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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.
Japanese dining with an exquisite blend of French cuisine is what Signature is all about. Set in a sophisticated ambiance, Signature dishes out some of the most eclectic preparations available in Tokyo, allowing diners to savor such options as foie gras accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine. Signature also has an extensive wine list, ensuring that a perfect pairing is always available to accompany the breathtaking view from the restaurant's location on the 37th floor of the striking Mandarin Oriental hotel. A great option for those looking to host a small private luncheon, the bright and open atmosphere of this Michelin Guide Tokyo-rated restaurant is just one of many features that make this a must-visit for those seeking out fine dining in Tokyo.
Those who have adventurous palettes will be sure to enjoy K'shiki. Located on the 38th floor of the Mandarin Oriental hotel, this restaurant provides panoramic views of the city. Here, patrons can grab a quick salad or sandwich, or have a quiet and relaxing sit-down meal, but no matter what they can be assured that the food will be as innovative as it is delicious. Bringing Italian and Neapolitan flavors to Tokyo, the menu is a delight for lovers of the cuisine. The staff is efficient and helpful with recommendations, though diners may find that K'shiki is mainly for sea food lovers; however, delicious beef dishes and pizza are also available, making this an ideal place for a wonderful gastronomical experience.
This self-styled Grand Maison has a beautiful setting in which you can enjoy classic French cuisine. The restaurant is adorned with paintings and sculptures by the likes of Goya, Kandinsky, and Rodin - and all are genuine pieces. The restaurant, uniquely, doubles as an art gallery and is surrounded by the works of masters, which only heightens a diner's anticipation for the food. And it doesn't disappoint - it is rich, redolent of truffles and butter. There is an excellent cheese selection, as well as an, intimidatingly vast wine cellar; the restaurant carries vintages of Chateau Petrus but more affordable choices are available.
If there's one drink that goes wonderfully with French food, it's wine. This is a terrific restaurant which serves a variation of French and Japanese dishes with a selection of wines from various countries. Try their foie gras don, which consists of foie gras served over rice and sprinkled with green onions and ginger - it's a real knockout. Completing the experience is the elegant atmosphere and decor, which is distinctly French in flavor.
Located in the Hotel Imperial, Les Saisons has a respectable reputation and is known for its variety and the chef's fearless experimentation. Chef Thierry Voisin has breathed a refreshing life into the restaurant, making Les Saisons a must-visit French restaurant once again; no mean feat considering this is a city with more than its fair share of fine French dining. All the classics are here - French sole, lobster, loin of beef - and the luxurious dining room setting contributes to an elegant dining experience.
Kyo Aji's reputation precedes it - it is exceedingly popular with gourmet locals, who flock to it for its imaginative, highly original Japanese cuisine. The 'Kyo' in the title refers to Kyoto, whose cuisine the restaurant is dedicated to. Chef Nishi serves up a spectacular menu comprising of matsutake mushrooms, hamo (conger eel) and other versions of popular delicacies, all adhering to Japanese gourmet sensibilities - and then some. This Michelin starred restaurant is a must visit however you need to reserve either months in advance or accompany a regular to get an easy entry.
With an esteemed culinary history dating back to the European royalty during 16th Century, this posh restaurant offers a dining experience that few others can match. Located off of the main lobby in the Hotel New Otani, La Tour d'Argent reflects the elegance and exquisiteness of Paris. Its opulent decor with spellbinding chandeliers, candle-lit tables, velvet carpets and floor to ceiling curtained windows will transport the patrons to the mansions on Parisian streets. The menu is just as impressive as its plush setting. The goose foie gras enjoys do-not-miss status as an appetizer, while the roast duckling stands as the kitchen's signature entree. The wine list, as would be expected from a French restaurant, rates superb and offers wine by the glass and the bottle. With views of the Japanese garden, this restaurant is a must-visit for a classy and relaxed lunch or dinner.
Mitsuhiro Komuro's restaurant was honored with a Michelin star, reflecting and rewarding the chef's attention to detail and his skill with kaiseki cuisine (Japanese multi-course dinner). Dinner at Komuro includes specialties such as conger eel or, in the summer, matsutake mushrooms harvested from forests in western Japan. The restaurant is tiny and seating is limited. If you can, book a one of the eight counter seats, where you can have an informal chat with the chef and marvel as he prepares your meal.
Azure 45 at The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo is an award-winning, Michelin Star contemporary restaurant that focuses on French cuisine. Perched on the 45th floor of the hotel, it offers mesmerizing views of the Tokyo cityscape that creates a romantic atmosphere. The inspired menu features the best ingredients from around the globe that are artistically presented with an eye for detail . The seafood options stand out on the menu as some of the best in town, especially the Scottish blue lobster. The upscale ambiance encourages you to look your elegant best before stepping into this classy establishment. With a Michelin star under its belt, Azure 45 is making waves on Japan's fine dining scene and is not to be missed for those who don't mind splurging for a meal.
Located in an alleyway, beneath a yellow canopy, lies Kitajima-tei, one of Tokyo's best-known and best loved French bistros. The restaurant is beautifully decorated and the food immaculately presented. The owner and chef, Motoyuki Kitajima, trained at two highly regarded French restaurants, Troisgros and Georges Blanc, and the resulting food is a seamless combination of Japanese and French cuisine. The menu can be daunting but staff are more than happy to help confused diners.
Then Hal Yamashita's has to be high on your list. The chef, Haruyuki Yamashita, sourced a kimoto-style sake from Nada, one of the best-known and respected sake districts in Japan and it is exclusive to Hal Yamashita. The chef also considers quality ingredients to be the building blocks of his cooking; the restaurant uses only organic rice and vegetables, alongside Kobe, Tajima and Awaji beef, and specially purified water. The food is exquisitely seasoned and presented, and the Zen-like peacefulness of the atmosphere makes for a unique dining experience.