Taku (Tokyo)

Scores: 2M

This place is quite good as it serves a lot of sushi but with some cooked and more complex dishes as well; so you get to try a lot of stuff.

The sushi is very good but not up there with the best. However, if you want to go to only one high end Japanese place and get a decent range of dishes then this would be a good shout. However, if you can go you to both, for example, and Sawada and RyuGin

These are just some of the dishes we got served:

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New York Grill (Tokyo)

http://tokyo.park.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/NewYorkGrill.html

The view from the New York Grill or Bar is just to die for, it is just worth going for a drink to experience it. The menu is basically an expanded steak house one. The Japanese beef here was very good but nothing on Dons.  This place is very expensive.

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Olive bread

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Octopus and Seabass Ceviche, Aji Amarillo Marinade, Lime, Red Onions, Coriander

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Fresh Burrata Cheese, Roasted Beetroot, Lemon Pickles, Basil

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Yonezawa Sirloin 190g

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Sendai Tenderloin 160g

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Asparagus, Lemon, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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Sauteed Spinach, Olive Oil, Garlic

RyuGin (Tokyo)

http://www.nihonryori-ryugin.com/en/about/

Scores: 3 M*

RyuGin is a modern kaiseki restaurant that now has a branch in HK as well as in this orginal one in Roppongi. The food here was superb from start to finish (excluding the milt which was ‘fine’- as good as it can be for my palate). The food was slightly more inventive than Kitcho in Kyoto but still relied on great ingredients and subtle but effective flavour combinations.

Top class!

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Sea Urchins and Turnip

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Cod fish milt / Abalone

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Matsuba crab clear soup

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Ocean’s delicacy array of 7 plates

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Kinki fish from Hokkaido stuffed with grilled egg plant

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Sanuki olive beef on stoneware in sukiyaki style with onion and watercress

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Wild eel “Kabayaki Don style, egg’tofu chrysanthemum soup and pickles

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Nana yatsuhashi with tangerine and sweet osmanthus

Sawada (Tokyo)

Scores: 2 M*

This was the best sushi that I have never had.  Out of this world tuna, huge grilled prawns and some Edomae style preparations were just some of the many treats that we were served.

Sawada did this best to talk to us in his limited English and gave us our napkins to take away.

Why this does not have 3 stars is a mystery.

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L’Osier (Tokyo)

http://losier.shiseido.co.jp/e/

Scores: 2 M*

We had a top class meal at the new L’Osier. This would be regarded as great French food anywhere in Europe- after we left we said it was probably a solid 2 star restaurant so I was not that surprised when it received 2 stars in the guide a couple of weeks later.

Excellent service, especially from the friendly French manager.

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The room

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Canapes

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DUBLIN BAY PRAWNS

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HATA FISH

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PF

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