5 best restaurants in Tokyo
Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor.
The height of Japanese cuisine
High above the Tokyo fray, on the 40th floor, sits Kozue, the home of Japanese haute cuisine - and the best views in the city. Its soaring windows and contemporary settings provide a wonderful place to contemplate the city and explore the wonders of fine local food. Try the Tora-fugu puffer fish, if you dare… Only prepared by master chefs, its organs are deadly! Or go safe with a marbled wagyu steak. Both are true Japan.
Park Hyatt Hotel, 3-7-1-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
Tel: +81 3 5323 3460 www.tokyo.park.hyatt.com
Silver service ala Japan
Argento is Italian for silver - a highly appropriate name for such an impeccable Italian restaurant. With two Michelin stars under its belt, it’s not just the cutlery that is silver. Its chic black and silver décor, its location in the heart of Ginza, as well as its delightful menu of all things Italian make this restaurant a shiny and sensual treat. When they say every cloud has a silver lining, Argento is certainly one of the latter.
8F-9F ZOE Ginza 3-3-1 Ginza Chuo-ku
Tel: +81 3 5524 1270 www.aso-net.jp/eng/argento-aso/
Tel: +81 3 3505 5052 www.aroniadetakazawa.com
Aronia de Takazawa
The world’s most exclusive restaurant?
More spoken about than visited, this bijou restaurant is one of Tokyo's select secrets. Not surprising, as it only seats eight people. Those eight are in for a treat though, with highly inventive French- Japanese fusion. Try the carpenter's salade niçoise, with sashimi tuna and tapenade sauce solidified in the form of spanners and screws or Hot Balloon of Seafood, slow-cooked with bamboo shoots and seaweed. Obviously, you’ll need to book!
Sanyo Akasaka Bldg 2F, 3-5-2 Akasaka, Minato-ku
Kanda Yabu Soba
The emperor of soba noodles
There is no pretender to the reign of Kanda Tabu as Tokyo’s finest buckwheat noodles. Founded over a century ago, this wooden villa with its peaceful garden enjoys the atmosphere of a traditional tea house, complete with Kimono-clad waitresses. Summer dishes are best enjoyed cold, like ten-zaru (soba with batter-fried shrimp) or in the winter cold, go for kamo-nanban (hot soba in a rich broth with duck breast and leek). Yum!
2-10 Kanda-Awajicho, Chiyoda-ku
Tel: +81 3 3251 0287 www.norenkai.net/english/shop/yabusoba/index.html
Sushi doesn’t come fresher
Short of eating it on the boat, there’s no fresher place to enjoy sushi that at Tsukiji fish market, one of Tokyo’s bustling attractions. You’ll need to be there for breakfast but, boy, what a buzzy start to the day! The best of the market’s hole-in-the-wall sushi counters is Sushi-Bun, which serves ocean-fresh fish at bargain prices. We loved the set sushi menu with eight servings of seasonal seafood and soup to warm you up!
8 Chuo Shijo Building, 5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku
Tel: +81 3 3541 3860 www.tsukijinet.com