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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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Monday, 27 July 2015

Ristorante Yamazaki, Minami Aoyama リストランテ山崎南青山

Ristorante Yamazaki is on the second floor of a building not far from the big crematorium and cemetary at Aoyama (above the Ginza West cake store). But don't let that put you off - Aoyama cemetary is quite lovely, and a great place to view cherry blossoms in Spring.

Yamazaki is a very refined Italian restaurant with excellent food and very friendly service. On a recent visit (on a blistering hot summer's day) I sampled the 4,000 yen menu.


Gazpacho with shrimp, eggplant and stracciatella 




And, stupidly I forgot to take a photo of the main dessert - a delicious mango and bitter chocolate creation...

Monday, 20 July 2015

Tarantella da luigi, Shirokane タランテッラ ダ ルイジ白金

Tarantella da luigi is a pizza joint that is pretty well hidden in the back-blocks of Shirokane. It has more than the usual dose of authenticity with a fit-out that would take you right back to Naples.

The food is delicious, and there's such a range of antipasto, pastas, risottos, primos and secondos that the pizza seems like an afterthought (in fact, I forgot to take a picture of my very adequate mushroom margherita). Very enjoyable place and great food. The prices are expensive though so don't budget for a cheap evening!

You can eat that little critter there on the mixed antipasto place  whole! 


 Summer truffles with pork ravioli (really good)

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Hotel de Mikuni, Wakaba  オテルドゥミクニ若葉

No dining blog in Tokyo would be complete without a post on Hotel de Mikuni. This Tokyo institution, which opened way back in 1985, is located in a residential area that's kind of hard to describe: sort of between Aoyama and Shinjuku. In any case, definitely use a map!

I have been wanting to try Mikuni for over a decade, but never had quite the right occasion until my colleague, celebrating her 30th anniversary of starting out in Japan, suggested it. When she had arrived in Tokyo, Mikuni was the last word in style and the place to see and be seen. This is no longer the case, but place does still exude a certain glamour and sense of place. Mr Mikuni's intelligent and artful presence is stamped all over.

After being led through the kitchen to our table (I believe this may be a more recent touch, with the overall diner experience in mind) we were seated at a table in a dining room packed to the rafters with elegant obasans and a few trailing spouses sprinkled around the room.

Well, onto the food. Absolutely faultless. Not the most innovative around, but that's not what this place is about. I have a theory that French restaurants in Tokyo continue to perfect the style of cuisine that was in vogue at the time the chef studied in France. This may or may not be the case here, but as I tell myself that, the sense that I may be stepping a little bit back in time really adds to the enjoyment.


Summer compote of summer vegetables with 'Ayu'

Salmon 'mi-cuit' with a delicious sorrel sauce

Matsuzaka beef with truffles

Plum fromage blanc

Sorbet and blanc manger

Petit fours
Tel: 03-3351-3810

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Restaurant Abbesses, Ebisu レストランアベス恵比寿

One of the things I appreciate about Tokyo is the (relative) abundance of authentically decked-out French bistros. Abbesses in Ebisu is one of these, and I am happy to report that the cooking is a notch above your usual purveyor of steak frites and beer.

Heart healthy it is not, but delicious it is!

Foie gras and brioche

Langoustine ravioli

Heavenly wagyu

Bread pudding in orange sauce

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Restaurant Feu, Nogizaka レストランフウ乃木坂

Restaurant Feu's official address is Minami Aoyama, but in reality it's right outside the entrance to Nogizaka station, on Gaienhigashi Dori near Tokyo Midtown. I have been walking past it for about three years as it's on the way to my office, but never dared to try it as it looked so damn expensive.

In cases such as this, it is best to be taken and it was with much excitement that a good friend offered to take me there for lunch. I can confirm that lunch was rather costly, but the food and service were superb - actually well worth the price.

I would highly recommend Feu when you need to put on a decent business lunch or for a somewhat special occasion.