Keishoan - Yakitori & Nagoya specialties ****
Address - Nishi-Shinjuku 1-1-5, Shinjuku Lumine 1, 6F (above Shinjuku station)
Open - 11:00-15:00, 17:00-23:00 (LO 22:00)
Telephone - 03-3349-1015
This restaurant is located on the 6th floor of the Shinjuku Lumine 1 building, above the Toei Shinjuku station. The restaurant floors have been rebuilt recently, and now offer a large selection of good dining places.
Keishoan occupies a small surface, with about 10 tables and a counter built around the cooking area. The restaurant is specialized in chicken food - including of course yakitori - with a special emphasis on Nagoya specialties. Indeed, this is the only restaurant of this chain in Tokyo, but they have several of them in the Nagoya area.
The most interesting part of the menu is probably the "tori kaiseki", a kaiseki course with 7 dishes based on chicken. They have several choices, ranging from 2800 yen to 5000 yen. In those course, the usual fish sashimi is replaced with raw chicken, an unusual dish even for Japanese guests.
The menu is also interesting. We choose the "3 sorts of chicken tataki" (地鶏のたたき三種盛, 980 yen), a selection of three parts of the chicken barely grilled (with the inside still raw) and served with 3 different radish sauces. The chicken shachu, served with black miso from Nagoya, is also an excellent choice. If you want to eat something else than chicken, there is also a nice selection of salads, including their recommended "matsuri salad" (680 yen), served with some kind of fried potatoes, and our favorite "tofu salad" (680 yen).
The restaurant sometimes serves superior chicken, usually eaten raw (1000 yens per person).
The selection of nihon-shu is quite interesting, although prices are not cheap - count 700-900 yens per glass of sake. Their recommendation of the day turned our to be a great choice. Overall, you can count on a 4500 yen bill per person. If you want to reserve a table, you will be charged 1000 yen for otoshi, instead of the usual 500 yen.
Web - www.keishouan.jp/shinjuku
Full review from bento.com - www.bento.com/rev/2296.html
For map and coupon - r.gnavi.co.jp/g030054/map1.htm