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, 19 July 2014

Plate, Nishi Azabu プレート西麻布

Plate is the successor to the always enjoyable Rendez Vous de Tokyo and still run by the ever-bubbly Ayano-san (that's her on the bottom right). The southern-French influenced food is excellent and she is more than solicitous with the wines, which left me with a headache the next morning but I'm far from complaining :-)



They have a dinner menu for 8,640 yen but it's a lot of courses, so you can subtract certain items for 1,000 yen each. It's a unique and interesting system if you're not hungry enough to go the whole hog. My meal is displayed below but, because I was concentrating on eating it, I forgot to take a photo of my lamb (which was very good).

This is an informal and rather fun establishment, yet deadly serious about their cooking. I highly recommend them and give 4 stars for the total experience.

Amuse of scampi

 Pork cheek with truffle and orange (it is hidden under the leaves)


Tagliatelle with crab 


I didn't partake of the cheese personally, but it looked GOOD


Forgot to take my NZ lamb loin! I'll have to go back again to get a pic ;-)

Date and pistaccio pound cake with pistaccio ice cream



http://arigatoinc.com/
Tel: 080-4689-9059

Friday, 18 July 2014

La Sfoglina, Roppongi ラ スフォリーナ六本木

La Sfoglina is a relatively newly opened Italian restaurant where Cafe Daisy (RIP) used to be. They serve an amazing lunch there, which I've laid out pictorially below. Well worth a visit!

Pre-appetizer of an Italian flat bread with a slice of speck and a cream-style parmigiano


 Boiled egg with porcini



 I think you can tell what this is


Burata salad


 Basil and pine nut pasta


 Fettuccine bolognaise


Mouth freshener of ice and herbs


And just look at the pannacotta - this was the best thing I ate!


OMG



http://lasfoglina.simdif.com/
Tel: 03-6432-9452

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Al Ceppo, Shirokane Takanawa アルチェッポ白金

Al Ceppo is a small neighbourhood Italian restaurant in Shirokane.  One of many very good Italian restaurants around Shirokane, it always stands out for me for its great food, relatively reasonable prices and friendly service. Just having come back from a trip to the UK and France, I can't honestly say that the food overseas was not any better than this, and I ate at much more expensive establishments than this one.

Long live Tokyo dining!

The fried seafood was comprised of plenty of different creatures, and just lightly battered - perfect
 

Ravioli



Fish, seafood and cous cous


Oh so tender lamb with rosemary



http://www.al-ceppo.jp/
Tel: 03-3280-5005

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Yoi no Kuchi, Akasaka 宵の口赤坂

I know it's been an indecently long time since I posted on my blog. But I've been busy! If you want to see what I've been working on please go along and visit Wa Space in Akasaka. We've put together an amazing collection of Japanese design wares and art.

When you do, almost next door you will find one of my favourite restaurants. I love it because it's in a great, old Japanese house and offers some really amazing food at surprising reasonable prices. Their specialty is chicken, and they really know what they're doing with it. Dinner is always excellent, but the real surprise is their lunch sets where for only a thousand yen you can have some of the yummiest food around for lunch.

I would recommend it for lunch, anytime but it gets crowded around 12-1 so I usually go there there at 11.30 or after one. For dinner you will need to book. The menu is all in Japanese so you will need some help. They are pretty friendly though so please don't let this discourage you. Perhaps you can point to some of the random pics I have added below!

Raw chicken and avocado salad (I know. Maybe it's not safe, but I love it)


Their tsukune is to die for - I mean I have to be restrained from licking the plate every time


Grilled to perfection. This is not your Charcoal Charlies down the road


Chicken bits (sorry, I can't remember which)


Chicken sashimi again


OMG, this chicken katsu for lunch is THE BEST


Yummy chicken bits and pieces (you can order whatever you like to go on that plate)


Vege tempura


Another delicious grilled chicken dish for lunch



The "oyakodon" (mother and child or chicken and egg on rice - I know - gross) is a lunchtime mainstay



www.yoinokuchi.com
03-5575-7433

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Bistro Quotidien, Azabu Juban ビストロ・コティディアン麻布十番

Bistro Quotidien is one of my neighbourhood favourites and though I've been several times in the past, I've never posted about it. When I had dinner there recently, I can definitely say that the cooking was the best so far. Really memorable, and great value for 10,000 a head with a decent Vaillons chablis.

Mind your manners with the chef though. He told off the ladies at the party at the adjacent table to sit down as they were getting up to take lots of photos (which I appreciated), and he flat refuses to split bills on credit cards. Not quite the 'soup nazi' but he's got potential. Respect!

Nodokuro (I think) tartare


The white asparagus with ham, truffle and poached egg was DElicious!


This sausage had an unexpected and amazingly yummy orange accent to it


Onion gratin soup


This quenelle/ fish wrapped in cabbage with crustacean sauce was scrumptious


Creme caramel - strong egg flavour and caramel made for a match made in heaven


Tarte tartin



http://r.gnavi.co.jp/exfk9j7j0000/map/
Tel: 03-6435-3241