Escargot Bombs

Japan: Akasaka (Ninja Restaurant)

Continuing on with the theme of places in Tokyo frequented by foreigners, there is a restaurant in Akasaka that is almost certain to have a large crowd of foreign clientele at any given time. Located just 15 minutes from Tokyo Station and known simply as Ninja, the restaurant creates a fascinating and memorable dining experience for its patrons.

Chiyoda 2-14-3 Nagatacho

TOKYU PLAZA AKASAKA

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http://www.ninjaakasaka.com/top_main.html

From the outside the restaurant employs a dark, simple décor which seems rather uninviting but then again, ninja shelters weren’t exactly your Holiday Inns either. Inside, secluded private dining rooms offer creative ninja themed Japanese cuisine.  Diners are greeted at the entrance by a ninja who guides them through “ninja training”, creeping through a secret passage with a draw bridge and hidden doorways which lead to the dining area. The menu is written on a long scroll presented by your ninja waiter with a vast selection of unique dishes to choose from. Throughout the course of your meal, the ninjas ensure that you are thoroughly entertained with magic tricks and various table side demonstrations.

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The dining rooms are dimly lit and individually decorated in different ninja themes. The waiter is summoned by pressing a button under the table.  He will wait tableside until you complete your order. The menu includes unique items such as the vegetable and seafood soup cooked on hot stones and escargot bombs, served with a bang!  The restaurant is a bit pricey, as can be expected.  You will be able to sample a majority of the restaurant’s unique dishes by selecting one of the set course meals. The Yamato Spirit Course for example, is an 11 course dinner which includes the soup and escargot bombs previously mentioned and will set you back ¥6,999.

The menus

The menus

Your ninja wait staff

Your ninja wait staff

Soup being cooked on hot rocks

Soup being cooked on hot rocks

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Not so Japanese, French Onion Soup

Shuriken star-blades grissini. Throwing star / ninja star shaped grissini served on wooden branches with foie gras pâté.

Shuriken star-blades grissini. Throwing star / ninja star shaped grissini served on wooden branches with foie gras pâté.

Escargot Bombs

Escargot Bombs

Cheesecake made to look like a frog

Cheesecake made to look like a frog

Some may view the restaurant as a bit kitschy and may prefer to go to a more traditional place to get a flavor of Japan but for those seeking to immerse themselves in ninja culture with lighthearted entertainment, Ninja is the perfect place for you!

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