A Peek Into Tokyo's Top Restaurants
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Tokyo is a treasure trove for foodies and a heaven for those with luxury dining tastes. Home to more than 200 Michelin-star restaurants, you can find gourmet food for any craving. This is a list of trendy luxury dining spots to indulge. Each one of these spots looks as impressive as their food tastes:
Entrance to Nadaman restaurant at the Shangri-La Tokyo -- Photo by Delilah
Nadaman, a group of restaurants with a history dating back to 1830, has an extensive menu of Japanese food favorites. Opened in 2009 as a signature restaurant in the Shangri-La Tokyo, this branch offers kaiseki, sushi, and teppanyaki, among other options. The executive chef, Takehiko Yoshida, has worked at the Nadaman branches in the Imperial Palace and in Hong Kong. His creations are fresh and flavorful, while still maintaining the integrity of tradition.
Many choices of Japanese food at Nadaman -- Photo by Delilah
Located on the 29th floor, Nadaman undoubtedly has style. Internationally-renowned designer Andre Fu is the one to thank for this luxury dining spot. Fu created a contemporary feeling that incorporates elements of nature. Clean dark stone pairs with black open wall dividers, giving a sense of serenity. These open dividers -- a modern interpretation of shoji screens, allow you to take in the 29th-floor views wherever you are seated. The airiness created is further enhanced by the sculpture located in the center of the restaurant. In this piece, warm wooden waves serve as the stage for a web of floating leaves that continue to drift throughout. Diners looking for a perch high above the city skyline to enjoy fine Japanese cuisine will find Nadaman a perfect spot.
Sensi by Heinz Beck
Healthy contemporary Italian is served at Sensi -- Photo by Delilah
Heinz Beck is a fairly new name within the Tokyo food scene. His two restaurants in Otemachi, Heinz Beck and Sensi by Heinz Beck, first opened in November 2014. Beck, unknown to the Japanese community, is actually one of Europe’s top chefs. In fact, he is the only chef to hold a three-star Michelin rating in Rome, at his restaurant La Pergola. Chef Beck supports healthy eating and has published books on the topic. His restaurants in Otemachi reflect his beliefs and only source quality produce to ensure not only a delicious meal but a meal that will also make you feel good the next day.
Fresh crème brûlée with a framboise sorbet, available for dessert at Sensi -- Photo by Delilah
Sensi by Heinz Beck and Heinz Beck are located on the first and second floor of the Nissay Marunouchi Building, respectively. Sensi offers contemporary Italian cuisine in a more relaxed atmosphere than its more extravagant counterpart on the second floor. The restaurant feels very spacious and features a 6.5 meter-tall glass wall with views of the Imperial Palace. A small section of booth seating separates this bright area from a darker bar area, and a bold red and black color scheme connects the two. Rounded mood lights contrast the straight edges of the bar while mimicking the curved chair backs. Sensi is perfect for drinks with Tokyo’s high rollers in the heart of the financial district.
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Counter seats inspired by sushi restaurants look into the kitchen at L'Atelier -- Photo by Delilah
Joël Robuchon is one of modern dining’s finest chefs and was named ‘Chef of the Century’ by influential restaurant guide Gault-Millau. The French chef has over 25 Michelin stars, the most held by any one chef. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon was first opened in Tokyo in 2003, after a short retirement by Robuchon. Food at L’Atelier embodies simple French sophistication. The true flavors of the ingredients come out in a style that has been called ‘cuisine actuelle’ and is signature of Robuchon.
Dishes emphasize the ingredients' natural flavors at L'Atelier -- Photo by Delilah
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon is in Roppongi Hills, a fitting location for the two-star restaurant. The dimly lit space features dark woods and "Robuchon red" that feels modern and stylish. The star of L’Atelier, though, is the counter seating. Inspired by sushi counters, the counter seats surround a stainless steel open kitchen. This layout, along with the friendly staff, creates a convivial atmosphere. This experience, the star chef believes, is the way people want to eat. L’Atelier is a huge success, and the concept has since been recreated in multiple cities across the globe, including London, Monaco and Macao. Reserve here to impress your dining partner with a luxury dining experience that's not overly stuffy.