Hello! I'm Sato. I’m a cooking teacher. I teach Japanese home-style dishes for foreign visitors @ my apartment in Shinjuku,Tokyo. Are you into cooking Japanese food? Do you wanna feel more familiar with Japanese culture through cooking? If you are one of them, why don't you join my class? In my class, I'll introduce not only standard home-style dishes, but also will introduce various kinds of Japanese food such as Western Style Japanese food, Junk food, Spicy food, Exotic food and so on. You would be totally surprised at the variety of food you cook, but eventually you would feel very close to Japan!
What I liked: Meeting Sato-san was my highlight! He welcomed us into his home kitchen and shared everything that he knows about preparing Japanese staples like miso soup and rice. He shared his mother’s homemade miso with us and showed us how to properly make miso soup from start to finish. Sato-san was so excited to share his rice burger recipe with us because he wants travelers to experience this local favorite! His recipe was also extremely delicious!
What to know: Take the class with the tour! That would be my biggest tip. Exploring Tokyo’s hidden gems with Sato-san will give you an unforgettable experience.
Good for: People interested in getting to know Tokyo and Japanese food with a local.
How to get there: Shinjuku metro station.
The menu changes depending on the day of the week. We’ll cook one of the menus with 2 to 4 items.
Menu for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday
Let’s make standard Japanese combination meal! When you eat, you are already Japanese.
Donburis is ‘Japanese Rice Bowl dish’ consisting with meat, fish and vegetable simmered together and served over rice. Lastly, put your love and soul in a bowl please!
Let’s make Japanese lunch box and go on a picnic!
Miso soup with pork and vegetable. Tonjiru is Japanese gorgeous Miso soup!
Menu for Wednesday and Thursday
Japanese style curry. It is our Soul food! Feel the wind blowing from India through England in Japan.You can’t go home without having it!
(Okonomiyaki/ お好み焼き・Katsusand / カツサンド・Riceburger / ライスバーガー・Kara-age & Beer / 唐揚げとビール・Yakisoba / 焼きそば・Gyoza / 餃子)
We love to pig out sometimes! We love junk food, Why not?
Menu for Friday and Saturday
Temaki-sushi is self-hand-rolled-sushi! We often enjoy it with family at home or at a party! Saturday is Temaki day in Japan! Do you know that?
The meeting point is at the East Exit of JR SHINJUKU (in front of KOBAN)
Meeting time will be like the following: Morning class: 10:30AM Evening class: 6PM
You will receive the confirmation of your booking's availability within 24 hours. Once confirmed, please present your booking reference number at the cooking school.
Full refund will be issued for cancellation made at least 48 hours prior to the activity
Shortly after I arrived to Tokyo, I learned how to make Kara-age with Sato San. His instructions to find him at the The Shinjuku Station were simple and accurate. He gave me a copy of the recipes and walked me through the processes. I love his stories and his charming kitchen. We made his famous miso soup along with other salads. He also taught me tricks on how to cook rice. I loved ignoring so much I went back to learn how to make bento boxes and I even brought two friends. We had a blast and learned so much! I highly recommend booking this experience. You’ll leave full, educated and with a new friend in Tokyo!
Sato san is an ultimate chef, an awesome teacher and a wonderful person! I had great time cooking a tasty and authentic Japanese meal with him and I learned so much! I would love to and I likely will take a part in his class again. If you're visiting Tokyo and you need to choose one cooking class, this should be it. I recommend this class 100%.
This was one of the best things I did on my recent trip. Sato-san is very welcoming and will make you feel at home in his little apartment. This is a small group, intimate, session working together in Sato's kitchen. We cooked some common foods that Japanese would make for their families on an average day. It was great to learn about what people normally eat and drink and not just when they go out for occasions at restaurants. Sato is very open in sharing his family history and their traditions through food. I learned a great deal and would recommend this for anyone looking for good food and recipes they can easily take home and replicate.
Sato's class was amazing! He shared so much history behind the food he makes and why he cooks and is a lovely person to talk to. On top of that, he was a great teacher, and helped us to create some delicious gyoza, miso soup and other sides. I would highly recommend his class!
Cooking with Sato was an amazing truly japan experience! He explained us so many things about Japanese cuisine, ingredients and tools, and about Tokyo and Japanese culture as well! It was all very interesting! We had a really good time and a great dinner! We definitely recommend to cook with Sato in his cozy flat, he has been a great chef and great host :)
Sato was great, very friendly and knowledgeable about Japanese cooking. We made miso, teriyaki chicken, fried fish and veggies - all delicious and all in casual Japanese style. He gave us lots of tips about Japanese cooking and Japan in general. Would highly recommend a course with Sato!
Satoru Endo thankyou very much for your cooking class. You accommodated all my requests happily, and your passion of Japanese cooking and culture was very evident. Your instructions and communication was very clear and it was nice to get a handout with the recipes we cooked. The tour around Shinjuku was an added bonus to the class and the group photos were an added treat. Thanks very much for sharing everything with us.
It was freezing cold in Tokyo on the 3rd day of the New Year when the city was pretty quiet (with the locals still on holiday and most tourists on their way home). After having a bowl of hot soba noodles inside the Shinjuku station, I met up with Sato-san at the designated meeting point – the quivering Sato-san was holding the Comburger signboard, waiting for me, the only student that morning (Lucky me - it was a private one-to-one cooking class!!! ) Weird that I followed a stranger to his place without hesitation? Well, I did Muay Thai training in Thailand (so I believe I am more dangerous, LOL) and, of course, I trust my intuition……. The recipes that morning were: okonomiyaki (savory pancakes), yakisoba (stir fry noodles), chikuwa tempura (deep fried fish cakes) with wasabi mayo dipping sauce. As a fan of Japanese cuisine and frequent visitor to Japan, I was not initially impressed by these recipes but Sato-san did manage to add characters and originality to the dishes, I must say I had the best okonomiyaki which I would be delighted to replicate in my own kitchen. The stir fry noodles with yuzu vinegar and the chikuwa tempura were also awesome. Comburger is definitely a hidden gem for people who would like to take a look at what and how locals cook on a daily basis. As a bonus probably, you would be amazed by the background of Sato-san who speaks with an American accent, was educated in the US, and worked as a photographer. Sato-san also designs innovative recipes for local restaurants.
My wife and I took the cooking class and it was one of our highlights in Tokyo. Sato is not only an amazing chef but he also takes very good care of all organization. If you are looking for a great overall experience you should go with Sato as your host. 5 stars! Cheers Kadir
Satki speaks great English! Comes from a long line of cooks. The food we made with him was simple, easy to execute, but robust in flavor. He even took us to a grocery store and suggested some igredients for us to take back home with us.
I will try not to repeat similar experiences in this review which you can find from other users who wrote their own above or below. Comburger is a Japanese home-style cooking class that you will learn how to make easy, delicious, and authentic Japanese home-style food taught in English or Japanese by Sato-san. You will have the option to choose a 10:30 AM morning class or a 6:00 PM night class at his small apartment in Shinjuku. Due to the size of his property, a maximum of three people is allowed for each session and it lasts approximately 2 to 3 hours. You will learn around 2 to 3 recipes each lesson chosen by Sato-san and the menu for each day is different. For example, I made burdock salad, deep fried chikuwa, and teriyaki chicken. Please do note that you may not have the option to choose the recipe that you learn. Sato-san will send you an email to confirm your booking and provide you the details of how and where to meet at the East Exit of the JR Shinjuku Station. He will greet you with a warm smile with your name written on a placard and you will have fun conversations with him to make you feel comfortable and relaxed while guiding you to his apartment. Sato-san is extremely friendly and thoughtful to his students. For example, he brought an extra umbrella for me because it was raining that day. In terms of the learning experience, I had many chances to do various types of hands-on work such as frying. Sato-san not only taught me the basic recipes, but he also gave me tips to processes that require special care. You are given the recipes with all the necessary and extra details provided afterwards. In my opinion, the best part of the lesson was how Sato-san created a fun, personal, and friendly environment at his place. This made me felt like I was actually visiting an old friend's home instead of an actual lesson. For example, he always filled me up with joy and excitement! In addition, I learned a lot of different perspectives of the Japanese culture through the conversations we had. For example, we discussed about some of Sato-san's family history while having our food which allowed me to understand the Japanese culture in a more personal and deeper view. Sato-san's passion to teach people about Japanese food and his culture had really filled me with joy. I learned a lot about Japanese culture through our conversations. I recommend Comburger to anyone who wants to learn more about Japanese culture and meet a passionate teacher! Fun Fact about Comburger: In my opinion, it is worth mentioning about how Comburger was named. Sato-san's dream is to bring joy to everyone around the world by cooking rice burgers. Comburger was created because "com" means rice in Vietnamese. Hence, the title contained Sato-san's dream and passion. I can really feel his passion and joy during his lessons!
Booking Sato's class was one of the best decisions we have made during our trip to Japan. Due to some rainy days we had chosen to book a cooking class quiet spontaneously and it turned out to be a wonderful experience. The dishes were delicious and Sato such a nice host. We can't wait to try the recipes at home. Thanks Sato!!
Why would you want to learn how to make sushi, leave that to the experts behind the sushi bar at your local Asian Restaurant. However, if you want to know and want to learn what Japanese eat on daily basis, if you want to know what families eat at home, if you want to know how to prepare and enjoy these dishes, then COMBURGER, is the place. Sato is your host in his Shinjuku apartment, you and two others will be treated to a fantastic experience. A cozy, environment, all hands on, really simplistic with the objective of a truly healthy Japanese meal. Do not miss it if in Tokyo! My fun event was making an awesome bento box meal. Yes, Bento box, but nothing like you will ever get a chain restaurant or store bought. A Miso soup like no other, and teriyaki chicken that really "shines". Teriyaki means shine!!! The other delicacies in the box are so easy to prepare and will be a knock out homerun at any dinner party. Even the rice was prepared in the true traditions of Japanese cooking.
Sato was an incredible person both when showing us the ropes of the cooking and telling us about himself and his experiences, with a great sense of humour and a wealth of life experience. The food was absolutely delicious and we learned each of the steps along the way in detail, getting hands on to create four dishes and then eat together in Sato's cozy apartment. On top of all that, he went above and beyond and helped us out at the supermarket when we asked for advice on which ingredients to buy to take home. I cannot recommend this enough. Fantastic.
A kindy and nice person that shares with you the japanese traditions plats. A happy moment!
Lovely atmosphere, really enjoyable night. Very laid back. Sato answered all our questions and even helped us to book a reservation for a restaurant during our time in Tokyo! Food was great, we made oconomiyaki and left feeling very full!!
Sato changed the menu for me. He was the perfect teacher and host. Thanks for the best Okonomiyaki ever! I look forward to cooking this back home in Australia.