Con­tempo Ja­panese

Smart/ca­sual

LUXE City Guides - Tokyo - - Restaurants -

Esaki. Blink n’ miss this un­signed, bar­gain 3-Mich base­ment haven of white mar­ble and sen-sea­sonal veg and seafood. B1/F / Hills Aoyama Bldg / 3-39-9 Jingu­mae / Shibuya-ku / S: Gaien­mae / 3408 5056 / lunch Sat, din­ner Mon-sat / set menu / aoya­mae­saki.net

Les Créa­tions de Nari­sawa. Creamy sa­lon, ma­ture crowd, French-in­flected menu and dreamy culi­nary saucery. 2-6-15 Mi­nami Aoyama / Mi­nato-ku / S: Aoyama Itchome / 5785 0799 / lunch & din­ner Mon-sat / book / set menu / nari­sawa-yoshi­hiro.com

Yoneyama. Tiny, tucked-away Im­pe­rial Fam and foodie fave of in­ven­tive fare + lus­cious sake served in sil­ver beakers. 15 Ara­ki­cho / Shin­juku-ku / S: Ake­bonobashi / 3341 3117 / din­ner Mon-sat / book / set menu

Takazawa. Get set for the mae­stro’s awe­some, in­ge­nious palate thrillers in an in­ti­mate steel and teak ten-seater. 2/F / Sanyo Akasaka Bldg / 3-5-2 Akasaka / Mi­nato-ku / S: Tameike­sanno / 3505 5052 / din­ner only / book / set menu / takazawa-y.co.jp

Mut­sukari. Hid­den, bento box-sized gas­trodome with open kitchen, where hum­ble veg­gies are el­e­vated to star sta­tus. 6/F / Ginza Pony Group Bldg / 5-5-19 Ginza / Chuo-ku / S: Ginza / 5568 6266 / din­ner Mon-sat / book / set menu / mut­sukari.com

Ryu­gin. Don’t miss a pil­grim­age to Seiji Ya­mamoto’s lauded shrine to imag­ini­tive, worth-the-hype flavour raves. 1/F / Side Rop­pongi Bldg / 7-17-24 Rop­pongi / Mi­nato-ku / S: Rop­pongi / 3423 8006 / din­ner Mon-sat / book / set menu / ni­hon­ry­ori-ryu­gin.com

Ya­mada Chikara. It’s Ja­pan via el­bulli in an ex­clu­sive, tiny shoe­box run by a mod­est, ge­nius hubby and wife team. 1-15-2 Mi­nami Az­abu / Mi­nato-ku / S: Az­abu-juban / 5942 5817 / din­ner daily / book / set menu / ya­madachikara.com

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