Right off the main avenue about a 3-minute walk from Jimbocho Station sits a quiet, secluded location that is home to the restaurant "Kanda Ilusa," which is situated at the corner of an elegant building with a glass facade. The restaurant has gathered acclaim over many years for its home-style Japanese kaiseki cuisine that is impossible to imitate. After celebrating its 15-year anniversary in 2018, they welcomed a new head chef to reinvigorate the restaurant and start looking toward the future. Since then "Kanda Ilusa" has already captivated diners by perfecting their menu even further.
Chef Daiju Ishikawa, their newly hired head chef, got his start in the culinary world at age 18 and honed his professional skills for close to 17 years at notable Japanese-style restaurants, including "Tankuma" and "Ukai-Tei." At "Kanda Ilusa" he endeavors to carry on traditional Japanese-style cooking without casting aside his own unique sense of aesthetics and creativity. The menu offers light courses and a la carte offerings that pair well with drinks, and for the number one item on the menu, they feature kaiseki-style set courses that take advantage of fresh, seasonal ingredients. During the summer guests can enjoy natural sweetfish and conger eel. For the fall there are matsutake mushrooms and other mushroom varieties. Then during the winter there are featured items like fugu, Japan's well-known pufferfish dish. Each of Japan's four seasons is highlighted throughout the year with a fresh and versatile selection of ingredients. Guests are sure to be delighted both in taste and sight when it comes to each of these seasonal offerings.
For drinks, they stock a year-round supply of well-regarded Japanese sake brands like "Shimeharitsuru" and "Denshin." Each season their sake expert hand picks especially limited edition bottles, and there are usually about 8 to 10 different kinds of sake to choose from to accompany each meal.
The interior dining areas are split up between the 1st and 2nd floor. Guest will find that the ambiance combines modern touches with classic Japanese-style, which makes for a calm, composed dining setting. The 1st floor has a private room with a Japanese-style low table seating area. It can accommodate anywhere between 3 to 18 guests for receptions, celebrations, and other dining occasions. The 2nd floor, which has a more casual atmosphere, offers a single counter with 9 seats, and there is also a table seating area with 10 seats. The table seating has partitions that can separate each area for added privacy. This way guests can enjoy a semi-private dining space if they like.
The name, "Irusa," is a classical Japanese term that refers to the coming direction or time that the moon appears. The name suggests a tranquil evening with the moon in the sky, and with that in mind, the restaurant features a secluded private atmosphere that offers guests a quiet place of refuge in the city while they enjoy a first class dining experience.
* The availability of an English version of this page does not guarantee that the restaurant can provide services in English unless otherwise stated. Please be aware that, even if stated, there may still be days when English speaking staff are unavailable.
■A 3-minute walk from Jimbocho Station, Exit A5(Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line)
■A 7-minute walk from Ochanomizu Station, Exit Ochanomizubashi-guchi(JR Chuo Line)
■A 5-minute walk from Shin Ochanomizu Station, Exit B3b(Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line)