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“What it is and What it is not.”

Tapas Molecular Bar
Ranked #1 of 7,913 Restaurants in Chuo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $177 - $253
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
Melbourne
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36 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“What it is and What it is not.”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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Canada
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229 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
“Unique dining experience”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Manila, Philippines
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55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Molecular Thumbs Up”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2013

This is absolutely one of the places you need to try, although it is pricey. We were just three in the bar and there are two chefs serving us. One is the head chef (Chef Hashimoto) of the hotel and the other one is a japanese-canadian chef. Both carried great conversations with us as they do all the creative things with the food.

The dishes are not what they seem. This is the trick of their menu. They change it every season, and they will change it again on September.

Just have a night off and just go there and try it. Book in advance as they need to prepare. Don't cancel your reservation or you'll be charged since they need to prepare all the raw materials.

Worth it!

  • Visited August 2013
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Townsville, Australia
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82 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Absolutely amazing experience & food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

Wow!! Loved it!! I have no words but Chef Hashimoto is a genius! It was a bit hard on the wallet but was a highlight for us. So glad we went & we were 1 of 6 at the setting.

  • Visited July 2013
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Ireland
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70 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Magic Food - with entertaining chefs”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2013

Creative, exclusive and entertaining dinner. The chefs duo (one speaking in Japanese and one in English simultaneously) made the experience even more unique. Would go back there without a second thought.

  • Visited April 2013
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