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, 2 March 2014

Bistro Quotidien, Azabu Juban ビストロ・コティディアン麻布十番

Bistro Quotidien is one of my neighbourhood favourites and though I've been several times in the past, I've never posted about it. When I had dinner there recently, I can definitely say that the cooking was the best so far. Really memorable, and great value for 10,000 a head with a decent Vaillons chablis.

Mind your manners with the chef though. He told off the ladies at the party at the adjacent table to sit down as they were getting up to take lots of photos (which I appreciated), and he flat refuses to split bills on credit cards. Not quite the 'soup nazi' but he's got potential. Respect!

Nodokuro (I think) tartare

The white asparagus with ham, truffle and poached egg was DElicious!

This sausage had an unexpected and amazingly yummy orange accent to it

Onion gratin soup

This quenelle/ fish wrapped in cabbage with crustacean sauce was scrumptious

Creme caramel - strong egg flavour and caramel made for a match made in heaven

Tarte tartin
Tel: 03-6435-3241

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Hearth, Ebisu ハース恵比寿

If you don't plan ahead, getting a table for brunch in Tokyo is a bit of a quest. Thank goodness for Open Table which takes all the work out of it if your back is to the wall. As a result of a trawl through the listings of places with a table for brunch the same day in Tokyo I found Hearth in Ebisu. For 2,000 yen you can get a three course meal, representing excellent value. HELLO, THAT'S LIKE ONLY 20 BUCKS!!! Everything was pretty nice, all in all and a great time was had by all.

They also serve fondue, which I may try next time!

Ratatouille with poached egg

Avocado and shrimp



Beef cheek

Stewed pork

Marron crêpe

Berry crêpe

Caramelised apple crêpe
Tel: 03-6416-9830

Friday, 20 December 2013

Isola, Shirokane 白金イゾラ

When Isola opened, I think around ten years ago, I remember it was wildly popular. I really like pizza but I'm not that into going to pizza restaurants, so I never really gave it much thought. However when recently I was stumped for ideas for Italian restaurants around Shirokane I thought I'd give it a go.

There's nothing better on a cold winter's night than sitting near a big wood-fired pizza oven such as they have at Isola. But even more than the warmth from the oven, the food really hit the spot.

This place is expensive, so don't budget on a cheap slap-up pizza meal. Nevertheless, if you're a bit jaded about your usual bla bla local Italian, this could be just what you're looking for.

Want one of those ovens at home!

Rocket and parmesan salad

The pasta with black truffle and cream sauce TO DIE FOR. There's a more expensive Alba truffle option as well (tongue hangs out at I write this)...

The seafood pizza is the BEST I have ever eaten (and no cheese at all!)

Tiramisu was nothing to write home about but finished off the meal pleasantly
Tel: 03-5447-2733

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Magoemon, Ebisu 孫ヱ門恵比寿

Magoemon is an izakaya in the hinterland of Ebisu 2-chome. The speciality of the house is their homemade tofu which they prepare at your table. They bring a little pot over with soy milk, add a magic ingredient (I must look up how one actually makes tofu), then you wait seven minutes and it's done. I had no idea you could do that!

The food is pretty good overall, and very happy to recommend it. If you can read the menu, it's probably also not such a bad place to take a foreign guest as it's unpretentious but just special enough to flatter your judgement.


Sanma sashimi

Daikon and mushroom salad (tasty!)

This is where they add the magic ingredient to the soy milk to make tofu


Mushroom tempura

...the finished tofu. it was delicious with some salt and sesame oil

Raw soy crab
Tel: 03-3461-3055

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Botan, Shibaura 牡丹芝浦

My Japanese teacher had been begging me to visit Botan in Shibaura for about two years before we finally came up with the idea of going together. Great move - we had a lovely course lunch in a private room in the multi-storey house of traditional-style Japanese entertainment that is Botan. Well worth a visit if you want to go somewhere that screams "Japan!" (if a somewhat retro version) - especially if you're planning to dine with a larger group.

Nameko with grated radish and chrysthanthemum/ jellied conger eel


Scallop with wakame (seaweed) and tofu sauce


Stewed Ayu. The so-called 'sweetfish' really is sweet!

You eat it all!

Eggplant with miso and salted mackerel

Beautiful chawan

If grapes are your thing, this is the dessert for you!
Tel: 03-3452-8821