Fodor's Expert Review Sawamoto
Charcoal-broiled unagi (eel) is an acquired taste, and there's no better place in Nikko to acquire it than at this small and unpretentious place with only five plain-wood tables. Service can be lukewarm, but Sawamoto is reliable for a light lunch or dinner of unagi on a bed of rice, served in an elegant lacquered box. Eel is considered a stamina builder: just right for the weary visitor on a hot summer day.
Nikko, Tochigi-ken 321-1401, Japan
- Simple, beautifully prepared unagi
- 90 years of history
- Simple, comfortable atmosphere