Heichinro is one of the oldest, most well known Cantonese restaurants in Chinatown. And with seven floors to choose from, it is also one of the largest. It is known as the granddaddy of Chinatown, and its popularity makes reservations a must. The first floor is famous for its immense variety of dim sum. As with all Chinatown's best dining spots, Heichinro's prices reflect the superb quality of both its food and its service. It has a great lunch menu, which is priced a bit more economically. Heichinro is situated about a block away from the Holiday Inn Yokohama, and is about a leisurely ten-minute walk from Ishikawacho Station.
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.
The Streamer Coffee Company is a chain of coffee stores that has garnered raves for its delightful lattes, espressos and more. Not only does the company roast and refine their own coffee beans, but they ensure that the beans are of the highest quality, to begin with. It’s not surprising that the coffee company enjoys a loyal fan base, especially considering that it’s the brainchild of Hiroshi Sawada, the 2008 champion of Free Pour Latte Art Championship. Industrial chic setting with comfortable sofas, long tables and brightly lit room creates the perfect convivial vibe to enjoy a cup of latte here.
Yamazato, another of Hotel Okura's restaurants, offers two distinct kinds of dining; slip into one of the secluded booths and enjoy the a la carte menu. Or diners can sit at the counter and watch the chefs and they expertly prepare fresh tempura. There are also private function rooms available, perfect for business or small parties, and there is a good selection of sake available.
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.
Piacere is the Shangri-La Hotel's flagship restaurant. The fine-dining spot commands stunning views of the Tokyo skyline, which combined with an award-winning wine list and gourmet cuisine makes for a memorable meal. Each dish is a work of art, conceptualized and executed to perfection by executive chef Andrea Ferrero and his talented team. A cut above your average Italian restaurant, the simplest of pastas is elevated to new heights by the addition of stellar seasonal ingredients and creative flair. From culinary experts to wine connoisseurs, this restaurant is at the forefront of Tokyo's modern dining scene and aims to cater to every distinguished palate.
Tokyo is nothing if not unique, and amidst it's uniqueness is a penchant for eating that may be second to none. Per capita there are just too many restaurants to choose from, from cheap and cheerful to way over the top. Antica Osteria del Ponte falls closer to the latter. Born from an epiphany Chef Ezio Santin had many years ago when selling wine across Italy, this second of only two such restaurants in the world has opened in Japan. Located on the top floor of the Marunouchi Building, the food here is simple, unpretentious and fantastic. Offering fish or meat, the food here marries excellent presentation with exquisite taste, and a wine list to match. This restaurant is for those with pockets that are deep enough to satiate their appetites. -Stephen Lebovits
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.
Experience the culinary traditions of Japan as you dine at Sasahana. Established in 1984, this restaurant entices your palate with scrumptious Japanese delicacies and has gained several fans for the same. The delectable menu is followed by an impressive list of beverages to accompany your meal. In case you are confused about ordering the right drink with your meal, their knowledgeable and friendly staff suggest the perfect sake to go with your order. The brightly lit interiors of the restaurant have a traditional Japanese theme with its simple and elegant bamboo furnishings.
Specializing in authentic French cuisine, Chez Tomo offers six different dining experiences, spread out over two floors. The lower floor is the more casual but still highly desirable option, where diners can choose between clean white decor in the dining room, or the modern elegance of the solid wood counter for more informal dining. Upstairs, diners are treated to a whole different world, with high-class French ambiance, white linen, and ornate decor. This variety assures that Chez Tomo has a dining experience for everyone, with a broad a la carte menu on the lower floor, and a more elaborate prix fixe menu upstairs that features delicacies like pate, boudin noir, and many seasonal preparations.
Iconic is a multiple-award winning restaurant that conjures up delicious Italian fare incorporated with a touch of contemporary flavor. Go for one of the prix fixe menus or order a la carte if you are not feeling too hungry. For appetizers, Burdock and Mushroom Tart prepared with smoked duck breast, scallops and watercress salad is particularly delightful while Pan-fried fish of the Day and Roast shoulder of Wild Boar make for exotic entrees. End the meal with three kinds of Assorted Sorbet. If you are tired of the usual places, head to Iconic for dishes that will thoroughly pamper your palate.