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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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Monday, 16 September 2013

Gianicolo, Azabu Juban ピッツェリア ロマーナ ジャニコロ 麻布十番

Great little basement pizzeria in the middle of Azabu Juban. Bit on the pricey side, but excellent quality ingredients and friendly service.


Sunday, 15 September 2013

Le Berkeley, Shirokane ル ベルクレイ白金

The Shirokane basement restaurant, Le Berkeley, has been on my list for some time, primarily as I have walked past its ground floor sign many times and thought, "wow a French restaurant near to home I haven't tried". Now I can't say that any more. Being underground, I was expecting a dimly lit, moody little hole in the wall. Instead I found a brightly lit space which, to be honest, I found to be kind of lacking character. Our server too, while polite, was not particularly genki. It was a shaky start to the evening.

However the food is really rather good, and more than made up for the charm deficit in the surroundings. I'll certainly be back at some point or another, whenever I need a local fix of delicious French food.

Amuse of katsuo

Ayu pâté

Foie gras with carrot and cumin. The aspic had a strong flavour (balsamic) which went really well with the foie gras.

My dining partner's mousse of "Sea Squirt" (tastes better than it sounds)

Sanma tart served with banyuls giblet purée (quite bitter but not unpleasant)

Braised hamo

Delicious wagyu rump steak

My dining partner's rabbit. I had a little and thought it seemed a bit dry, but my friend was very happy with ir

'Avant dessert'


Cassis pudding
Tel: 03-6310-2378

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Antichi Sapori, Minami Azabu アンティキサポーリ南麻布

If there's one thing I like in people and restaurants, it's generosity - and the level of generosity at the newly opened Antichi Sapori in Hiroo is something that will not fail to impress. You are probably familiar with the location - in Gaien Nishi Dori between Hiroo and Nishi Azabu, because it's where the expat wives' second home aka Cicada used to be.

The food is Puglia style, a southern region of Italy which is basically the heel of the boot. There are three set menus and my dining partner and I opted for the least expensive 2,800 option. I have no idea how anyone could eat more at lunch than what they provided for that price - a range of tapas style dishes followed by a pasta (that we split up), then two desserts, unlimited limoncello and amaro and a great coffee. 

On the way out we were offered our choice of olive oil, amaro, limoncello, breadsticks, nuts and dried fruits to take home. Wow - it was like a wedding where you get free stuff! Of course, they're trying to curry favour to drum up business for this relatively large restaurant, and business did seem a bit slow on the day we visited. Nevertheless, I really think it's worth your while checking it out. We need to do our bit to support restaurants that are trying so hard, and delivering an experience well beyond the everyday.

Domimique? Well I give them points for trying~

Little toast with delicious Puglia olive oil

Tomato soup

Eggplant and cheese

Stringly mozarella

Cold bread salad


Ricotta and candied celery

Pumpin and cheese bake

Rucola, dried ricotta (I think) and tomato (can't remember the name of the pasta)

Sausage and tomato pasta (thick chewy noodles, again can't remember the name)

Sugar almonds and orange peel

Ricotta, chocolate and dried fruits

Baba and zabaglione

Limoncello and Amaro (all you can drink, even though I didn't have a drop!)

Tel: 03-03-6277-2073

L'effervescence, Nishi Azabu レフェルヴェソンス西麻布

Once in a while I like to go to the type of restaurant where if you thought about it too much you could never really justify the price, but it's just so damn lovely you don't even think about it. L'effervescence is one such "because I'm worth it" (and I should add the dining partner of the moment is too!) place.

It is located where a restaurant called Citabria used to be. I was never really taken by the food at Citabria, but always thought that the space itself had presence. For some reason it feels like somewhere that the very beautiful and successful people in Hollywood and Silicon Valley would deem adequate to frequent. Sleek, modern and super luxurious.

The spatial proportions at L'effervescence are generous, meaning that you do not need to sit on top of your fellow diners, and there is plenty of room for the beautifully trained waitstaff to glide around. And the food - well that is to die for - Modern French, unimpeachably prepared and visually dramatic.

This place is definitely worth a try when you have something special to celebrate and budget is something to worry about in a month's time when you get the credit card statement. Live for today, I say!

Tel: 03-5766-9500