Whenever I'm entertaining guests in Asakusa, this is where I like to take them. Located in a tiny house just a stone's throw from Sensoji Temple, it evokes the atmosphere of a farmhouse with its flagstone entry, wooden rafters, rustic furnishings, and tatami seating. But what sets this place apart are the engaging couple who manage it and the live performances of traditional Japanese music five times daily (at 12:15, 1:30, 3, 6:30, and 8pm), including concerts by Fukui Kodai, the husband of the managing duo and one of Japan's most accomplished Tsugaru shamisen musicians. Ordering is easy, as only seasonal set meals that change every month or so are served. Lunch features bento boxes, while kaiseki is served for dinner, including fugu (blowfish) kaiseki if you order it in advance. In short, dining here provides nourishment for both the soul and the stomach and is an experience you're likely to remember long after your trip has ended.
Waentei-Kikko (和えん亭 吉幸)
Our Rating Neighborhood Asakusa Hours Thurs–Tues 11:30am–1:30pm and 5–9pm (last order) Transportation Station: Asakusa (5 min.) Phone 03/5828-8833 Prices Bento lunches ¥2,500 and ¥3,500, kaiseki dinners ¥6,825–¥14,175 Cuisine Type Kaiseki/Bento Web site Waentei-Kikko (和えん亭 吉幸)