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“Fantastic culinary experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tapas Molecular Bar

Tapas Molecular Bar
2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi | 38F, Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, Chuo, Tokyo Prefecture 103-8328, Japan
+81 3-3270-8188
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Ranked #2 of 4,914 restaurants in Chuo
Price range: $177 - $253
Cuisines: Tapas
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Good for: Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Fantastic culinary experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

This is an eight seater dining experience, situated in the mandarin oriental's lounge bar, where the chefs expertly prepare the food in front if you. You get lots of explanation about how the food is prepared and a huge amount of detail goes into each dish which is why you pay a little more than the average restaurant. This is all about the experience and trying a few different, but incredibly delicious, dishes. Worth every penny!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Nimes, France
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40 restaurant reviews
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
“Surprise your taste buds - spanish invention, japanese execution”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

No this is not a "japanese" restaurant - but given the name that should not come as a surprise. Instead it takes its inspiration from the spanish roots of molecular gastronomy and executes them with This restaurant has just 6-8 seats at a bar in the lobby lounge of the Mandarin Oriental hotel yet it delivers some of the most unusual, surprising and innovative tastes in Tokyo. The personal attention of the two chefs throughout the meal gives a high level of intimacy and service with the opportunity to learn a little about the cutting edge techniques used to create the dishes.

The meal consists of about 20 tiny dishes (with sensible wine pairing if desired). Some are exceptional, most good and one or two dont quite work but are interesting nevertheless. Star turns include the truffle croquette with hunting pig, an amazing one bite lamb chop containing its own gravy and a succulent langoustine which is probably the best I have ever eaten. Each dish is tiny yet we left the restaurant feeling pleasantly full.

Given the location and the amount of work involved in delivering such a complex menu the prices are lower than you might expect - about $140 for the food and wine by the glass at about $25.

The view from the 38th floor of the Mandarin over central Tokyo is stunning - worth arriving early for a glass of champagne and a window seat overlooking the electric metropollis

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Visit to tapas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013 via mobile

I was invited to this restaurant by my business partner. This bar itself is very small, for 6-7 people. All food is created in front of you. All courses is served in very unusual an fun way. Insanely awesome view on night Tokyo.

I advice you to visit this place, but book it in advance.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“What it is and What it is not.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Here's what it is. It's intimate. You are being served exceptionally creative food personally by two chefs over the counter that only sits 6. It's experimental as you would expect from any molecular dego. It's romantic in a way. You are seated in the high floor magnificent hotel lobby overlooking Tokyo city. It's playful and fun as the food will always come with a twist and more. And it's delicious enough to be enjoyable.

Here's what it's not. It's not very "Japan". This restaurant could be in any other international city for that matter. Same goes with the food. It's very contemporary hence it doesn't have any oriental identity. It's more about innovation of food technique rather than the application of those techniques to create satisfying meals. The analogy I would use is like going to a tech lab to be amused by the way sound wave can be transmitted using radio frequency as compared to the experience of using a mobile phone to satisfy the need to communicate with someone remotely.

All in all, I don't think anyone would be disappointed by TMB. And it's important that venues like TMB continue to play their role in the food scene because only via innovation that in the future we will be able to advance even further when it comes to food.

Visited April 2013
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“Unique dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

This restaurant is a brilliant idea. With two chefs and up to eight guests it's extremely personal - and interactive. They strive to surprise with the 20 little dishes and they succeed.
Several reviews have suggested that the price is steep. I'd say not by Tokyo standards. Most high end prix fixe menus are much more expensive than this one. But nowhere near as fun! Don't miss it.

Visited August 2013
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