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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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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

Monday, 16 September 2013

Gianicolo, Azabu Juban ピッツェリア ロマーナ ジャニコロ 麻布十番

Great little basement pizzeria in the middle of Azabu Juban. Bit on the pricey side, but excellent quality ingredients and friendly service.


Sunday, 15 September 2013

Le Berkeley, Shirokane ル ベルクレイ白金

The Shirokane basement restaurant, Le Berkeley, has been on my list for some time, primarily as I have walked past its ground floor sign many times and thought, "wow a French restaurant near to home I haven't tried". Now I can't say that any more. Being underground, I was expecting a dimly lit, moody little hole in the wall. Instead I found a brightly lit space which, to be honest, I found to be kind of lacking character. Our server too, while polite, was not particularly genki. It was a shaky start to the evening.

However the food is really rather good, and more than made up for the charm deficit in the surroundings. I'll certainly be back at some point or another, whenever I need a local fix of delicious French food.

Amuse of katsuo

Ayu pâté

Foie gras with carrot and cumin. The aspic had a strong flavour (balsamic) which went really well with the foie gras.

My dining partner's mousse of "Sea Squirt" (tastes better than it sounds)

Sanma tart served with banyuls giblet purée (quite bitter but not unpleasant)

Braised hamo

Delicious wagyu rump steak

My dining partner's rabbit. I had a little and thought it seemed a bit dry, but my friend was very happy with ir

'Avant dessert'


Cassis pudding
Tel: 03-6310-2378

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Antichi Sapori, Minami Azabu アンティキサポーリ南麻布

If there's one thing I like in people and restaurants, it's generosity - and the level of generosity at the newly opened Antichi Sapori in Hiroo is something that will not fail to impress. You are probably familiar with the location - in Gaien Nishi Dori between Hiroo and Nishi Azabu, because it's where the expat wives' second home aka Cicada used to be.

The food is Puglia style, a southern region of Italy which is basically the heel of the boot. There are three set menus and my dining partner and I opted for the least expensive 2,800 option. I have no idea how anyone could eat more at lunch than what they provided for that price - a range of tapas style dishes followed by a pasta (that we split up), then two desserts, unlimited limoncello and amaro and a great coffee. 

On the way out we were offered our choice of olive oil, amaro, limoncello, breadsticks, nuts and dried fruits to take home. Wow - it was like a wedding where you get free stuff! Of course, they're trying to curry favour to drum up business for this relatively large restaurant, and business did seem a bit slow on the day we visited. Nevertheless, I really think it's worth your while checking it out. We need to do our bit to support restaurants that are trying so hard, and delivering an experience well beyond the everyday.

Domimique? Well I give them points for trying~

Little toast with delicious Puglia olive oil

Tomato soup

Eggplant and cheese

Stringly mozarella

Cold bread salad


Ricotta and candied celery

Pumpin and cheese bake

Rucola, dried ricotta (I think) and tomato (can't remember the name of the pasta)

Sausage and tomato pasta (thick chewy noodles, again can't remember the name)

Sugar almonds and orange peel

Ricotta, chocolate and dried fruits

Baba and zabaglione

Limoncello and Amaro (all you can drink, even though I didn't have a drop!)

Tel: 03-03-6277-2073