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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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Sunday, 20 December 2009

Masa's Kitchen 47, Ebisu

OK I'll get right down to it - the lunch I had at Masa's Kitchen 47 was simply the best I've had in ages. This fairly new restaurant situated in trendy Ebisu is chef Masa's interpretation of modern Chinese - one which if you sit at the counter you will see him and his team of young apprentices working their guts out to deliver to absolute perfection.

For 3,500 yen you will receive a beautifully cooked, beautifully presented Chinese meal, one which is absolutely unrivalled for the money, or even not just for the money. The Michelin star that Masa was recently awarded is well worth it.

The set, which my dining partner and I watched chef masa cook and personally supervise, started with four different appetisers: some marinated celery, daikon and chicken, marinated scallop and a piece of bbq pork with a thin slice of wagyu sashimi! Wow! This was followed by a delicious shorompo and a yummy plate of steamed cabbage with oyster sauce. After this a fried spring roll containing crab, prawn, scallop with a hint of truffle oil lightly seasoned with salt was served. YUM!

Following this the main dish of sweet and sour chicken with soft dumpling bread was presented. This was basically the best sweet and sour anything I ever tasted. As if this wasn't enough, a super-rich tantanmen was served to top off the savoury courses. An anin dofu with home-made strawberry ice cream topped off the feast. If you can believe it, with there being a 5,500 yen course available, this was the lighter (but not lesser) menu.

Unlike a lot of Chinese food made by Japanese this was heavy-hitting, take-no-prisoners on the flavour front, so just the way I love Chinese food. Contrary to Japanese tastes I just don't see Chinese food as being a gentle or subtle cuisine (although I know I have a lot to learn about it) and, whilst this is still a Japanese interpretation, it's a gutsy and creative effort - as well as being beautifully served and presented. I loved it and will be back for sure.


Sunday, 13 December 2009

Le Bouillon, Okusawa ル・ブイヨン 奥沢

It's a scarily long time ago now, but I used to live near Okusawa/ Jiyugaoka which I still find a nice little part of the world. One of my regulars whilst I was living there was Le Bouillon. I've taken friends, family and clients there and have never been disappointed by its conscientious French food and friendly service. When I went there recently for Sunday lunch it had been more than five years since my last visit, but the waitress still recognised me. Big snaps for her, as she now has my loyalty for
life ;-)

Here are some pics from lunch - I highly recommend you try it out if you're in the area. There's another really nice French restaurant in Okusawa called La Coupe which I'd really like to get back to if I can find a good enough excuse.