A brilliant new master of Japanese cuisine appears in Ginza

Ginza Nihonryouri Suzaku

銀座 日本料理 朱雀
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Breaking through complexity of Japanese cuisine
to provide gentle authenticity served with
the warmest of hospitality.

Suzaku Japanese Cuisine is located on the 5th floor of a building on Miyuki Street in Ginza's 5-Chome.

The cedar counters at the wood-decorated interior produce a warm Japanese feel, and the beaming smile of owner Kazufumi Yamanishi cheerfully greets each visitor.

Suzaku opened in 2009 and relatively quickly grabbed the attention of connoisseurs in the city - attention it truly deserves.

Yamanishi is both owner and chef, and he has an impressive resume. After working as a chef at 1-star Ginza Uchiyama from its launch, he moved to the famous Akasaka restaurant Akasaka Tsuyama and worked there as head chef for five years.

Each course features more than ten dishes, none of which are too big, which allows guests to experience an incredible variety of flavours.

From kinpira to okara, every plate seems to be a simple recreation of Japanese home cooking, but the amount of time spent to create each one results in surprisingly rich flavours and refined textures in every bite.

The final plate is a popular dish called sea bream cha-zuke and a number of customers come to the restaurant just for a taste of that dish.

Yamanishi doesn't focus only on ingredients and cooking method; he has also taken great care in selecting the tableware, which includes antique dishes inherited from older Japanese restaurants and works of ceramic art by artists like Koju Nishioka and Shiro Tsujimura. Diners sometimes even see sake cups made by Rosanjin.

Also, it is even open on Sunday evenings, something rare for a typical Japanese restaurant in Ginza.

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Chef Profile

Chef/Kazufumi YamanishiKazufumi Yamanishi

Born Aomori, 1977. Graduated from high school and made his way to Tokyo where he worked in a hotel Japanese restaurant. Worked in a variety of culinary fields from sushi to Italian, before getting involved in the 2002 launch of Ginza Uchiyama. Began as head chef of Tsuyama in Akasaka in 2004, and opened Suzaku at the age of 32 in July, 2009.

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Interview

What made you want to become a chef?
Maybe it was because I was always surrounded by fresh ingredients when I was growing up in Aomori. That might have given me a little push to become a chef. Freshly caught fish is delicious, and I can still remember the taste of the vegetables we picked from our garden.

The high school I went to was strong in gymnastics, which is why I chose it, but then I entered the cooking program and I started on the road to becoming a chef.
Has your gymnastics experience been useful in cooking?
I was captain of the gymnastic team in middle school and high school, and we won two interscholastic championships. It's important to be conscious of the fact that every one of the six people on your team is working hard to win, and I think that way of thinking works when serving customers too.

It's the same everywhere, but to get good results, people need to work hard to communicate.

I think cooking is basically the same. In order to create and offer something delicious, we always have to be standing in the customers' shoes.
What hobbies do you have?
I like gymnastics, of course. I help out at my old high school, and whenever the students win I bring them here for a celebratory dinner.

I also like seeing musicals and stage shows like Cirque du Soliel.

Finally, I like going around to sample different food. On my days off I like to get away from Japanese for a bit and try French, Italian, and other types of cuisine.

Restaurant Info

Restaurant NameGinza Nihonryouri Suzaku
銀座 日本料理 朱雀
AreaGinza / Yurakucho / Marunouchi / Yaesu
Cuisine懐石・割烹
Reservation Contact Number

+81-50-1861-0724

(Only available in Japanese)

Opening day29th July, 2009
Hours of Operation Lunch 11:30~14:00
Dinner 18:00〜24:00
Closed Mondays
※Periodically Closed
Budget
Lunch:¥10,000~
Dinner:¥15,000~
Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, JCB, Amex, Diners Club)
Service charge10%
Dress Code

*No sandals, shorts

Children Permitted
Websitehttps://ginza-suzaku.gorp.jp/
Seating/Facilities
Capacity 19 seats

*Counter:9 seats

Seat area

Counter seating avalible

Private Rooms Available

*Private room ① available for parties of 5
Private room ② available for parties of 4

Private party Available
Smoking Smoking prohibited
Parking Available

*Coin parking available nearby.

Services
ReceptionistReceptions/Business Dinners
Serving SizeHeavy
Characteristics

Top-quality ingredients

Can vehicles be arranged?Yes

AddressOZIO Ginza Building 5th Floor, 5-5-9 Ginza, Chuo-ku,, Tokyo, 104-0061
Phone Number

+81-3-3573-7577

(Only available in Japanese)

Fax Number

+81-3-3573-7577

(Only available in Japanese)

Access■2 minutes walk from from exit B5 at Ginza St. on the Tokyo Metro Ginza,Marunouchi and Hibiya lines.
■6 minutes walk from from Ginza exit at Yurakucho St. on the JR Yamate and Keihin-Tohoku lines.
LunchLunch Course A¥5,400
Lunch Course B¥8,640
Lunch Course C¥10,800
DinnerDinner Course A¥10,800
Dinner Course B¥16,200
Dinner Course C¥21,600
Dinner Course D¥27,000
Available wines

Approx. 20 types

Available sakes

Approx. 20 types

Available whiskies

Approx. 6 types

Available beers

Approx. 5 types

Available shochus

Approx. 20 types

Drink Carry-out Permitted

Restaurant Interior