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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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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Restaurant Kamiya, Negishi 香味屋根岸

Restaurant Kamiya is a great place to start your afternoon tour of Yanaka and attractions around and about Shitamachi. When I visited we had their bento box, but they have a full French influenced "youshoku" menu. Service and food are great






http://www.kami-ya.co.jp/honten/
Tel: 03-3873-2116 


Monday, 12 January 2015

The Lobby, Peninsula Hotel, Yurakucho ザ・ロビー・ザ・ペニンシュラホテル有楽町

I'm slowly working my way round all the afternoon teas on offer in Tokyo. I thought I should probably blog a few, so here we are. The Peninsula at Yurakucho has a nice offering from 2.30pm each day. The lobby itself is actually rather narrow and there's no view to speak of, so the room has a slightly cramped feeling. If this is likely to be an issue for you there is a private balcony with just one table and a private entrance. The staff are very cute and obliging and work hard to create a great experience for their guests.


You can order from a wide range of teas, more than once!


The obligatory tower. At first I thought there may not be enough food as I'd skipped lunch. I definitely need not have worried


The scones were the best I've had so far in Japan. I got them to bring out another jam and cream set (pictured above) - as it's a bit mingy for two


The mind boggles

 

http://tokyo.peninsula.com/en/fine-dining/the-lobby-afternoon-tea
03-6270 2731

Andaz Tavern, Toranomon Hills アンダーズ タヴァン 虎ノ門ヒルズ

Sitting atop the latest 'Hills' development in Tokyo, Toranomon Hills,  the Andaz is one of the newest additions to the Tokyo five-star hotel scene. A member of the Hyatt group, Andaz is a design-driven hotel which aims to immerse the guest in a contemporary world of Japanese culture (and the culture of wherever they are situated around the world). Great idea.

On New Year's Eve last year, I had the opportunity to try the Andaz Tavern on the 51st floor. The hotel had prepared a set menu and entertainment through the evening until the countdown. All in all, I found everything to be extremely well done and at the end of the evening the manager came personally to wish a happy new year. The food was superb and the paired wines, although middle of the road level, were very appropriate and tasty. Very much appreciated.

This is an extremely well run hotel by the look of it.




Sky high cocktail bar



Starter of snow crab and apple effiloche? (that's a new one), torched scallop, grapefruit, crab aspic

 

Champagne soup and caviar


Duck confit ravioli with gruyère cheese crème and Périgord truffle (fantastic - and my dining partner doesn't like truffles so I had a double serving!!!)


Some cute lambies cames to visit during the meal


Japanese F1 beef sirloin with parmesan and saffron crust, celeriac and green peppercorn sauce (absolutely delish was this one)


Pretty good musicians were laid on between courses


Chocolate ball with pastry crème, champagne jelly, tonka bean ice cream 




http://tokyo.andaz.hyatt.jp/en/hotel/dining/andaz-tavern.html
03-6830-7739

Thursday, 25 December 2014

La Tortue, Hiroo ラ・トルチュ広尾

La Tortue is a small French bistro-style situated in a street off the Hiroo shopping street, opposite the famous Il Buttero Italian restaurant. I sampled their cuisine recently on a cold December evening and I was happy I did!

My entrée of cabbage terrine with truffle was a really unique and healthy dish, and surprisingly tasty
 

These potato wedges were fried in duck fat, so deliciously cancelling out the health bonus from the terrine!





A relatively health conscious choice of salmon for my main


The cassoulet was too huge for my dining partner to manage, so I got plenty of scraps (yum!)


This kouign amman was amazing. Worth going just for that if you're into them


https://www.facebook.com/pages/La-Tortue/293309690787863
Tel: 03-6459-3713

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Takita Yakitori, Nishi Azabu たき田西麻布

Takita is a charming little yakitori-ya in Nishi Azabu hosted by the charming Mr and Mrs Takita. It an ideal, chilled-out place for a long relaxing evening with one or two close friends, and the food is delicious. There's lots of weird chicken bits on offer like hearts and cartilage, but speaking as one who hates offal usually, I thought everything was delicious!  You won't regret Mr Takita choosing it all for you, taking you a bit out of your comfort zone. It's also pretty healthy fare, so ideal if you're watching your weight...














Tel: 03-6272-4715