Earlier this month, thanks to some amazingly cheap deals on Scoot, I was able to whisk my wife up to Tokyo for a three-day eating trip to celebrate our twelfth wedding anniversary. We had only three nights in town, which meant (to me at least) making sure each dinner was truly something special. On the first two nights, we visited familiar favorites (including, of course, Sushi Sho). For the last night in town, I wanted to take her somewhere neither of us had been. And after a bit of research, decided the restaurant I most wanted to try—and that I thought she’d really enjoy—was DEN, in Jimbocho. And boy, am I glad I did. I can honestly say that DEN is one of the best restaurants we’ve been to in years, for a few reasons. The food is outstanding and technically without fault. You can dine at a counter, watching and interacting with the chef, which is something we both love. The sakes and wines paired with the food were brilliantly chosen. And the staff are all super sweet. But above and beyond these factors, the thing that I loved most was chef Zaiyu Hasegawa’s sense of humor, which he infused to great effect in several of his dishes.
For the full review, please go to: http://chubbyhubby.net/travel/chef-zaiyu-hasegawa-of-den-tokyo/