[ Tokyo ] Rice Sommelier at Ginza
... small and popular among the locals. It's supposedly famous for its rice. You could purchase rice here as gift or for your own consumption from here. They have really nice and traditional packaging for the rice.
The restaurant's famous store is probably its original Kyoto branch. But this one in Ginza should be just as good. The rice here are chosen by their "rice sommelier" & the rice comes from all over Japan. This is what they called the 5-star rice.
What you do when you get here is to write your name on the waiting sheet & check out the menu.When it's almost your turn, the waitress will ask you what you'd like to order. Then after 10minutes or 20 minutes when there's seat available, you'd be able to go in and have your meal right away.
I ordered the tempura set, has 3 small dishes, 1 box of seaweed, a miso soup, a dish of smooth tofu and a plate of tempura to go with the dish. All these side dishes would make you want to have more rice. & Guess what? Rice is all you can eat here! You can have more rice without extra charge.
You can also order a set like this with 2 kinds of fish. For the rice you could also order an egg (a raw egg), mix it well and pour into the rice. It smells good and is delicious too.
The miso soup here also has some cute and colorful puff balls.
The small dishes in the set. & The interior of the restaurant. As you can see, there's not that many seats. But people generally finish within an hour or so so the wait is not too bad.
We went to queue before 11:00am on a weekend. We only got seat like about 45 minutes after the restaurant opened at 11:00. After we got out we saw even more people waiting outside!
They're closed on some days so remember to check their website first before you plan your trip.
Hachidaimegihei 八代目儀兵衛 (銀座)