Cooking and going on a tour with Sato was a wonderful experience. The hours spent with him went beyond a simple learning and teaching exchange, thus Sato made us feel immediately comfortable in his small but cozy kitchen and it was like dining with friends, casual and pleasant. Sato is an experienced cook who will reveal his own secret recipes while sharing personal experiences that led him to choosing cooking as a profession. He s also very patient and will answer all your questions. After a delightful an tasty lunch, we went on a guided tour, discovering some of the neighborhood non touristic alleys, took a close look at Godzilla, strolled through Tokyo ‘s market place, a treasure land for collectors and anime funds. On my demand we made a short stop at a supermarket, I wanted to get accustomed to local products and ended the tour at the most elegant department store. I highly recommend this class and tour, if your are interested in non conventional but exciting and casual discovery.
reviewed by Marie D | Jan 2018
There was not much more to say then that this was a great experience to be had.
The recipe for our first bento was easy to make and tasted really good. Going to make this at home again. The tour he gave is interesting. He guides us into small ally's with all different restaurants and gives you a local insight of the neighborhood. After the picnic, we went to a high building that gave us an amazing view of Tokyo. In the end, he even gave us advice about shopping places and things you must see if you already there. Book him if you want a memorable day out!
Cooking a meal with Sato offers a unique experience that is disappearing in our times. We are offered the opportunity to learn to get more familiar with new ingredients and food while working with Sato, by helping him prep, cook and present a Japanese home-cooked meal. Sato is offering recipes that not only offer comfort, but are also delicious and beautiful. This is not food that we would find necessarily in restaurants. This is food that has been cooked daily over several generations, and which has been passed on to him from his grand-grand-mother to his mother. And what he has learned from these generations, he passes on to us his students. This is a style of meal we want to bring home and share with our friends. Sharing the meal prepared together is a real treat and reward, one of the best time we had in Japan.
Please do yourself a huge favor and book an authentic cooking experience from Sato! He is such a kind and gracious person. This is an intimate and fun experience that shouldn’t be missed. We feel like we made a real friend in Japan! Thank you, Sato-San for such a great experience. One of our favorite things on this vacation!
Sato's place was very warm and cozy. It was a very good opportunity to understand real Japanese homecooking! If you want to learn real homecooking which the Japanese make everyday, you should go to Sato's class. His recipes are very simple, delicious and healthy. Most of all, you can use it easily! That is why I strongly recommend his class!!
The cooking class with Sato was brilliant fun. We were welcomed into his home (in a cool neighbourhood in Shinjuku) and were shown how to make several Japanese “junk food” dishes (okonomiyaki, chikuwa fritters and pork yakisoba). He was well prepared - the ingredients, utensils and recipe cards were ready to go when we arrived. All the dishes were really tasty and will be easy to re-create now that we have returned home. After lunch Sato took us on a guided tour of nearby neighbourhoods (that aren’t in the guide books). Sato is a warm host, a great cooking teacher and an all-round awesome human. We booked this tour for our first day in Tokyo, it was the perfect introduction to Japan. Thanks Sato!
We met Sato and first impressions didn't disappoint. We walked a short distance back to his apartment (To be welcomed into his home was a real treat) where he had prepared the ingredients, recipe sheets and everything that we would need to cook with him. The option was there to be hands on or to sit back and watch. He explained everything as we went along. The food was beautiful and the was a lot to eat. Don't fill up before the lesson. After he cleaned up after us, he took us to some places that where interesting and as a tourist we would never of found. He picked up our bus fare and escorted us back to the train station when the tour was over. For a fun and casual cooking experience we would recommend Sato.