You Have to Visit This Ninja Restaurant the Next Time You’re in Tokyo
You can't miss it!
Akasaka Tokyu Plaza 1F, 2-14-3 Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Open from 5 p.m. to 11 :30 p.m. (Monday to Saturday) and 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. (Sunday and holidays)
How to get there: It's a 3-minute walk from Akasaka-Mitsuke Station.
Ninjas are an inseparable part of Japanese culture, a brotherhood believed to be a long lost. Little do people know, however, that they can meet one in Tokyo-well, one that serves you drinks and performs amazing tricks.
Ninja Akasaka has been in business for 17 years. From the moment you enter the restaurant, you're transported to a different dimension. A ninja guides you stealthily into a maze-like corridor with many traps and secret doors. Moving around can get tricky, because of the darkly lit corridors and the low-hanging ceilings, but the challenge is part of the fun.
Some Ninjas can attend to you in English!
Once you are guided to your seat, they serve you a Japanese fusion course, ranging from ¥5,700 to ¥20,000. There are 13 courses to choose from, which include vegetarian and muslim-friendly course meals (English menus are available). The attention to detail is also impeccable. Here are some of the dishes you can try:
Shuriken star-blades grassini
Swift like the shuriken, it's gone as soon as you know it!
These crackers are made to look like a shuriken star. Although they look realistic, they're actually a crispy, light, and fun appetizer and can be served with honey (muslim friendly course) and a special pork and cream cheese pâté.
Zuwaigani (snow crab) and grapefruits
This cold appetizer is served with a dash of ninja magic. The grapefruit comes pierced with a katana. Watch what happens when the katana is removed.
The Ninja pulls the Katana out of the dish
The savory crab meat goes perfectly well with the bittersweet flavor of the grapefruit. It is topped with Japanese-style dressing, little shuriken star-shaped cucumber slices, and a hint of pepper-all of which add a special texture to the dish.
A mysterious smoke comes out of the dish. It has a light and fresh taste, perfect for an appetizer.
Sazae Bakudan Yaki (Turban shell bombs with garlic butter)
As the name suggests, this dish makes its entrance with a bang! The ninja server once again uses his ninja powers to engulf the turban shells in flames.
It's the bomb!
The dish is not only entertaining, but also very delicious. Almond bits are mixed into the garlic butter, making it a savory and luxurious meal.
This dessert is so pretty, you wouldn't want to eat it. Shaped like a Bonsai, it's a pie-crust dessert on top of three types of ice cream wrapped in a sponge cake. Once you decide to dig into the tree, you won't stop. There's no better way to end this Japanese experience than to eat this Japan-inspired dessert.
The leaves of the bonsai are made from matcha sponge cake.
After the meal, a master ninja will perform a special trick. We will not disclose what kind of tricks are performed, so look forward to it on your visit. The fun doesn't end there either. When you are escorted out of the restaurant, expect another surprise waiting for you.
There are two branches in Tokyo: Akasaka and Shinjuku. Both have their unique qualities, the Akasaka branch is famous for its entertaining experience, while the Shinjuku branch has a specialized menu. The restaurant is reservation-based, and management recommends to book a reservation as early as a month prior to the reservation date.
As an entertainment restaurant, NINJA Akasaka really lives up to its name. It's an action-packed, entertaining, and delicious experience that you will surely never forget.
Provided by Karaksa Media Partner (11 February 2019)