The Michelin Star is the benchmark of fine dining. Many cities are still awaiting a visit from Michelin to rate their restaurants, but not Tokyo. Tokyo is one of the most popular destinations for the luxury traveler and one of the reasons is the proliferation of Michelin Stars throughout the city. So we’ve chosen five of our favorites we think you should try on your next visit to Tokyo.
Self-described as creating in the style of “Gastronomie Pop” or pop gastronomy, L’Alchimiste wishes to appeal to the masses and have them enjoy their gastronomical efforts. Chef Kenichi Yamamoto says that his “long dream finally came true when I opened this restaurant. I hope you enjoy our cuisine and we look forward to your visit.” His mixture of Japanese cuisine with both new and old French cuisine has proven to be popular with guests and also Michelin with his star rating.
The next restaurant on our list is housed in a historical building that was once the residence of Count Nagayoshi Ogasawara. The Spanish-style building is a welcoming environment to all who opt for Ogasawara Hakushakutei’s modern Spanish dining. Under the watch of Chef Gonzalo Alvarez, Ogasawara Hakushakutei welcomes guests “with his sensitive and deep dishes using the rich ingredients of Japan, formed from the mixture of modern technique and his basis from Spain.”
Known for their beef specialties, Karyu is a meat lover’s paradise with a Michelin Star rating.
Relax and savor the moment as you feast on unbelievably delicious morsels of WAGYU. Zen philosophy uses spring images of pink flowers and soft green willow branches to alert us to the wonders of nature and remind us to live each moment for what it is. That is the very sentiment behind the name and concept of Karyu.
The team that Owner Eiichi Yamada put together includes Director Yasutaka Sugimoto and Chef Junichi Kato. They have achieved a great level of success in a relatively quick manner as Sublime opened in 2015. You will find a set menu that starts with novel appetizers followed by meat and fish dishes that are best described as memorable. You will also find that the sauces combine the experience of the chef who learned his craft in France and Denmark.
Tacubo brings more that just a taste of Italy to Japan. They also bring a combination of the Italian warmth with the beauty of the Japanese service and respect.
The concept of newborn Tacubo, what I want to express is ‘nature’. It is a place to express customers’ experiences and to experience the taste and coloring of the season’s food ingredients, such as food, wine, bottles and interior, the beauty of nature, it is Tacubo, I think.
Are you ready to make your reservations for a Michelin Star tour of Tokyo? This list is just a small sampling of many Michelin Star-rated restaurants in Tokyo, however it’s a great start. When planning your trip, you’ll also want to try our recommendations for luxury hotels in Tokyo. So, tell us, which of these restaurants will you try first?