I visited this place twice in a span of two days. Not because I was madly deeply in love with it (believe me, I have done that before). Rather, the first visit yielded negative results. It was fully reserved hence no lunch deal. The next day was way better as we were the first in line. KIEN is a michelin star restaurant that is worth a try.
It looks like a normal place. It's in a residential area and is surrounded by houses. You won't really know that KIEN is there other than a front loaded garden with a small sign on top.
Going for full on courses would require reservations. Other than that, the lunch sets are pretty much affordable and are on a first come first serve basis. There's actually two types to pick from and both of them are pretty good. Once has deep fried fish and some sweet pork.
From my understanding, they sometimes change certain parts of the set to go with the season. The pork was tender while the tuna was mixed with a sort of sesame dressing making it wonderful to eat.
The other set was somewhat different in a sense that you have to mix different components to make your bowl. The seafood is already marinated and you actually add a bit of broth to your rice with it. We were glad that there were a couple of Japanese ladies that were able to teach us how to eat it. Thankfully, they were able to speak in English and were a delight to speak with.
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For the price and the quality of the food, I can say that it's worth a visit. Maybe next time, you could go for the kaiseki or the multi course Japanese set KIEN is known for. It may be a bit expensive but it's definitely one of the reasons why this restaurant has a Michelin Star. Don't forget to check out their operating hours and that they're also close during Sundays. Cheers
2 Chome-18-8 Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo 107-0052, Japan
3 minute walk from Gate 12 of Tameike-Sanno Station, Tokyo Metro
5 minute walk from Gate 3 of Roppongi-Itchome Station, Tokyo Metro Namboku Line
7 minute walk from Gate 5b of Akasaka Station, Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line