"Yakatabune" is a Japanese traditional boat. From on board, you can admire a view of the beautiful landscape of Tokyo. Booking is necessary before you join this cruise, so please make sure to check the cruise schedule. The cost varies depending on specific routes and choice of food options. All in all, a cruise on this boat is perfect for a special date. If you wish to learn more, please contact Harumiya.
Using a minimalist but highly artistic approach to food, Chef Yoshihiro Narisawa offers up a fusion of flavors that can neither be defined as solely Japanese or French cuisine but uses the techniques of both. NARISAWA in Aoyama is the ideal choice for those in search of fine-dining that will excite the senses and leave you in awe. The deceptively simple decor here belies overall attention to detail that culminates in seasonal cuisine dishes that combine organic and sustainable ingredients. A true fusion of Japanese culture and French technique is offered here, in dishes that are exquisite in taste and visually beautiful as well. A visit to this multiple award-winning restaurants is for all those who are looking to explore new tastes.
Chef Joel Robuchon's name is synonymous with fine French cuisine, making his restaurants some of the most famous in the world. In fact, in 1990 he was voted Chef of the Century, and in 1994 his restaurant in Paris was voted Best in the World. Needless to say, dining at a Robuchon restaurant is a very special experience. Joel Robuchon now also has several ateliers (workshops), the Tokyo branch of which opened in 2003. Instead of the setup of a traditional restaurant, with tables evenly spread out, most of the diners at this unique venue are seated at a large bar that surrounds the kitchen, where they can watch the chefs prepare dishes right in front of them. The food is contemporary French and can safely be said to be both very delicious and very expensive. The menu is seasonal and changes daily, and reservations are highly recommended, though sometimes a few seats are saved just for walk-ins.
One of the fanciest and most beautiful restaurants in Yokohama is the Azamino Ukai-Tei restaurant. In a beautifully set up garden, and a western-styled manor, the restaurant offers a garden view from every room. The finest food is served here from carefully and freshly picked ingredients from around the globe. The restaurant serves 2 types of courses namely the Grand Course and the Lunch Course. The interiors are grandly done, giving the place a rustic look, making the ambiance very comfortable and welcoming to guests.
Open by reservation only, Yamada Chikara offers the immense experience of traditional Japanese kaiseki ryori (a traditional and intricate, multi-course meal) combined with the highest quality of European culinary technique. A veritable closet of a restaurant, only 8 guests per night are privy to the prix fixe menu at this intimate and acclaimed restaurant.
With only two seatings of eight people per night, the word exclusive only begins to describe the experience at this unique restaurant. Located inside the highly-regarded Mandarin Oriental hotel in the Nihonbashi business district, Tapas Molecular Bar treats diners to a seasonal prix fixe menu of 20-30 small plates, each crafted with an exquisite level of detail and artistry. True to its name, the science of tasting is put on display here, where the chef employs such non-traditional implements as syringes and pipettes in the preparation of what is most certainly a meal as delicious as it is fascinating to witness. The dress code is described as "smart casual," so one need not go overboard with the dressing and just immerse themselves in the unique experience.
This lively restaurant and cafe is unlikely to provide any respite if you are feeling fatigued from your Tokyo explorations but no matter; it's a quirky, charming place, one of many cafes and restaurants on the 7th floor of the Marunouchi Building, known simply and affectionately as 'House'. The cuisine is (mostly) Chinese and served late into the night - it's also reasonably priced. So Tired is easy to spot because of the facade and interior, made from multi-colored glass panels in jewel hues. A fun place to while away an evening.
You will find Morita-ya on the 35th floor of the Marunouchi Building, giving diners spectacular views of nearby Shinjuku. The restaurant specializes in sukiyaki (Japanese fondue). The meat is shipped in especially from Kyoto, a city known for its excellent sukiyaki, and the meat is beautifully seasoned and flavorful, retaining a tenderness and moistness. You can have shabu-shabu, wagyu steaks, and barbeque - it's a meat lover's dream. Prices are reasonable.
Chef Carme Ruscalleda brings her hometown of Catalonia to the midst of Tokyo with Sant Pau, a restaurant which has already earned three Michelin stars. Offering thoughtfully prepared prix fixe menus, the dishes at Sant Pau are meant to introduce the light flavors of the Mediterranean to diners through a seasonal menu. Tapas dining is available in the wine bar, which offers over 400 bottles of Spanish wine. The classy, contemporary setting of the restaurant with minimalist yet colorful accents is an addition to the pleasurable dining experience of the patrons.
Nestled within the premises of Aman Tokyo, Musashi by Aman managed by Chef Musashi is the go-to place when it comes to Edomae sushi. The interior of this restaurant is characterized by a wooden Hinoki counter that can accommodate eight people. Moreover, the drinks here are served in a special pot and Edo Kiriko glasses that were created for the said purpose.
Taimeiken is famous for its Tampopo omurice - chicken fried rice with an omelet on top. The dish was invented for Juzo Itami's famous movie, 'Tampopo' and has remained a favorite ever since. Tameiken serves very tasty Western-style Japanese food - all the favorites are available here, from ramen, to Japanese curry and, every Westerner's favorite, hamburgers. Credit cards are accepted, but only on the second floor.
Brasserie Aux Amis is about great French food and camaraderie; it's food aux amis, after all. The food is classic French cuisine with a twist, using the very best of Japanese and imported French ingredients. The chef trained in Les Bacchanales in Harajuku, another highly regarded French restaurant, ensuring that the cuisine is prepared both imaginatively and expertly. The wine list alone - specially selected French vintages - is worth the visit alone. The restaurant is popular with foreigners and locals alike so be sure to book in advance.