Here's a restaurant that's run like a formal ryotei but has the feel of a rough-cut izakaya (Japanese pub). Neither inaccessible nor outrageously expensive, Tatsumiya is adorned—nay, cluttered—with antique chests, braziers, clocks, lanterns, bowls, utensils, and craft work, some of it for sale. The evening meal is in the kaiseki style, with seven courses: tradition demands that the meal include something raw, something boiled, something vinegary,
and something grilled. The kaiseki dinner is served only until 8:30, and you must reserve ahead for it. Tatsumiya also serves a light lunch, plus a variety of nabe (one-pot seafood and vegetable stews, prepared at your table) until 10. The pork nabe is the house specialty.
1–33–5 Asakusa, Taitō-ku, Tokyo, 111-0032, Japan