Tokyo’s Best Restaurants
With more Michelin stars than any other city (take that, Paris!), Tokyo has become one of the world’s top destinations for fine-dining lovers. From exclusive sushi bars to first-rate French restaurants, Tokyo offers nearly every kind of cuisine and promises to please even the most discerning palates. A culinary trip to Japan’s capital may leave your wallet considerably lighter, but you’ll definitely eat like a king.
RyuGin owner and chef Seiji Yamamoto has been making waves with his contemporary approach to kaiseki ryori (traditional Japanese haute cuisine) ever since the restaurant opened in 2003. Mr. Yamamoto is known for his embrace of cutting edge techniques: he famously used a CAT scan to discover the best way to debone a conger eel. RyuGin, which currently ranks 20th on the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, received its third Michelin star in 2012 and continues to dazzle guests with unique dishes such as grilled sea perch encrusted with a coating of toasted rice and the minus 385-degrees Celsius candy apple, filled with powdered ice cream.
Like French restaurants, Italian eateries abound in Tokyo, but the sleek Bulgari Il Ristorante in Ginza manages to stand out. Located on the 9th floor of the Bulgari Tower, the restaurant offers pleasant views and a sophisticated atmosphere. Chef Luca Fantin, who earned his first Michelin star in 2012, prepares fittingly stylish modern Italian cuisine infused with well-considered Japanese touches, such as black olive gnocchi with raw cuttlefish.