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Average rating from 16 meals 8.9 / 10
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Tabelog
4.24

Chef

Daichi Kumagiri

Cuisine

Sushi

Foodle Reviews

8 / 10
on 04 Apr 2024

20th meal at Hatou

Always great food and wonderful hospitality

on 10 Jan 2024

Hatou, November 2023. Sushi grid is somehow in reverse order, which makes it look cooler? The sushi was what you'd expect based on Kumagiri-san's training. Simple and medium-sized, with medium strength aka shari. Similar to Amamoto in those regards. The neta quality was quite high, and the overall impact was "light" and almost refreshing. The pacing of the meal and ingredient selection was exceptionally tasteful.

on 08 Jan 2024

These days, where "omakase" has become a verb in America, the distinctions between what are "typical" sushi versus kappo has become blurred. Pre-2010, "omakase" in America (if it was even called that) might mean you were basically served part of a typical kaiseki course - everything from a hassun plate to owan - before sushi started hitting the counter. In the past 7 or 8 years, this has evolved a bit. The bites are smaller and require less cooking, and we call them "tsumami". But they rarely resemble... More

9 / 10
on 06 Jun 2023

At Hatou, their early summer menu showcases the culinary mastery of 熊切さん. The otsumami, or appetizers, he prepares are consistently outstanding. This time, he skillfully paired a pleasantly bitter Ayu fish with the sweetness of baby corn, resulting in an excellent combination of flavors. The first hamo (pike conger) of the season was so delicious that it may remain unrivaled for the rest of the year.

The centerpiece of the meal consisted of 12 nigiri sushi pieces and 3 hand rolls, each... More

10 / 10
on 08 May 2023

Always great.

on 20 Apr 2023

(SWIPE FOR MORE PICS) The other day I went to a popular sushi restaurant in Tokyo, Hatou, headed by young chef Daichi Kumagiri. A sense of warmth got to me when I saw this happening : when the four young chefs worked together to peel the shells of kuruma ebi with big smiles, so motivated and enjoying the moment. I was so touched.

@bernard.lin sent me an excerpt from the late Ryuichi Sakamoto in the book by legendary chef Ogata in Kyoto:

“I care about the well-being of the staff because... More

10 / 10
on 24 Mar 2023

The young Chef becomes a master

9 / 10
on 15 Mar 2023

14th meal

As always wonderful otsumami and some delicious nigiri. It is always a delight to see the journey of a young chef as he gains experience and with it confidence.

9 / 10
on 02 Dec 2022

13th Meal

It happened on the day when I hit the 1000 day mark on Duolingo. What a nice gesture by the Chef.
And what a delight to eat his great food.

8 / 10
on 22 Sep 2022

12th meal

Late summer menu, as always excellent otsumami and 11 masterfully composed nigiris.
I feel so lucky that I have 6 reservation in the next 14 months lined up.

9 / 10
on 06 May 2022

11th meal.
6 otsumami, 11 nigiri.
One better than the other.
I think this is one of the best in town, soon to be super famous. Reservations are already difficult and must be done way out. Fully deserved.

10 / 10
on 02 Apr 2022

10th meal.

I doubt there are many people, left alone foreigners, who have been to this restaurant 10 times or more. So, now that I have, I’ll stick my head out.
This place serves one of the best otsumami one can get in Tokyo and by extension in the world. Yes, I believe that his overshadow the likes from legends such as Sugita-san and Sawada-san. The only place which in my book is on par is Saito-san. Here I said it! It most likely is going to burn me, but I cannot help.
He served five servings... More

9 / 10
on 08 Feb 2022

9th meal

Hatou continues to impress. I always was and am a great fan of Kumakiri-san’s otsumami. His nigiri are also excellent and are improving.
The service is impeccable and his sake collections is top notch.

9 / 10
on 20 Dec 2021

Hatou is a wonderful restaurant. His otsumami being a trained kaiseki chef are outstanding and his nigiri improve every time I have been there.
A wonderful place with an even better hospitality. Now that I have been to so many restaurants of the Ichikawa group I noticed that all of them excel in provide an unbelievable service. There seems to be one doctrine: everybody is responsible for everything. And it works, so when the Taisho himself sees that there is an empty plate or an empty glass, he... More

9 / 10
on 06 Jul 2021

Kashigiri at Hatou. Due to a cancellation we were the only guests. Great to have time to chat to the Taishō and his apprentice.
I still believe that he is producing some of the best and tastiest otsumami in Tokyo. For example his ayu, fired to perfection so it becomes equally crispy without loosing the required bitterness to make it great.
His nigiri skills are getting better and better., the chu toro and the aji being the stellar pieces of the evening.
Fantastic meal, looking forward to my... More

on 19 May 2021

Uni hand roll
ウニの手巻き

鮨屋で一般的に使われるものよりも薄手の海苔を、炙りたてで用いている。

口の中に入れた瞬間に消えるので、海苔という固体の存在を感じさせず、食べているというより香りのみを味わっているかのよう。

ウニを邪魔せず、引き立て役として存在感を放っているのが素晴らしい。

2021年3月

Hato | Kagurazaka, Tokyo
神楽坂「波濤」

#uni #seaurchin... More

on 04 Apr 2021

いくら
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Ikura

on 16 Jan 2021

神楽坂「石かわ」仕込みの料理と東麻布「天本」で修業した握り、というだけで人気になる要素を兼ね備えているが、その高い期待値を上回ってくれる新進気鋭の一軒。

料理全般にも言えることかもしれないが、握りに関しては特に、「美しいものは美味しい」という言葉が当てはまる。写真が全てを物語ってくれる。

2020年12月

Hato (Kagurazaka, Tokyo)
神楽坂「波濤」

#hato... More

8 / 10
on 05 Sep 2020

Hatou evolves and gets better. His otsumami are already world class but his nigiri are getting better.
A future star in the making.

9 / 10
on 14 Jul 2020

Second visit at Hatou. The Young chef and his even younger team convince. The otsumami are excellent, the chef changed some of the dishes to give us something different from the last visit.
The nigiris are well formed and the shari good seasoned. Outstanding pieces were the aji, the tori-gai and the ebi.
It is a joy to watch them work, they have fun as a team while being super professional. No details gets overlooked and the need of the guest is Alok ist anticipated.
I had to rebook it. It... More

8 / 10
on 03 Jun 2020

New bright star on the sushi ceiling in Tokyo. Another restaurant from the Ishikawa group, this 29 year old has taken the sushi diner world by storm.
His store is exquisitely outfitted, with the counter being one piece from Africa and his tableware from renown artists.
Chef Daichi Kumakiri shows his pedigree in forming his nigiris and seasoning of his rice. This can only get better and then it will be really impossible to make a reservation.

Recommended in Tokyo

Address

5 Chome-7 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 162-0825, Japan

Hours

Open hours

Phone

+81 50-3138-5225

Tabelog

https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1309/A130905/13245540/