During his recent trip to Japan, President Obama had dinner with Prime Minister Abe at "Sukiyabashi Jiro," the sushi restaurant featured in the acclaimed documentary film "Jiro Dreams of Sushi." Abe actually wanted to treat Obama to some tempura, but he couldn't score a table.

"Tempura Kondo" is where Abe wanted to take Obama. This tempura restaurant in the Ginza district of Tokyo (Jiro's is also in Ginza) has a two star Michelin rating, and the average price per person is a reasonable 20,000 yen. Granted, expensive for tempura, but if the Prime Minister of Japan wants to impress the President of the United States and decides on this place, you know it's world class.

Unfortunately for Abe and Obama, Tempura Kondo had no space for them. Customers often make reservations months in advance, and the owner refused to slide anybody's reservation just so some politicians could eat his food. "I can't cancel a paying customer, I don't care if it's for a President or whoever," said Mr. Kondo.

The tempura master:


Small and cozy.