This is the original branch of what is now a little chain of tempura restaurants in Tokyo. It was not even mentioned in Michelin, but seems to be the best known tempura restaurant in Tokyo. We set around a small counter, but there are in fact many such rooms in this Ginza building.
The first thing to observe was the freshness of the ingredients arrayed next to the chef. The prawns were distinctly fresh, as evidenced by the fact that they were still alive; it does not get fresher than this. From live to in your mouth in under a minute. We had a variety of pieces of tempura: prawns, prawn legs, mushroom, ginko root, asparagus and sea eel (anago). There was also a white fish, shilago. Finally we had a lovely scallop tempura and then excellent miso soup with rice and pickles. Miso soup varies a great deal in quality and here it had an enjoyable, rich flavour.
The tempura batter was incredibly light, almost a gossamer cloud surrounding the various tempura items. So often tempura can be (at least in the UK) a clunky batter like something you would get at a fish and chip shop, but here it was remarkably light, letting the superb ingredients speak for themselves. The chef was attentive and service from our waitress excellent. A lovely experience. The bill for two was JPY 27,000 including drinks (beer).