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Magical Food At The Ninja Restaurant


I have to admit, until last week I’d never been to a restaurant where my waitress brought me an egg, set it on fire and turned it into a chicken. Apparently, when the waitress is a ninja, this is no big deal. A minor exertion, in fact, after conjuring up a drawbridge so we could cross a treasure-filled chasm and drawing a sword with lightning speed from a spookily smoking crab salad.

In between assassinating rival warlords, our ninja server found time to serve up a course or two.
Ninja castle, complete with smoking moats, a drawbridge, and secret doors.

The Ninja Akasaka restaurant is about a three minute walk from Akasaka Mitsuke station. The theme cocktails were a little disappointing and expensive, but the restaurant is beautiful, the food was delicious and the service was totally entertaining throughout the evening. There was even a guy who came around doing card tricks, who was the best card illusionist I’ve ever seen.

If you’d like to visit the Akasaka area the next time you’re in Tokyo, directions & maps are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had. You can request reservations online here, but you need to provide a local Japanese number where you can be reached (your hotel or a friend), because they always call to confirm.

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Jonelle Patrick View All

Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

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