The next few blog posts feature some of my favourite things from a trip to Tokyo back in 2012 (that never made it to the blog before now). Because one of my favourite things about visiting a new city is the food, let’s start with this rather unforgettable meal…
If you’re a lover of great food, escapism and a little magic, then you don’t want to miss out on this spot. Offering a dining experience like no other I’ve ever encountered, Tokyo’s Ninja Akasaka serves up a very unique version of ‘dinner and a show’ with the entertainment and theatrics starting as soon as you walk in the front door.
Finding the front door is all a part of it, with no windows or clues other than one ‘Ninja’ sign on the wall. Reservations are a must, as it’s quite a popular spot. Upon arrival, you’re greeted by the maître d’ and asked to wait. The lights are low and it takes a few minutes for your eyes to adjust.
Being led to your table is like a small adventure, walking through to another world than the one you came from – your waiter takes you through a slim hallway over small streams and indoor gardens, which is part of your ‘ninja training’. The dining space has been designed to replicate a small hidden village, with tables inside huts or behind partition walls and fog floating underneath. The bathrooms here are like small caves or grottos filled with flowers and surrounded by ‘rock’.
When it came down to food, my friends and I opted for their 7 course dinner in order to try a selection of dishes (they have other course options as well as an alacarte menu available). Every single dish was unique and a new surprise for our tastebuds – from edible ‘ninja star’ crisps, sushi platters and pasta to a laksa soup made at our table. A few courses in and we were starting to wonder if we’d finish what was still to come. Que a quick meal break, with our very own ‘Ninja Master’ joining our table and performing some pretty mind-boggling tricks right before our eyes (no cameras allowed – you’ll just have to go and see it for yourself!). We ate our fill, laughed til it hurt and left with happiness in our hearts. This special dining experience is not to be missed!