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.
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.
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 writes novels set in Japan, produces the monthly e-magazine Japanagram, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had
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