March 6, 2013

Shabu shabu overlooking the Imperial Palace

On the 35th floor of the Marunouchi Building called "Maru-Buil(丸ビル) (see previous visit 1previous visit 2  and previous visit 3)", there is a branch of Moritaya(モリタ屋), a famous sukiyaki and shabu shabu restaurant in Kyoto(see previous visit). The most striking thing of Moritaya here is the view! We can see the panoramic view of the Imperial Palace. It is beautiful with vast greenery in the center of Tokyo(but we are not allowed to take pictures of the Palace because it is seen disrespectful. Not designated by law, but asked as good manners).
Moritaya Marunouchi (window side tables)
Sauce and bouillon soup for shabu shabu
Vegetables for shabu shabu 
Shabu shabu 
The ingredients for shabu shabu are good enough as Moritaya. Beef is tender and delicious. But the sauce might be a bit light. As shabu shabu, maybe at average. If the sesame sauce had been much richer, the tasting would have been more tasty. In Moritaya, sukiyaki might be recommendable, if you are used to Japanese dishes. 

Service is nice, every staff is kind. We can enjoy meal in a relaxed manner. The problem might be its low cost performance. Further, if we sit at the window side, we have to pay extra. But, it is worth for paying at lunch for seeing the Imperial Palace and Tokyo view (not recommendable for dinner as the Palace surrounded by woods becomes dark at night). My rating is 3.2 out of 5. Gochiso-samadeshita!


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