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Sep 7, 2007 11:52 AM

Restaurants in/near Mandarin Oriental Tokyo


I would like to know which restaurants which are near or in the Mandarin Oriental are worth visiting while I am there.



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  1. Tapas Molecular Bar in the hotel is well worth a visit, but you need to book in advance.

    Sant Pau Spanish restaurant nearby is also fantastic. ( )

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    1. re: Robb S

      Be warned about the Tapas Molecular Bar, I took my little sister there for her bday last week and unbeknownst to us they had increased the price over 65% due to the Holiday season and a holiday menu. It was quite a shock when the bill came.
      They did respond to my complaint and have begun re-training the staff to properly inform everyone who makes reservations.

    2. I definitely recommend Tapas Molecular Bar. I went this weekend and the experience was fantastic, and stay tuned for a review with photos coming soon. The menu was changed last week and we were lucky to sample several new dishes. All in all it was 26 courses, but I got 27, hehe, for my birthday. Highlights included: butter poached lobster with vanilla pureed potatoes. sous vide foie gras that was then seared on one side. Foie gras "cappuccino", and my personal favorite, seared scallop with bacon cream, roasted asparagus and pumpkin sorbet. It was lots of fun, all around and the chefs really made an effort to make my birthday special, including singing happy birthday and giving me an egg, which when smashed, yielded a paper crane. I was instructed to unfold it and everyone had written a personal message, including "it's been molecular!" haha. Also we were sent home with goody bags, which is always fun.

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      1. re: taryn

        Wow! Very interesting dishes. How much was the meal per person?

        1. re: Charles Yu

          Normally it is JPY 12,000 per person, but during the holiday season I believe the prices are 20,000 a person.

          There is a 7,500 wine pairing that is a good deal, although I would recommend just choosing your own glasses.

      2. Like everyone else, I had a great experience at the Tapa Molecular Bar. It was certainly one of the better "molecular" meals that I had, as I found most dishes to be interesting and actually tasted very good!

        1. Looks like I'll be staying at the Mandarin Oriental next week and I have never been to Tokyo. would love to go to an incredible sushi place..any rec's near the hotel?

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          1. re: Beach Chick

            Tenmatsu is a nice tempura shop near Nihonbashi bridge. The concierge can direct you there, and lunch is a bargain. Ask for a seat at the counter.


            Also, don't miss the depachika at Mitsukoshi.

            A great Japanese restaurant a short walk from the hotel is Nihonbashi Yukari. Chef Kimio Nonaga was the 2002 Iron Chef champion and he is almost always behind the counter.


            If you like fruit, don't miss Sembikiya (in the same building as the Mandarin Oriental).

            1. re: Yukari

              どうもありがとう (Dōmo arigatō)
              Is the hotel close to NTV studios?

                1. re: Yukari

                  Nippon TV Studios..they have it all set up..thanks again Yukari!

                  1. re: Beach Chick

                    The NTV studios are in Shiodome. Not very close to the Mandarin Oriental.