I have written about this restaurant before in my other blog as one of the ‘must try’ restaurants in Tokyo. A year has passed, many other Tempura restaurants have been visited yet Shimizu remains my favorite.

The ingredients

It has become increasingly harder to get seats at this small restaurant on the 45th floor of the Ritz Carlton Hotel. They only serve 6 at the counter so booking ahead is a definite must.  Set menus for lunch go from around 4500 yen upwards and dinner sets start at 12.000 yen.

Shimizu counter
Shrimp tempura

Some might disagree with me, but I love how the size of their seafood and vegetables are on the smaller side. The shrimps and fish are small and delicate, the vegetables fresh and crunchy. Their exquisite shrimp head fits perfectly into your mouth in one bite.

Asparagus and shrimp head tempura.

What seals the deal for me is the 5 different kinds of salt they offer you to eat your Tempura with including, curry, green tea and plum salt. Before, I used to eat my tempura by dipping them into the sauce, now I just dip them in salt. Simple and delicious.

The variety of salts

At the end of your meal, you will be asked to pick between the ten-don (a small bowl of rice with tempura topping) or the ten-cha (a small bowl of porridge with tempura toppings). I suggest the ten-don.

For desert, you will usually be asked to move to their dining area where you can enjoy the sprawling view of Tokyo from the 45th floor over some ice cream and a cup of green tea.

Tokyo Midtown, 9-7-1, Akasaka,
Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-6245 Japan
Phone:  +813-3423-8000 (ask to be connected to Shimizu)

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