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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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Saturday, 30 April 2016

Hibiki, Shinjuku 響き新宿

Tokyo is full of izakaya but I always find myself struggling when I need to think of one that I can easily take foreign visitors to. Hibiki in the Odakyu Southern Tower complex is just about ideal. It has an English menu, and range of the usual crowd pleasing dishes and has a fairly upmarket feeling.

All sounds good on paper. Unfortunately my recent visit was marred by bad service, bordering on the unpleasant from our server who seemed quite put out that we needed some help with the menu. The woman did not crack a smile once during our visit.

But patchy service aside, I would still recommend it as a place to take the neophyte Japanese food eater. Maybe I'll give them one more chance.

Tel: 03-5909-7180

Friday, 22 April 2016

Efes, Omotesando エフェス表参道

Eastern Mediterranean food is relatively hard to find in Tokyo but, with the doner kebab having made its beachhead in Roppongi, Turkish food seems to feature strongly in recent years. Although I'm more familiar with Greek and Lebanese food, I also enjoy Turkish food from time to time.

Near Omotesando, not far from the famous Maisen tonkatsu store, you will find Efes. It's always a good sign when you see lots of people from the country whose cuisine the restaurant specialises in and Efes is just such a place. The restaurant is clearly catering to the local Turkish community who like to sit up at the bar and chat but Japanese and other foreigners are more than welcome.

The food is a breath of fresh air and has not so much salt in it, which might suit some people. All in all it's a good place for the jaded Tokyo diner to check out for a casual dinner.

Tel: 03-5474-8333

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Brasserie Tours, Omotesando ブラッセリー トゥール表参道

Simple, unpretentious French food with a precarious staircase in Omotesando


Thursday, 24 March 2016

Hinokizaka, Roppongi ひのきざか六本木

The Ritz conjures up an image of expense and luxury and while their Japanese restaurant, Hinokizaka, is not exactly cheap, it's also far from outrageous. In beautiful surroundings, served by ladies in kimono and with amazing views over Akasaka and beyond, Hinokizaka is somewhat of a find.

For around 5,000 yen at lunch you can order their bento box. There are more expensive options available but the quality and amount of food is superb. It's ideally pitched for a business lunch. The food and atmosphere is high-level but you will not leave feeling heavy - perfect if you have to entertain the same evening!

Tel: 03-6434-8711

Sunday, 8 November 2015

T'astous, Minami Azabu タストゥー 南麻布

T'astous is a new French restaurant near Sannohashi in Minami Azabu with a cool fitout and friendly, professional staff. The chef also knows his way around the kitchen.

They offer a relatively reasonably priced course menu of two entrees, a main and dessert or one entree and two mains as well as and a flight of 3, 4 or 5 'degustation' wines although, of course, you can order from the wine list if you would like.

Very enjoyable.

Cauliflower amuse

Sanma and caviar

Egg, bacon and lentil 'salad'



Venison and foie gras pie



Tarte tartin