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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, 15 February 2015

Ruby Jacks, Roppongi ルビージャックス 六本木

When I went to Ruby Jacks in the south annex of Ark Hills I was basically expecting a poor man's version of Two Rooms - but it's really not like that at all. It's a very swish establishment in its own right, and more like business class whereas we might think of Two Rooms as first. Let's get this out of the way to start with - I like Two Rooms a lot, but after some surprisingly expensive dinners in the past I've kind of sworn off it. Even though it's a great location and lovely experience, I am not a millionaire in the league that can afford to drop 70,000 yen on a casual dinner for two.

Did I feel the same way about Ruby Jacks? Well, it's still very expensive, but I thought the food, service and atmosphere were all very good. My dining partner and I opted for the 10,000 yen course (which with wine and service, really gets the bill up there) but I'm really tempted to go back and try more things off their menu.

Our waiter allowed us to see the 1kg steaks available to order. There are some people who actually do, if you can believe it. Actually I believe it because I have seen ladies in New York at the Bull and Bear working their way through that amount of flesh!

Foie gras with three berries and cashew dust. I knew this was going to be a good dinner when I tasted it. Superb

Fried prawns with yuzu kosho remoulade -- very nice

150 gram John Dee fillet, done medium rare was excellent

It's carrot cake on a candied carrot slice. Cute

This one reminds me of Princess Leia's  hairstyle. I think it's cookies and ice cream with caramel sauce
Tel: 03-5544-8222

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Bon, Ebisu キッチン・ボン恵比寿

Bon, which is located in a basement about 5 minutes walk from the station, is one of Tokyo's most famous 'youshoku' restaurants. It's been a favourite over the years of talento and is run by a really old, cute couple. I'm not sure how much longer they'll be at it, but the unreconstructed classics from crab cream croquette to hayashi rice are all on offer.

The restaurant is in need of a good clean and it's not exactly cheap (almost 3,000 yen for a plate of hayashi rice), but I think you should go and try it just to get some taste of some of the best old-fashioned youshoku around.
Tel: 03-3461-8538

Il Buttero Italian Restaurant, Hiroo イタリア料理イル・ブッテロ広尾

Back in 2007 I wrote: Il Buttero is situated in a lane just off the Hiroo shopping street. It in a old house with a lovely tree outside. The food is your basic Italian and the attitude from the partially Italian staff is a bit macho, but basically it's a place for a good not too sophisticated Italian feed.

Nothing has changed in the basic offer since then, but the staff seemed a bit friendlier on a recent visit. It's really worth a try if you're after something a little bit different from the usual Italian joint in Tokyo, but still down to earth.

You certainly won't go hungry! This is the 6,000 yen course (you can choose either fish or meat). Sorry - I ate my dessert before I remembered to take a pic~
Tel: 03-3445-9545

Hashida Honten, Roppongi Hills  はし田本店六本木ヒルズ

Located in an annex to Roppongi Hills, Hashida Honten's speciality is udon. They are usually packed for lunch which is always a good sign. Prices are a little above average, but so is the quality.

Cool, modern wa design inside and out

Hot udon, chicken karaage and sesame dipping sauce

Eat and watch your meal being prepared. This makes me all the hungrier before the food arrives!

Cold udon, chicken karaage and sesame dipping sauce

Raw seaweed udon set

Making the noodles onsite
Tel: 03-3405-0809

Da Nino, Nogizaka リストランテ・ダ・ニーノ乃木坂

Da Nino is a pleasantly decorated Sicilian restaurant in Nogizaka, not too far from Midtown and about a 10 minute stroll from Aoyama 1-chome station. Chef Nino has been there to supervise proceedings every time I have visited over the years, and I have yet to have even an average meal. Just to make my point: anyone who knows me know I don't really like tomatoes raw, but the tomatoes here are something different. I actually look forward to them!

It's a little on the expensive side, but I have never resented in any way paying a bit more for this level of cooking. It's just as appropriate for a date, or a business lunch or dinner.
Tel: 03-3401-9466

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Ichi Ni San, Ginza いちにぃさん銀座

Ichi Ni San in Ginza (located in the basement of the Ginza Inz shopping arcade, near Hankyu) is the most amazing gem and unexpected pleasure. They specialise in pork from Kagoshima, Kyushu. At lunch, it's no more expensive than any ordinary teishoku store in Tokyo, but the quality of the food needs to be tasted to be believed. At night it turns into something more like an Izakaya, which I imagine must be amazing. Can't wait to try it in the evening too~

Try it for yourself and let me know if this isn't the best tasting pork teishoku in town!
Tel: 03-3535-1233