Shabu-shabu with a sashimi starter
Since most diners at Akasaka's Kobori are regulars, entering this hotpot palace might seem a bit intimidating at first. But once inside, you're sure to shake off any apprehension: it's a homely, relaxing space with simple furniture and a friendly, jovial hostess. To start, she'll bring you a platter of seafood bought the same morning. This spread functions as an appetiser menu: pick anything you fancy and ask the chefs to prepare it to your liking, be it in sashimi form, boiled or grilled. As for the main attraction – wagyu shabu-shabu and sukiyaki – you can look forward to luxuriously thick cuts and 'secret' ponzu and sesame sauces to dip your meat in.