Restaurant Name: Ninja Akasaka
Cuisine: Japanese Food
Average Price per Person: ¥5,000 to ¥20,000 JPY or $52 to $208 USD
Location: Akasaka, Tokyo (please refer to the map below for details)
Recommendations: Yamato Sprit Course or Jiraiya Steak Course
Ratings (out of 5)
Bang for Buck: 3.5
Ninja Restaurant definitely wins points for creating one of the most fascinating and memorable dining experience ever. As suggested by its name, the restaurant has an underlying ninja theme from its interior filled with secluded private dining rooms along with incredibly creative ninja themed Japanese food. Diners are greeted at the discreet entrance by a ninja who guides diners through “Ninja training”, creeping through a secret passage with a draw bridge and hidden doorways which lead to the dining area. The menu is written on a long scroll presented by your ninja waiter with a huge selection of unique dishes to choose from. Throughout the course of your meal, the ninjas ensure that you are thoroughly entertained with magic tricks and various table side demonstrations.
I was hesitant about going to Ninja at first, because I thought it’d be just another lame gimmicky restaurant lacking focus on the food, but I was wrong. The food here is actually pretty legit and the service is awesome. I’ve been to Ninja twice now and would recommend hitting it up if you’re in Tokyo. It’s a cool and fun dining experience with interesting dishes unique to the restaurant. There is also a location in New York City, but I’ve never been. If you do check it out, let me know how it is.
Ninja is a bit pricey, but it’s definitely worth visiting! If you want to get a good feel for what the restaurant is all about, get the set course dinners. They are mad good with a wide range of small delicious and innovative dishes. The Yamato Sprit Course (¥6,999 JPY or $75 USD) was recommended by our ninja waiter an 11 course meal comprised of the restaurant’s main specialties including ninja star grissini, turban shell bombs a la escargot and a special stone-boiled soup cooked with merely a hot stone at your table. The Jiraiya Steak Course (¥9,999 to ¥13,800 JPY or $105 to $145 USD depending on the size of the steak) is also aahhhmazing using prime Japanese Wagyu beef that literally melts in your mouth. We ordered both these sets along with a few items off the a la carte section. Check it out!
Yamato Spirit Course
Course #1: Shuriken star-blades grissini. Throwing star / ninja star shaped grissini served on wooden branches with foie gras pâté. The grissini are black star-shaped crunchy crackers. They are slightly bland, but loved the presentation and that foie gras. Just wish there was a little more of it!
Course #2: Salmon tartare incognito. This was essentially a salmon tartare cream puff where the salmon tartare was served “incognito,” sandwiched between a profiterole sliced in half with a frothy cream sauce.
Course #3: Turban shell bombs a la escargot. These bad boys were bomb, literally and figuratively. The escargot shells were served atop a pile of granules connected to a long fuse. The ninja lit the fuse which created a beautiful trail of flames that lead to the escargot shells filled with creamy, garlicky, and buttery goodness.
Course #4: Mystery Dish. The mystery dish was definitely a mystery when the ninja dropped this log off at our table. It didn’t look very appealing, but I was down to try it. It was actually similar to a croquette filled with bits of veggies. It wasn’t the best dish of the night, but it had a nice smooth texture with a crispy outer crust.
Course #5: Spring Vegetable Cocktail Topped with Whipped Japanese Stock. The vegetable cocktail was pretty much just a cold vegetable soup with a frothy miso finish. It was refreshing, but I wasn’t really feelin’ this dish.
Course #6: Special Stone-Boiled Soup (Japanese Bouillabaisse). I remembered this soup from my first visit. This soup is made entirely from scratch from start to finish at your table using only a scorching hot stone and the simplest ingredients – soy milk, pork, and vegetables. The soup is creamy, smooth and full of flavor.
Course #7: White Fish and Tomato Ceviche. Another simple yet amazing dish. I can’t remember exactly what kind of fish it was (I wanna say yellowtail, but I’m not 100% sure). It was super fresh and tasted absolutely incredible with the sweet acidic tomato submerged in a pool of tomato juices. Soooo friggin’ good!
Course #8: Sherbet Candy in Spring Flavors. This was a pallet cleanser which was served just before our main course. It was cold, sweet and refreshing. Forgot to take a picture of this
Course #9: You can choose from a selection of 4 entrees, we ordered two Yamato Spirit Courses so we chose the Foie Gras and Veal a la Crème Brulee and the Yellowtail and Daikon Radish Veiled in Sparkling Seaweed of Pink Crystal.
Course #9 Foie Gras and Veal a la Crème Brulee: I wasn’t really diggin’ this dish either. The veal was tender and flavorful, but I just wasn’t super into it, not sure why. It could be because I had it right after I had eaten a few slices of that amazing steak from the beef set. The foie gras was delicious doeeee.
Course #9 Yellowtail and Daikon Radish Veiled in Sparkling Seaweed of Pink Crystal: This was interesting! The seaweed had a nice crunchy texture and it was pink! The yellowtail was super tender, flaky and moist. The yellow tail > Veal.
Course #10: Special Sushi & Sushi Rolls: From left to right, NY Roll, Tuna with Yuzu, Amberjack Veiled in Bonito Vinegar Jelly, and Truffles Lurking in Eggs.
The Tuna with Yuzu was super fresh and perfect. I loved the thin translucent layer of salty and vinegary jelly with the amberjack. No soy sauce necessary. The Truffles Lurking in Eggs was interesting, but I probably wouldn’t order it again. The rice had of a piece of soggy bread soaked in egg with barely any truffle in it. It was kinda like French toast after you dip it in the egg mixture right before you throw it in the frying pan. The NY Roll consisted of tuna, salmon, yellow tail, avocado, crab meat and tobiko wrapped with nori and rice paper.
Course #11: Cheesecake in the shape of a frog sitting on top of a chocolate lily pad! This was sooo friggin’ cute! The ninja grated freshly grated parmesan right over the frog to make it look like snow. The cheese cake was damn good, fluffy yet rich and creamy.
Jiraiya Steak Course
Course #1: Ninja Style vegetable salad. At first glance, I thought this was bone marrow! This was actually a salad with a crunchy crouton wrapped around it topped with miso mousse and a gold flake.
Course #2: White Fish and Tomato Ceviche (same as course 7 pictured above).
Course #3: French Onion Soup Turned Japanese with Sendai Miso Flavoring. I love French onion soup and miso soup, so to me, this was the best of both worlds. The broth was super flavorful, the onions melted in my mouth, and that melted cheese was amazeballs!
Course #4: Prime Japanese Beef Steak. Oh my word! This was unreal! The beef was incredibly marbled, super tender, and soooo friggin’ buttery! I wish we ordered a bigger piece of this amazingness!
Course #5: Sushi of the day (same as course 10 above except with an additional piece of fatty tuna and salmon. Both were delicious!).
Course #6: I think this was a strawberry panacotta with ice cream. This was hella creamy and tasty too!
One of my BFF’s Kim, recommended ordering this awesome Snow Crab and Grapefruit Served with a Sword Trick!
The dish is served on top of a grapefruit that has a sword through it !!!
The ninja will instruct you to remove the sword from the grapefruit, which will cause smoke to be released from the dry ice hidden inside the grapefruit! Ooooohhhhh…
This dish was super tasty! The snow crab is sweet and tastes incredible with the grapefruit! Yummm!
Me and my home girl Kimmi! Loveee her! Follow her on Instagram, she’s pretty cool !!!Asian, Dinner, Japanese, Tokyo, Japan