Wakuriya is located in a pretty nondescript strip mall next to CVS and a dry cleaners:
When you get there, you’ll see this sign – I wasn’t kidding about it being booked out every night!
I recently had the request in this post to include some more food in the blog – which I am trying to do – but the few things that are hindering me are that a) I’m a bad food photographer, and b) half the time I’ve already eaten the food that I was supposed to photograph. That’s why I only have about 50% of the courses we ate fuzzily photographed, but they were some of my favorite highlights of the night:
When you arrive, you’re given a menu and a little “welcome” glass of fruity delicious sake that’s brimming full (I already had taken a sip here):
The sake at Wakuriya is soo good. We both got the “fruity sampler” and they were all delicious but I loved the Yuzu Omoi and thus had seconds…and thirds.
This was delicious – black cod with turnip, mushroom, snow pea, thickened dashi broth and yuzu.
Oven grilled lobster, king-oh mushrooms, brussel sprouts and a miso sauce. So yummy and rich.
Barbequed eel donburi, this was really good but my husband and I were so stuffed that we took some home and then had a royal battle the next day over who got to eat the leftovers.
Dessert! Black sugar creme brulee, chocolate mochi rice cake and fresh raspberry. A great end to the meal and very sweet and scrumptious yet not too heavy.
The whole meal was nine courses (you can see the menu here) and we were stuffed by the end. Overall I would really recommend Wakuriya and if you are in the area, I’d definitely try to get reservations and check it out. As a bonus, the whole restaurant is more or less run by a very charming husband and wife team – Katsuhiro the chef and Mayumi the floor manager – and your whole experience is characterized with a lot of personal attention to detail and grace, not to mention amazing food. If you do go, please tell me how you like it! Enjoy!