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A Flavorful Japanese Lunch at “Uchiyama” in Ginza

“Ginza Uchiyama” is a famous Japanese restaurant in east Ginza.
As Uchiyama is a hugely popular restaurant that has held one Michelin star for multiple years, you absolutely need a reservation. This time, I visited for lunch.

Lunch times are split into first and second groups.
First group 11:30-12:20 – Sea bream chazuke 1500 yen
Second group 12:30 onward – Fuchidaka bento 2500 yen, or sea bream tea bento (set meal with bento and sea bream chazuke) 3500 yen
(Tax excl.)

They also offer a daytime course menu in addition to the above options.

The restaurant has 11 seats at the counter and 2 private rooms.
This time I sat at the counter, and I was able to enjoy the performance-like preparations of the food before my eyes.

Introducing the Sea Bream Tea Bento!

Grilled Sesame Tofu

Grilled Sesame Tofu
Grilled Sesame Tofu

This grilled sesame tofu is one of Uchiyama’s famous dishes. Freshly grated wasabi is placed on top. It’s hot, so eat it as it cools.
The exterior of the tofu is fragrant, while the inside is soft and runny. It was delicious, with simple seasonings.

Daikon and Sea Bream Simmered in Soy Sauce

Daikon and Sea Bream Simmered in Soy Sauce
Daikon and Sea Bream Simmered in Soy Sauce

The sea bream meat was tender, and the seasoning was carefully measured.

Bento

Bento
Bento

The bento was a beautiful arrangement of seasonal items. Each distinct piece was elaborately designed.

Sea Bream Chazuke

Sea Bream Chazuke
Sea Bream Chazuke

First, I put the sea bream over rice and enjoyed it in that simple form.

Sea Bream Over Rice
Sea Bream Over Rice

The fish is seasoned with their “goma-dare” (sesame sauce), made with sesame and a variety of nuts.
If you eat the sea bream as-is, the goma-dare results in a somewhat strong flavor, but once you add the green tea to make chazuke, the flavors will be just right.

Instead of just wolfing down the chazuke after pouring on the tea, you should wait for about 30 seconds; by doing this, the sea bream becomes even tastier and more tender as it’s cooked through by the tea. (I learned this tip at another restaurant)

Fresh Sea Bream
Fresh Sea Bream

You can get extra portions of rice for free.

Soup

Soup
Soup

The soup comes with ebi-shinjo (shrimp dumplings).

Dessert Made with Soymilk

Dessert Made with Soymilk
Dessert Made with Soymilk

This concludes my hour-long meal.
Incidentally, you can also enjoy sake here.
Be sure to try the authentic Japanese cuisine served here!

Basic information on Uchiyama

OPEN
Address
Light Building B1F, 2-12-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo[MAP]
Tel
03-3541-6720
Business Hours
11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), 6:00 - 11:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)
※Open on Sundays and holidays until 10:00 pm.
※Reservation required
Closed
Holiday Mondays, night of the last Sunday of the month (open during the day)
WEB
URL(Japanese)