Sushi Restaurants in Tokyo Baikoh is located in Nishi Azabu near Roppongi and offers high quality Japanese cuisine dishes. This sushi restaurant speciality is Osaka sushi. Beautiful interior design, unique atmosphere and delicious sushi dishes make this Japanese restaurant a very special place.
Sushi Restaurants in Tokyo | Baikoh- outlook
Somebody may say that Baikoh outlook is rather modest. It is modest but this is high class modesty.
Decorative parts of restaurant’s façade are sign board,
noren curtain over door
and elegant arrangement of window’s display.
Golden brown colour of wooden doors, windows and sign board create nice contrast with grey colour of restaurant’s walls.
All together it looks classy and interesting, very Japanese like.
Sushi Restaurants in Tokyo | Baikoh- order and pay
Baikoh is sushi restaurant famous in Tokyo, but not known by foreigners, that is why they rather do not visit Baikoh. Perhaps because of this fact, all menus are written in Japanese…
…and except 3 photos of restaurant’s specialities, there are no photos of offered dishes.
From this reason person who can not speak and read Japanese may have problem to make an order. But if you want to try unique sushi and eat in lovely place, simply take your Japanese friends with you.
Written by hand information for guests are displayed outside of restaurant, from the right side of doors, in glass and wooden box.
Speciality of the day menu list located from left side of entrance doors.
Inside of restaurant, you can see menu on the wall, in kind of shallow tokonoma.
If you make decision about an order, just ask serving lady, who will take your order and later she will serve you.
You pay after you finish your meal, in cash desk which you will see in behind partition separating customer area from back room.
It is possible to receive receipt.
Sushi Restaurants in Tokyo | Baikoh- interior & atmosphere
Baikoh is very small restaurant. There are actually only 2 tables, for 4 people each.
This restaurant prepares mainly take away dishes, what explains small amount of tables and big amount of bento boxes located on top of kitchen counter.
Interior, especially customer area is really pretty.
Construction is based on wooden pillars and boards which have golden brown colour.
There is also bamboo used as part of construction. Restaurant’s walls have apricot like colour.
It makes all interior warm and cosy as well as very traditionally Japanese looking.
Ceiling has a very interesting construction and looks rather extraordinary.
I was told that this restaurant was built 50 years ago by carpenter who used to build Japanese temples.
It may explain special care for details and beautiful wooden construction as well as all look. Even if so old, all interior looks like completely new.
Kitchen area is separated from customer area by counter and wall of empty bento boxes. Kitchen itself looks interesting, and combine cool and industrial look with traditional one.
Customer area and kitchen are separated from restaurant’s back room by partition. It is opened by door and window behind which you can see small cash desk and order taking area. There are two old black telephones from 60 ties. It is very “retro” if we consider Japanese high tech telephones used now.
There are couples of doors around restaurant and near major entrance there is small table from the left, where take away orders placed in boxes are packed in decorative paper.
In general this is beautiful interior. Atmosphere is also very special, peaceful and in a sense rather posh, even if it is small family run restaurant. People working in this place take a great care about details, quality and style what I could easily feel.
People from Kansai area cares a lot about tradition and elegance as I heard and in this restaurant it is easy to notice.
Sushi Restaurants in Tokyo | Baikoh- food & service
Sushi served in Baikoh it is Kansai style sushi.
It is very stylish, exquisite and delicious food.
Baikoh is running from more than 40 years and first owner was born in Osaka, in area of Japan called Kansai. The new restaurant’s owner keeps Kansai style of food which is milder, more delicate in taste than food from Kanto, Tokyo area.
At first, serving lady brought for us hot towels to clean our hands and two cups of hot green tea, which was very fine in taste.
We chose our dishes and my friend made the order.
My friend ordered scattered sushi- chirashi zushi and I was supposed to try chakin sushi, sushi wrapped in very thin egg sheet, omelette.
We ordered sushi lunch sets actually, so at first we received our starters.
It was served in small bowl liver of anago, Japanese eel, with onion- absolutely delicious little dish!
We got also few slices of sticky yama imo- Japanese mountain potato.
It is interesting vegetable with specific refreshing taste, crunchy if sliced and all together very good. For me it tastes a bit like mild horse radish but it may be only my impression.
As next, serving lady brought two bowls of white miso soup with sea weed and cubes of tofu.
When we were enjoying out starters, chef was preparing our sushi.
When is appeared on table, I was delighted.
Both portions of sushi were served in lovely decorated boxes which looked like jewellery boxes.
My friend got his chirashi zushi, kyochirashi – basically assorted fish and vegetables over sushi rice.
In gomoko zushi, Kansai style sushi, the ingredients are often cooked and mixed together with sushi rice.
When my friend opened his sushi box we saw beautifully arranged on bed of sushi rice cooked shrimp, pieces of marinated mackerel and grilled conger eel- anago, kinshi tamago- very finely cut omelette, dark Chinese mushrooms finely sliced, sakura denbu- pink sweet fish powder, nori sea weed and a bit of pickled ginger.
From all delicious ingredients of chirashi I was especially interested in sakura denbu, because I have never tried it before.
My friend explained that sakura denbu is normally very dry so it is hard to feel that it is actually made from ground fish meat. In Baikoh, sakura denbu was fresh, so I could feel it is made from fish indeed.
My chakin sushi was very fancy.
Like I mentioned before, chakin sushi it is sushi wrapped in very thin egg omelette.
It gets name from chakin, linen cloth used during Japanese tea ceremony.
I got two portion of chakin sushi, only two, but they were big!
Two big yellow parcels, tied nicely by kampyo- long dried strips of gourd, simmered to make them soft.
Inside of omelette parcel, it was sushi rice mixed with actually almost same ingredients which my friend could see on top of his chirashi.
I could see prawns and nori, sakura denbu, pieces of mushrooms and cooked fish, all with accompany of delicious omelette.
My sushi was very tasty and I enjoyed a lot.
I had only one problem- how to eat it nicely using chop sticks.
It is not easy for foreigner to deal with so big piece of sushi in place so stylish and full of good manners like Baikoh.
But I was doing my best.
When we finished our tea, we asked for another one and this time we received different type of tea, served in different cup too.
I was told that first cup contained very special variety of green tea and next cup it is normal, good green tea.
It is good, because I could enjoy different teas during one meal.
It was absolutely delicious, special lunch!
Sushi Restaurants in Tokyo | Baikoh- comment
Baikoh is a very special place and I highly recommend visit this restaurant.
It is very small but very beautiful and food is unique.
Most of orders are “take away” dishes which are carefully packed and even wrapped in special paper. Wrapping costs 100 yen.
I also heard that some take away dishes are arranged on customers’ own plates or in their own lacquer lunch boxes.
I made another discovery. Baikoh is one of favourite restaurants of my favourite Japanese novelist Murakami Haruki!
He likes a lot kyochirashi…and I am not surprised, because it is amazing good dish.
Baikoh is famous Tokyo sushi restaurant, even Japanese food magazines write about this restaurant.
As for so good restaurant, prices are rather moderate.
I do advice to go there with Japanese friends if you do not speak Japanese yourself.
Sushi Restaurants in Tokyo | Baikoh- additional information
• portion of kyochirashi costs 1,575 yen and one portion of chakin sushi costs 575 yen
• portions are big and in good price
• smoking is allowed
• it is very small restaurant so better to stay there just to eat lunch
• it is good to make reservation before you come for lunch
• single customers are welcomed same as couples and small groups because there are only 2 tables for 4 people in Baikoh
• it is good place to eat both for men and women
• dishes are prepared by chef but and served by waitress
• two types of green tea are served for free
• restaurant is open between 10:00- 18:00
• phone number 03-3403-5676
• as of 2009-05