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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, 26 May 2013

Restaurant J, Minami Azabu/ Hiroo レストラン&ビストロ J南麻布

I had been to Restaurant J for lunch a few years back and remember being pretty pleased with it. So I was happy when a friend invited me there for dinner so I could try it out again. The restaurant, with its contemporary fit out, is located on the second floor of a modern building not far from the National Azabu supermarket.

The service is a little stiff, but the food is good and, overall, I think the price performance is pretty good. The restaurant is quite dimly lit, so not a bad setting for a date. Well worth a try!

That's some table setting they have there!

Rillette as an amuse

Seafood terrine and asparagus

Bread was delicious - couldn't stop asking for more!

Wagyu and foie gras parcel, was insanely rich and delicious!

Another birthday dessert :)

Tel: 03-5798-9070

La Provence Gourmand Olivier, Gakugei Daigaku ラ プロヴァンス グルマンド オリヴィエ学芸大学

Gakugei Daigaku is probably not the place you'd expect to find a Provençal restaurant but then again, given the eclectic and wonderful nature of Tokyo dining (even in the suburbs), perhaps of course that's where you'd find one. After years of passing through Gakugei Daigaku on the Toyoko line on the way to work, I've recently had the opportunity to explore the place a bit further. It's really a pleasant area and there are a lot of what seem like newly opened bars and izakaya under the train line, which will be worth a try at some point.

I digress. La Provence Gourmand Olivier is a bit of a mouthful to say, but it's in no way pretentious. It is a family run restaurant which meets the usual high standard of Tokyo's middle of the road French fare. The theme, of course, is Provençal, implying a lighter, brighter, "summery" fare that (in my understanding) uses more olive oil than butter and more tomato than northern cuisine.

Pictured below is their "top of the range" course. It was as good as looks!

Tel: 03-5722-2550

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Bouquet de France, Roppongi ブーケ・ド・フランス六本木

Bouquet de France is a nice little French restaurant over the road and down from Tokyo Midtown. On a recent visit for lunch I was very happy with the food and its price performance. It didn't hurt my mood that it was my birthday ;-)

Amuse of rillette en croute

Croque monsieur with sakura ebi (tiny dried shrimps) on salad. The shrimp really adds an interesting dimension over and above the cheese - interesting!

Warm onion tart was delicious

Sea bass


A nice little birthday touch!
Tel: 03-3497-1488

Mother's, Roppongi Hills マザーズ六本木ヒルズ

Given the quality of the food and general experience, I was surprised how few fellow diners there were on a Friday night at Mother's, a modern izakaya in the recently-refreshed Roppongi Hills. I have to admit when I stood outside waiting for my dining partner to arrive I got the impression Mother's was just a bar, not a restaurant - so there may be some confusion around the concept holding its patrongage back. The theme of this izakaya is food that's good for your body, so I guess your mother would approve (get it? "Mother's"). The food's probably a bit too delicious to really call it health food, but the quality and integrity of the ingredients in their dishes is noticeably superior to the average.

Their specialities are fugu and suppon (turtle) ryori. I have to say that neither of those really attract me, but if you're feeling a bit adventurous you may enjoy it. Overall I'd be very happy to go back to Mother's, especially as you can walk out after a delicious meal without the feeling of not overdoing it - which is really important when you eat out a lot and are thinking of your health.

The front area really looks like kind of a bar, but there are more classic tables further back inside.

Otooshi of green tofu with ikura.  

That's some light fitting (needed a bit of a dust though)

Excellent bagna cauda -veges were superb and came with delicious dipping sauces of mayo, miso and gochujang

This looks like a fairly ordinary potato bake with ham and cheese, but it was divine. The potatoes were really fresh.

From left to right, scallop with chilli, a dish of all the scallop "bits" in butter, chopped onion. All went on the gas brazier.

Octopus with chilli

Katsu of tuna - makes for a bit of a change from the usual pork. I'm not sure if I'd order that one again. As my dining partner opined, if you have good quality tuna you should eat it as sashimi.

Cold noodles to finish
Tel: 03-5413-9577