Sushi Yoshitake has opened its arms wider with a new Ginza location with more seats than before and a new private room, giving more people the opportunity to dine on its delectable three-star sushi. In the company of a master sushi chef and his welcoming team, savor each dish in the degustation course of mouth-watering sushi and flavorful tsumami small plates. Challenges of the past have spurred Chef Yoshitake in the pursuit of perfect sushi and the ultimate in hospitality – this is your chance to devour it all.
Sushi Yoshitake has moved to a slightly larger location enabling a few more guests each day to dine on this exquisite cuisine. It is just one street back from Ginza Chuo Dori – a weekend shopping and pedestrian paradise – on the ninth floor of a brand-new building that opened in January 2019. Created at the hands of carpenter Fumitaka Tomita, with whom the chef has had a long-standing connection, the main counter and seats at Yoshitake now accommodate eight diners, catching diners’ eyes with superb curves and an autumn motif so real you reach out to pick up a leaf. The timber craftsmanship extends right through to the handmade chopstick rests and curved dishes for the refreshing towel served at the beginning of your meal.
Striking a graceful pose behind the chef is a flower vase with a fresh seasonal arrangement, and to the right is an old-fashioned wooden ice box cooling Yoshitake’s seafood to perfection in the traditional method with blocks of ice. By the window is a grilling space where components of the chef’s appetizer dishes are chargrilled, creating aromas and textures you will never forget.
One aspect regular guests will be delighted has not changed is the elegant warmth of the space. The friendly, comfortable atmosphere created by the loving husband and wife team immediately sets you at ease.
Not Just a Sushi.
The course at Yoshitake takes you through a series of nigiri sushi and tsumami, including all manner of goodness from the ocean. The chef delicately shapes the oval beds of rice for the carefully chosen and meticulously prepared slices of fish. He places it before his customers one delicious morsel at a time.
Countless steps in the creation of superior sushi starts with the rice. The first washing and steaming of the rice are performed with hot spring water from Kagoshima. With very fine particles, the soft alkaline water is easily absorbed. Minimal water allows the full flavor of the rice to emerge, after which red vinegar is added in the traditional Edomae style. For Yoshitake, the exquisite balance of flavors and the smile it brings to diners’ faces makes all the effort worthwhile.
Yoshitake spends longer than most sushi chefs preparing the best seafood ingredients he has sourced each day. He goes to extraordinary measures to ensure the best flavors, harnessing his previous experiences as a chef of washoku and other cuisines. In fact, he spends more hours on preparation than the restaurant is actually open each day! Throughout the course, you can enjoy a contrast of temperatures, textures and flavors – it is truly sublime.
Yoshitake’s signature dish that never fails to lure customers back is a perfectly textured piece of abalone with a velvety abalone liver and uni sauce for dipping. Tender simmered octopus is full of flavor, and oysters are served with shiso and oyster dashi jelly for delectable briny mouthfuls. You might also be treated, depending on the season, to appetizing plates such as straw-smoked bonito, mackerel marinated in oyster oil, or deliciously plump sweet rice wine–simmered soft cod roe.
Enjoy your course with a drink from the extensive selection of sake, including several relatively rare varieties, or choose from an array of champagne, beer, whiskey or rice-based shochu, as well as premium wines by the bottle.
Yoshitake uses his discerning eye and soft touch to select the best seafood coming into ports around Japan through his 7:30am daily visits to Toyosu Market: uni from Karatsu in Saga; octopus and sea bream from Akashi on the Seto Inland Sea; and other incredibly fresh, premium ingredients delivered directly to the restaurant from Yaizu in Shizuoka or Hagi in Yamaguchi.
Charcoal is another element that plays a major part in Yoshitake’s cuisine: it heats the hagama traditional iron pots in which rice is steamed; proteins are grilled over it; and seaweed is roasted over an earthenware charcoal brazier just before serving. The aromas are irresistible. Yoshitake makes his own dashi and mixes the components to prepare his own soy sauce in house each day. For deliciously tender octopus and abalone, the chef uses cast iron pots, with superb heat conduction, to gently simmer ingredients without losing any of the goodness of nutrients or flavor.
After alighting from the elevator and entering the restaurant proper, you will find a meticulously designed second counter space. An L-shaped hinoki Japanese cypress counter seating five in a room large enough to be a standalone sushi restaurant, the space can be used for private gatherings or two small groups. As with the main counter space, the second counter was designed by timber craftsman Fumitaka Tomita, and incorporates an autumn leaf motif throughout. The floor is lined with luxurious granite, and the fresh flower arrangements by renowned ikebana artist Shiho Yokokawa provide the perfect accent to the elegant space.
Standing behind the counter is a sous chef who has English proficiency to complement his sushi artistry, skillfully explaining ingredients and components to guests in such a smooth manner that even the most well-versed sushi aficionado will thoroughly enjoy the conversation.
- The price includes our booking fee of ￥8,000
- The price includes our booking fee of ￥8,000