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“Perfect Dining Experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of NARISAWA

NARISAWA
2-6-15 Minami Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo Prefecture 107-0062, Japan
+81 3-5785-0799
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Ranked #5 of 6,546 Restaurants in Minato
Price range: $101 - $168
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Perfect Dining Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Call the Airlines or use those Miles but get to Tokyo to try this fabulous, inventive establishment. So creative and presented in a friendly manner. Flavors were exceptional and each course was exciting. Servers obviously love being part of the adventure. Numerous diners were taking photos of the many course as most looked like works of art. We found ourselves worried we would not be able to eat later courses but found we were tempted to lick our plates time and time again. The chefs tossed in some additional courses and would have kept providing desert if we didn't insist the meal was over. This is by far our best restaurant experience well out distancing some renowned meals in NY, Chicago, France and Italy. We will insist friends get Narisawa on their bucket lists. Lunch is a fabulous deal.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Manila, Philippines
Top Contributor
124 reviews 124 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 52 cities Reviews in 52 cities
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
“Bursting with flavor and is so pretty to eat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Narisawa is a dream meal for me in Tokyo. Reasonably priced and is totally worthit if you know the ingredients thats being served to you. Plates are always full of flavor and are easy on the eyes. Your tummy will be full before you know it because of the richness of taste even if the serving size doesn't look that big. Number of courses are just right and the dessert are awesome. It helps also that they keep track of your record so that they will never serve you the same set of degustation every time you visit. Open kitchen is always a welcome sight. Chefs are like asembly line robots looking so precise. Restaurant is very nice. Service is top notch. I highly recommend this place at least once in your life anytime you get to visit Tokyo.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Very good but not convinced it is the Best Restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Very good food and presentation but a bit too dramatic and creative for me. Which is why I am not rating Narisawa Excellent. My husband and I have have enjoyed better fine dining restaurants. If you had more than enough time in Tokyo, I would still recommend that you try it. But if you had only two nights, try another place.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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HK
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Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Fantastic fusion food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

This is a special place for food. The building itself is modern and the decoration very tasteful. However, it didn't seem to go with the theme of the food, which was eating in the forest/nature.
We went for lunch (cheaper) and took nearly 3 hours to finish all our courses.
I have to say each course was special.
1 - bread. The bread is actually baked in front of you. Takes about 12 minutes
2 - the carbonised steak was special. Full of flavours
3 - the eggplant was presented with edible flowers.
4 - the deserts were excellent, the selection and presentation top class.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Theatrical meal with outstanding food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

For my review and photos from Narisawa, see the following link: http://foodmab.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/narisawa-tokyo-20-november-2012.html

Dining at Narisawa is not just about eating. It is also a show. The food is presented in a theatrical and dramatic manner. The cooking is precise and flavours are amazing. A restaurant worthy of a detour, as the Michelin Guide would say.

I came for the 4-course lunch meal that was priced at 7,350 yen. This is a bargain compared to their 10 course meal served at dinner, which is priced at 21,000 yen. For those on a budget and want to experience Michelin-star food, lunchtime is always the best bet. Narisawa has since changed the lunch course to match the dinner course and is now priced at 12,600 yen, which still represents value.

There are so many highlights from bread being baked at your table to the squid course called 'Ash'. This was a truly impressive dish, with great balance of flavours and perfectly cooked squid. With dramatic presentation to boot! The squid was grilled over a mix of cherry wood and charcoal, and served with a paprika sauce and vinaigrette. The vinaigrette was served as a frozen powder, resembling ash, and was generously spooned over the squid on the table, creating a veil of mist. The squid was fresh and tender to the bite. All the components work with each other, the vinaigrette creating that “wow” factor that you come to expect from a top Michelin star restaurant.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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