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The Michelin Guide has consistently awarded more stars to Tokyo dining establishments than any other city in the world. I created this blog as my personal Tokyo restaurant guide, but I hope you will also enjoy reading it. If you have been to any of the same places feel free to leave some comments about your own experiences.

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Sunday, 31 July 2016

Chez Matsuo, Shoto シェ松尾松濤

Chez Matsuo is one of the absolute standards in Tokyo dining, so it's really hard to offer up an excuse for never having been there. Recently for a summery lunch on a holiday Monday I put that right.

The restaurant is situated in ritzy Shoto, which is a quick walk from the hustle bustle of Shibuya. But Shoto is a world away. It is a place of conspicuous wealth and privilege you might never even imagine is in Tokyo, even if you have lived here many years. It's fun sometimes to visit such a place and dream.

And what is the local canteen of the upper crust? Well I suspect it's right at Chez Matsuo. The establishment itself, which has been open since 1980, is a fine old-school French restaurant in a delightful old bungalow. It's hard to believe that such a lovely house is still standing in modern day Tokyo and who knows for how long.

And the food. Well I was expecting some pretty good quality fare, and was not disappointed. Everything was excellent, and the service could not have been friendlier or more professional. To top it off, the lunch menu is far from being outrageously priced.

I could not recommend this place more highly!

Many pleasures are to be found behind this gate...


Yes, that's leopard skin trim on the ceiling!

Pol Roger. What else?

Beautiful champagne glasses

Corn blanc manger with a madelaine of ham and confit tomato


 Scallop with lobster emulsion and bulgur risotto

 Mackerel with cresson coulis


Kiwifruit mouth refresher


The fish of day (kinmedai) was absolutely delicious! Served with orange syrup and curried prawn


The main was a delicious roast pork with Lyonnaise potato and white beans


Dessert was an amazing collection of flavours! Mango, coconut, lime, cream, pastry and apple. Followed by coffee and petit fours~
Tel: 03-3485-0566

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Lasagne Lasagne, Kita Aoyama ラザーニャ・ラザーニャ北青山

The lasagne at Lasagne Lasagne is so good I went twice in one week! Evidently something rubbed my up the right way about the experience. It's a casual, friendly Italian restaurant on the top floor of a building next to the building site that used to be Aoyama Bell Commons.

As you might have guessed, their specialty is lasagne. All types you could imagine and with changing weekly specials. This week it was octopus and chilli (surprisingly tasty) and whitebait with cabbage. The other varieties I've tried this week are sausage and raclette, and chicken and pistaccio cream. Their basic bolognese style lasagne has clove in the meat, which elevates an otherwise standard dish.

The sides are delicious too. I sampled an excellent 'Lasagne Lasagne salad', and a great grilled scallop and bean terrine. Desserts are not bad either.

All in all, a great casual, reasonably priced establishment with an interesting twist.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Steak House Hama, Roppongi ステーキハウスハマ 六本木

It was with much excitement that I accepted the invitation to lunch by a friend to celebrate my birthday at Steak House Hama, Roppongi.

Wow, what a treat! The restaurant is just around the corner from my office and I've been walking past it for a couple of years now, wondering what lies behind the front door of that smart townhouse.

Well, I can report that lots of delicious food is the answer! Pure luxury. Please enjoy the visual feast as much as I enjoyed the actual one.

Very pretty arrangement of the garlic we were later to enjoy with our steak

This is foie gras with apple and a seaweedy sauce (interesting combination)



Preparing abalone

Delicious abalone

And the main event

Garlic rice to finish the savoury courses

And then a special birthday platter!
Tel: 03-3403-1717

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Hinokizaka Ritz Carlton Roppongi (Teppanyaki) ひのきざか六本木

I've been back to Hinokizaka at the Ritz; this time for a teppanyaki lunch. Like the bento, this basic teppanyaki set is 5,000 yen. But basic it is not. The pictures attest to another fine culinary experience that doesn't break the bank. 
Tel: 03-3423-8000

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Trader Vics New Otani Kioicho トレーダーヴィックスホテルニューオータニ

I don't know if I should be embarrassed by this or not, but it's time that I finally came out and admitted it. Trader Vics at the New Otani is one of my favourite restaurants in Tokyo, if not my actual favourite.

It has everything working against it. It's in a big hotel, it's way too expensive, it's hopelessly retro (and not on purpose), despite the theme it's not really Polynesian at all, their hors d'oeuvres are called 'pu-pu' and the cocktails have politically incorrect dolls and made in China American flags in them. But I just bloody love it. The food is excellent, the service is really good and the setting is just so fun.

I've been there in the evening a few times, once for lunch during the week and once on Sunday when they have their buffet. I prefer going in the evening, but that is the most expensive, please be warned.