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Jan 17, 2011 03:03 AM

Japanese Chef at Michelin-rated French Restaurant in Tokyo -- Which one to choose?

We would like to try a Michelin-rated French Restaurant in Tokyo run by a Japanese Chef. Which one should we pick for dinner?

Koji Shimomura -- His two stars were removed this year. Anyone knows why?
Quintessence -- Too hard to get a reservation? We will be in Tokyo two weeks from now.
Tetra Yoshino -- There are three. Is anyone better than the other two?

I appreciate all your suggestions. Thanks.

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  1. Not strictly French as you may be looking for, but would highly reccomend Aronia De Takazawa, if you can get in at short notice.

    Had a Tokyo foodie trip there recently, and they were the highlight of the trip. I have to write something up on it shortly - Ive been a tad slack

    That said I'm heading back there when I can.... really was a great experience, and very nice people also :)


    1. I've been to both Koji Shimomura and Quintessence. I really loved Quintessence, but there's no way that you are going to be able to get a reservation this late. Koji Shimomura is also excellent, but slightly more traditional than Quintessence. I was there in Feb 2010, not sure why he lost his stars.

      I must echo Blacken's high praise for Aronia De Takazawa...I've been there twice and those meals rank #1 and #2 on my all-time list. Just outstanding creativity and execution, plus great service from Akiko-san.