One “must do” in Tokyo is to visit a theme restaurant. There are so many choices from maid cafes to prison themed restaurants to monster cafes. I settled on visiting the Ninja Restaurant in Shinjuku as it seemed like a cool experience all of us would enjoy.
I booked us one of the 9-course menus so we’d get to experience everything, one 6 course adult meal, and two 6 course kids meals. We also went at lunch, however, it was still quite expensive. It was worth it, though!
Upon arrival, we removed our shoes and were lead back to a small, private room. After receiving our drinks, the meal began.
Our first course arrived in a smoking ship which so visually entertaining.
Then it was onto a sushi course.
The next two courses were some seafood dish served in a large shell and a flaming bowl where we each got charcoal briquettes from the fire. The charcoal turned out to be chicken covered in a gray, crunchy coating. It was not only a trick of the eye, but delicious.
The kids then got their main meal.
For our next course, Chuck and I both got a smoking box that we had to unwrap. After opening it and waiting for the smoke to clear, we were greeted with a really interesting plate of flowers, vegetables, and seafood.
Next up was our main course which was chicken for me and steak for Chuck accompanied by roasted vegetables. They came with a side of spices that elevated the meat to another level.
Finally it was time for the grand finale: Dessert! I made sure not to tell the kids about this part as I wanted them to be surprised.
Yes, that is an edible bonsai tree in edible dirt. I can’t even describe what it tasted like, but suffice it to say that it was delicious and hands down one of the coolest desserts I’ve ever had in my life!
After the meal was over, we were joined by a close-up magician who performed many tricks at the table right in front of us. We were asked not to take pictures so I don’t have any to share. The magic was amazing though and we were stunned to watch all the tricks happen in front of our noses. I still have no idea how he did it! As if the meal wasn’t enough, this was the icing on the cake.
Once the show was over, it was time to leave. We were there for a good 3 hours, but left happy and delighted with the whole experience.