Something Fishy: Yanmo
Imagine a direct line stretching from the Izu Peninsula to Minami-Aoyama. That’s the path fresh seafood takes to get onto your plate at this restaurant—with no deviations.
The dinner menu offers elegant, elaborate courses, but we love Yanmo for the great set lunch centered on sumiyaki—grilled fish seasoned simply with salt or miso. The sweet, white Saikyo miso adds a subtle sweetness to the fish. Seasonal fish recently have included saba, sanma, sawara (Japanese Spanish mackerel), and kuromutsu (Japanese bluefish). There are also plenty of rice and miso soup refills for those who can’t get enough. Counter seats are great for solo diners, while horigotatsu seats offer a view of a small garden. Don’t be discouraged if there is a line, as it moves quickly. There is also a Yanmo at the Shin-Tokyo Building in Marunouchi.
5-5-25 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-5466-0636. www.yanmo.co.jp/aoyama