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“A Dining Experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tapas Molecular Bar

Tapas Molecular Bar
Ranked #1 of 7,725 Restaurants in Chuo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $177 - $253
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
tokyo
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A Dining Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

This was probably the most special dining experience of our lives. The set menu is 14,000 yen per person and cocktails and drinks are an additional approximately 1,500 yen each. If you want to sit in the lounge afterwards for coffee and chocolates, that is additional, too, and not really worth the cost, nor necessary, as the meal itself is so amazing! All that being said, don't let the price put you off. It's definitely worth it for the experience! This is truly a dining experience. The restaurant seats only seven people. There are two seatings nightly. They take reservations two months in advance, so call as soon as you know your desired date because they do book up. Each set meal consists of about 28 courses. You sit around the preparation area, so you can watch the chefs prepare each course. As they serve each course, they explain how it was prepared and how to eat it. There is always an English speaking chef working. Each course is delicious and beautifully presented. The wait staff is very attentive. Smart casual clothing is fine. This is truly a fun experience, and not uncomfortably formal, despite the high price. You can see several videos of this restaurant on youtube.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Stockholm, Sweden
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85 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Something different and exciting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

With very good food and lovely views Tapas Molecular Bar would get good grades even if it was just an ordinary restaurant. But this is no ordinary restaurant, it is something much more fun. In this restaurant the imaginative culinary arts is in focus, with cool cooking techniques, beautiful arrangements and taste sensations.

Without being too pretentious the friendly chefs serves a greater number of very different small dishes, where both eye and palate are challenged. The favorites dishes was those that turn out to be so much more than they look like, for example, a chocolate dessert that imitates an egg and lamb rack with injected sauce that tastes amazing. The chefs spoke good English and instructed us along the way and answered all questions.

We can highly recommend the restaurant. You will not regret it and you will not forget it.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank JPeW
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Perth
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46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Cirque Du Soleil of Dining!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

If previous reviewers haven't convinced you yet to shell out the cash to experience Tapas Molecular Bar, then hopefully I can help: Just Go! You won't regret it.
My husband and I were absolutely blown away by this experience and he's not a man that's easily impressed, especially by degustations :|
We struggled to come up with a description because while there is indeed food involved, it was so much more than just dining. We were entertained, amused, surprised and educated, and all the while being fed some gobsmackingly good food. Hence, I decided to call Tapas Molecular Bar the Cirque Du Soleil of dining.
Is it worth the money? I believe so. You may get better value for money at other restaurants (ie - you may feel more full elsewhere) but you're really getting a unique experience. After 20 courses, I felt pretty full and my husband wasn't complaining of needing more food either, so if you are on the more ravenous side, I suggest having a snack beforehand or later.
Beverages aren't cheap and may end up costing as much as the degustation so be aware. The Mandarin is not a budget hotel by a long stretch. Totally recommended!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank monipod
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San Francisco, California
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191 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
“Amazing experiance .. Magical Berries ..”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

what an amazing experiance. lovely presentation , service and concept. from start to finish. 20 dishes through out the course. i was praticularly amazed by the wagyu beef, aswell as the desserts, the "EGG" and also the magical beryy experiance. its a must for every tourist. - and worth every penny

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank xxbcxxy
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Bath, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“One of the highlights of our honeymoon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Yes, it is expensive (£350 for two people including 2 bottles of wine and a cocktail) but it is worth it for a once in a lifetime trip/experience.
Great food but also a great show. We loved the theatre created by the clever food - such as the mini glacier which made smoke blow out of your nose when you ate it, the forest bonfire course, the leaf that tasted like an oyster and many more. The 2 hours passed in a flash. Staff were friendly and informative. We don't usually frequent hotels such as the Mandarin Oriental but weren't made to feel out of place or looked down on as can be the case in some high-end restaurants or hotels. We reserved a table by the window for after the meal so we could finish our wine and enjoy the great views over Tokyo at the same time. If you have a special occasion and want a great food experience - go for it!! You must reserve well in advance.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank BH868841
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