Our First Sukiyaki Experience with Yoshihashi, a Michelin-star Restaurant

Written by Katherine

December 28, 2016
Last Updated on March 5, 2024

(UPDATE: June 2016) Yoshihashi, the Michelin-star Sukiyaki restaurant in Tokyo, is permanently closed. I tried to find out the reason for Yoshihashi’s closure since we visited the place in April. It was such a bustling place, with both locals and foreigners, so this news came as a shock. (-ω-、)

We have been to a lot of touristy places on our first trip to Japan. So, for this second trip, we wanted to visit more unique restaurants or eateries in Tokyo. While researching online, we came across reviews of Yoshihashi, a Michelin-star restaurant serving reasonably-priced sukiyaki during lunch hours. With such a great combination, we decided to visit Yoshihashi to have our first sukiyaki experience! ( ´ ω ` )


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Yoshihashi, A Michelin-star Restaurant in Tokyo

Based on reviews, a lot of people mentioned that the queue usually gets quite long during lunch hours; hence, it would be best to arrive before 11 AM. We reached Yoshihashi around 10.45 AM and were the fourth couple in the queue. Yay for that! ٩(◕‿◕。)۶

Photos were taken after our meal, hence looking so empty outside

Our Yoshihashi Experience

A lot of blogs mentioned that Yoshihashi does not really welcome foreigners. I have no idea why they would do that since it seems like there were quite a lot of foreigners in the queue with us. When it was time to get seated, we were brought into this separate room where ALL the foreigners would sit together. I don’t see it as a form of discrimination, but it just felt a bit odd to be separated from the locals. (・・;)ゞ

Since Yoshihashi does not want to cater to foreigners who don’t understand Japanese, they do not have an English menu. Once we got seated, one of the staff who speaks English came over to assist all of us. I think the restaurant knows that they have a lot of foreigners, but for some odd reason, they prefer to have a staff who speaks English to serve us instead of having English menus. ┐( ˘_˘ )┌ Anyway, the staff explained to all of us in English what each of the items on the menu entails. And basically, everyone ordered the same dish. (´• ω •`)

With everything in consideration, I kept photo-taking of the food and the interior to a minimum. Also, there was not much space for me to take photos since we were all sitting side by side, similar to a bar counter setting.

Our First Sukiyaki Experience

It was our first time having sukiyaki, and the sukiyaki here at Yoshihashi was AMAZING. Every single item inside the bowl was heavenly. Sometimes, it made me wonder how the Japanese make such amazingly delicious vegetables. I am not a vegetable-lover and I always love all the vegetables served in Japanese cuisine. Needless to say, even the vegetables in the bowl were so good.

Sadly, this amazing sukiyaki is no more. Is it the economy forcing them out, or is it their traditional way of doing things causing them to stop their operations? But one thing is for sure. We were so blessed to be able to enjoy this lovely dish of sukiyaki before it was gone. (´-ω-`)

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