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sanchez17 Nov 18, 2008 08:00 PM

hey ive been told about a japanese michelin star restaurant in tokyo that is sumthing like 52 floors up some tower. i dont no what tower or the name of the restaurant. the only one i can find is " new york bar and grill " but its not that. its japanese cuisine. can anyone help?

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    lost squirrel Nov 19, 2008 06:14 PM

    The Tapas Molecular Bar is pretty high up, but I don't think it has a star yet. It may have gotten one in the most recent rankings but I'm not sure.

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    1. re: lost squirrel
      sanchez17 Nov 20, 2008 05:50 AM

      yeah i dont think thats it.. its more japanese then molecular food. but thanks for help anyway

      1. re: lost squirrel
        Robb S Nov 20, 2008 06:17 AM

        It did get one star in the new Michelin Guide.

      2. Robb S Nov 20, 2008 06:38 AM

        Any other clues? There are 173 Michelin-starred restaurants in Tokyo, and many are on the upper floors of skyscrapers. Ebisu, Shofukuro, Hanasanshou are a few - would you even recognize the name?

        1. Robb S Nov 20, 2008 06:50 AM

          Any other clues? There are 173 Michelin-starred restaurants in Tokyo, and many are on the upper floors of skyscrapers. Ebisu, Shofukuro, Hanasanshou are a few - would you even recognize the name?

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          1. re: Robb S
            sanchez17 Nov 21, 2008 06:15 AM

            unfortunatley no, but apparently it is something like the japanese words for " 52 above " i think its more like a japanese sushi bar type thing aswell...

            1. re: sanchez17
              Robb S Nov 21, 2008 11:02 AM

              No, sorry, none of the Michelin-starred restaurants in Tokyo has a name anything like that.

          2. sanchez17 Nov 23, 2008 05:38 PM

            ahh an update.. i now know that it is near the tsukiji fish markets. in some tower where all the rich japanese women go for lunch :)... anyclues?

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            1. re: sanchez17
              Robb S Nov 23, 2008 09:31 PM

              Not really, there are plenty of rich Japanese women in Tokyo to go around, and it's not surprising they'd be lunching at a Michelin-starred restaurant.... You do realize that "Michelin-starred restaurant" means a specific honor, not just "good restaurant"?

              Looking at the list of Tokyo's Michelin restaurants, there simply are none on the 52nd floor, and none with a name like "52 above".

              There is a Japanese place on the 25th floor of the Park Hotel in Shiodome, within walking distance of Tsukiji. There's also a lounge called "TwentyEight" at the Michelin-starred Conrad Hotel in Shiodome, on the same floor as two non-Japanese Michelin-starred restaurants.

              1. re: Robb S
                FourSeasons Nov 24, 2008 02:11 AM

                A quick glance at the latest edition of Michelin shows Bice, an Italian on the 47th floor of Caretta Shiodome, as the tallest in Michelin starred restaurant in Tokyo, but that is 5 floors below your target. There are two or three close to 40th floor, mainly at hotels such as Ritz Carlton and Mandarin Oriental. None is above 50th floor. I suspect your source is wrong. But why are you so interested in a restaurant on 52nd floor? Most are more interested in cuisine type or the culinary standard.

                1. re: FourSeasons
                  brunelleschi Nov 24, 2008 02:34 AM

                  the only thing i can find on the 52nd floor is a modern izakaya in nishi-shinjuku in the Sumitomo building . It has a star on bento but thats nothing to do with michelin (please correct me if im mistaken!). its called Yuian. Probably not the place ur looking for...? anyway, just a thought.

                  1. re: FourSeasons
                    sanchez17 Nov 24, 2008 03:11 PM

                    lol im a chef, my head chef ate at the place im looking for almost 2 years ago and reccomende it to me. so its not just that its nice and high up with a good view but also as far as michelin starred restaurants go its was quite cheap. but as far as i can see his memory is failing him :)

                    1. re: sanchez17
                      Robb S Nov 24, 2008 03:36 PM

                      Well as far as Michelin-starred restaurants go...there weren't any in Tokyo two years ago. The first guide was published in November 2007.

                      1. re: Robb S
                        sanchez17 Nov 24, 2008 04:15 PM

                        yeah i know.. it wasnt michelin star back then but he heard from a mate of his that lived in kyoto that it got its star. but neither of them remember what its called... mite just have to look around i think. thanks for your help anyway

                        1. re: sanchez17
                          Robb S Nov 24, 2008 04:41 PM

                          You might try Hanasanshou then, 25F of the Park Hotel (03-6252-1177). They are (were?) relatively cheap - prix-fixe lunch from Y2800, dinner from Y6400, according to the book.

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