Since 1935, Kyūbey’s quality and presentation have won it a moneyed and celebrity clientele. Despite the cachet, this is a relaxed restaurant. The friendly owner, Imada-san, speaks excellent English as do some of his team of talented chefs, who will make and serve your sushi, piece by piece. The ¥8000 lunchtime omakase (chef's choice) is great value.
Lunch reservations are accepted only for the 11.30am seating; otherwise you can queue for a spot. For a real treat at dinner, order the kaiseki (Japanese haute cuisine) menu (¥33,000) served on pottery by famed artisan Kitaoji Rosanjin. There's an exhibition of Rosanjin pieces on the restaurant’s 4th floor.