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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, 29 May 2016

Steak House Hama, Roppongi ステーキハウスハマ 六本木

It was with much excitement that I accepted the invitation to lunch by a friend to celebrate my birthday at Steak House Hama, Roppongi.

Wow, what a treat! The restaurant is just around the corner from my office and I've been walking past it for a couple of years now, wondering what lies behind the front door of that smart townhouse.

Well, I can report that lots of delicious food is the answer! Pure luxury. Please enjoy the visual feast as much as I enjoyed the actual one.

Very pretty arrangement of the garlic we were later to enjoy with our steak

This is foie gras with apple and a seaweedy sauce (interesting combination)



Preparing abalone

Delicious abalone

And the main event

Garlic rice to finish the savoury courses

And then a special birthday platter!
Tel: 03-3403-1717

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Hinokizaka Ritz Carlton Roppongi (Teppanyaki) ひのきざか六本木

I've been back to Hinokizaka at the Ritz; this time for a teppanyaki lunch. Like the bento, this basic teppanyaki set is 5,000 yen. But basic it is not. The pictures attest to another fine culinary experience that doesn't break the bank. 
Tel: 03-3423-8000

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Trader Vics New Otani Kioicho トレーダーヴィックスホテルニューオータニ

I don't know if I should be embarrassed by this or not, but it's time that I finally came out and admitted it. Trader Vics at the New Otani is one of my favourite restaurants in Tokyo, if not my actual favourite.

It has everything working against it. It's in a big hotel, it's way too expensive, it's hopelessly retro (and not on purpose), despite the theme it's not really Polynesian at all, their hors d'oeuvres are called 'pu-pu' and the cocktails have politically incorrect dolls and made in China American flags in them. But I just bloody love it. The food is excellent, the service is really good and the setting is just so fun.

I've been there in the evening a few times, once for lunch during the week and once on Sunday when they have their buffet. I prefer going in the evening, but that is the most expensive, please be warned.



Friday, 13 May 2016

Cot, Nishi Azabu コット西麻布

I've found another great little French restaurant in central Tokyo. Cot in Nishi Azabu, just down from the Eneos near the crossing is a lovely French restaurant situated in a basement. What's good about the setting is that the floor plan is quite crooked which gives you plenty of privacy.

The food is excellent. On a recent visit, I was lucky enough to be taken here and we took the omakase menu, which allows you to sample various items that you can also order a la carte if you so choose.

Salmon, cream, apple and sakura leaf

Truffle pie (to die for)

Crab with flying fish roe

Foie gras and caramelised banana


Lobster and mac (my dining partner's, but I scored some)

Lamb pie

Coconut blanc manger

Earl grey creme brulee

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Kushitoku, Dogenzaka 串徳 道玄坂

Kushikatsu is one of life's little treats. As it is basically pieces of deep fried anything and everything, eating it all the time would be bad for your health. But for meeting up with a good friend and chatting over beer and sake, nothing else could be more perfect.

Kushitoku is a little establishment in one of the more respectable streets of Dogenzaka. It's run by a mother and a son who are both very friendly and totally dedicated to your tummy. The deal is that they pour whatever you want in copious amounts and keep the food coming until you tell them to stop.

Just my type of place!


Tel: 03 3461 6669

Monday, 9 May 2016

Aman Tokyo, Otemachi

One of Tokyo's newer glamour hotels is the Aman Tokyo. If you detect a pattern in the newer glamour hotel format in Japan it is the tower lobby, fantastic view, modern Japanese fit out etc

Not that I'm bored or anything...

In any case, if you find yourself at a loose end and don't want to take out a mortgage to have dinner you could try Aman for lunch some time. Here are some pics of their lunch set from a recent visit.

Octopus, new potato, black olive oil, glehnia (??) root

Milanese veal cutlet

Tel: 03-5224-3333