaurants have a decently sized, perfectly cooked wagyu steak preparation as part of a bunch of other stuff.