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Fugu is a poisonous fish eaten by Japanese. It can only be prepared by chefs who retain special license to handle fugu. The fish is not only toxic but also its appearance is not the most appetizing. That is why it is a wonder how delectable fugu can be, until you try it yourself. Here we have selected 9 restaurants serving fugu in Tokyo for the daring gourmands.
1. Fukuji (福治), Ginza
If you like to try authentic fugu dishes, Fukuji is the place to be. It prides itself in serving top quality fugu cuisine. The key to an ultimate fugu dish is to put fugu from natural resources to rest for a day.
Koda Building 3F, 5-11-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
2. Sawaichi (澤いち), Roppongi
This prestigious restaurant in Roppongi has been frequented by many celebrities. Sawaichi sees no compromise in selecting the finest ingredients and cooking with elaboration. Dishes served are guaranteed to satisfy you on all counts. Sawaichi also serves other Japanese cuisines, all of which are of high standards.
http://sawaichi.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Main Stage Roppongi 1F, 3-9-11 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
3. Tokuyama (とく山), Hiroo
If you want a value for money Fugu dining experience, you can’t beat Tokuyama. All dishes are prepared with great attention to detail. Fugu zosui (fugu with pre-cooked rice in soup) is second to none for the final dish of a wonderful meal.
http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1307/A130703/13002088/ (Japanese Only)
Azabu Empire Mansion B1F, 4-11-28 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
4. Makino (牧野), Ueno
People in the know would name Makino as one of the best places for fugu. Situated in Ueno, this long-established restaurant has an image of formal dining but it is actually a rather relaxed place with friendly atmosphere. You can have a memorable time sitting at the counter, watching the skillfull chef preparing fugu in front of you.
http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1311/A131101/13003708/ (Japanese Only)
3-8-1 Matsugaya, Taito-ku, Tokyo
5. Yamadaya (山田屋), Hiroo
Yamadaya is in Hiroo. With 3 Michelin stars under its belt, this popular fugu restaurant has private dining areas that are perfect for an up-market dining experience. These areas have ‘horigotatsu’, diggings underneath the tables so it is quite comfortable even if you have to take off your shoes and sit on the floor.
http://www.usukifugu-yamadaya.jp/ (Japanese Only)
FLEG-Nishi-Azabu VIERGE-A, 4-11-14 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
6. Kikuchi (きくち), Ueno
This is one of the most affordable fugu restaurants in town. Here at Kikuchi you can have a fugu dining experience like a celebrity without breaking your wallet. The course menu starts from 4000 yen per person but you won’t be disappointed by the taste and amount.
http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1311/A131101/13160356/ (Japanese Only)
Kameda Building 1F, 1-12-2 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
7. Takase (高瀬), Shibuya
Only fugu from Shimonoseki is served at Takase. It is located in the downtown part of Shibuya but you can enjoy sophisticated fugu cuisine. If you can’t decide what to have, opt for ‘Omakase Course’, a course menu of dishes selected by chef. Each dish cooked with seasonal fresh ingredients is absolutely delightful.
http://takase-yoyogi.com/ (Japanese Only)
Ichikawa Building 1F, 1-27-5 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
8. Sandaime Uokuma (三代目 魚熊), Asakusa
The long-standing Sandaime Uokuma was founded three quarters of a century ago in Asakusa. Each day fresh ingredients are selected with care to offer customers with seasonal dishes. We want you to try its fugu sashimi which melts in your mouth.
http://uokuma.com/ (Japanese Only)
3-20-5 Kuramae, Taito-ku, Tokyo
9. Wadatsumi (わだつみ), Ikebukuro
Situated in Ikebukuro, Wadatsumi is an affordable Japanese restaurant. Here we recommend a course menu of fugu, which will come with a discount if you make a reservation by the previous day. With such a good offer hard to miss, you will have a fun evening wining and dining fugu cuisine at a reasonable cost.
2-12-5 Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Don’t be afraid to eat fugu. From the high-end to the reasonably priced, we hope this article gives you an idea which fugu restaurant to go for, depending on your budget and purpose.