Every journey has a flavour, every place a taste. Whether it’s a Michelin-starred meal, a multi-course extravaganza or fresh fish at a seaside cantina, we believe you can’t really call yourself a cultural adventurer if you don’t embrace the local food and drink. In the first of our three-part Insider’s Guide to Tokyo, Trip Designer Orsolya Kako offers a few a few of her favourite Tokyo restaurants where you can do just that.
My Favourite Tokyo Restaurants
Owner Yoshihiro Narisawa’s self-proclaimed theme is “sustainability and gastronomy,” a popular sentiment these days, linking the diner with the natural world. Here you will find cuisine celebrating the richness of the Japanese environment while satisfying your healthy and fine-food cravings. The menu changes daily. Be sure to make reservations.
Tapas Molecular Bar, Mandarin Oriental Hotel
With only eight seats per sitting, the tapas bar at the Mandarin Oriental makes for a really fun, interactive evening with the chef. Only 8 seats per sitting. Over the course of two hours, chefs prepare more than 20 plates of bite-sized delicacies right before your eyes. I did this and it was awesome!
Singular in its field, Bird Land is (as the name might suggest) a grilled chicken restaurant of the highest calibre. Winner of a Michelin star in 2010, this popular establishment is considered the gold standard in yakitori restaurants. Featuring Okukujishamo chicken—best known for its low fat content and springy texture—the menu has two recommended courses and an impressive wine list.