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“The one experience in our honeymoon we won't forget”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of NARISAWA

NARISAWA
Ranked #4 of 10,801 Restaurants in Minato
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $109 - $181
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Akasaka / Roppongi
Sydney, Aus
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“The one experience in our honeymoon we won't forget”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

A little difficult for our taxidriver to find, but definitely worth the experience. Each course was an experience in itself, from the moss covered butter, the dirt soup, to ash covered wagyu steak. My favourite was the tapioca dessert which was something like 5 kilograms of tapioca starch boiled down to enough courses for everyone booked for the evening.
They made sure to congratulate us on the first night of our honeymoon with the most delicious simple cake as a complimentary gift.
My new husband was surprised that the bill wasn't too expensive for so many courses we had.
Would definitely return for one of our future anniversaries.

  • Visited April 2013
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
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  • Swedish first
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English first
Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“creations of the soul or of the brain?”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2014

Narisawa is considered the best japanese restaurant by "the Restaurant" magazine, but Guide Michelin has recently dropped one star from its former three stars rating. This shows how evaluations of haute cuisine depends on the priorities criteria of the taster. The "Restaurant" is known for giving high value to preparations that highlight the natural, organic, environment-friendly character of the dish, whereas Michelin gives high marks to the meticulousness, refinement and respect to tradition in the food "saveur". Narisawa falls into the first category but the result turns out more like an intellectual exercise than a intuitive creation. In its Winter Collection 2014, the motif is "to Evolve with the Forest", but the sequence of dishes does not make this line very obvious. It starts with the "Bread of the Forest" ad the "Satoyama scenery", a tasteful mix of leaves and roots minutely composed, followed by a delicious "Sumi" (Oyster in a carbonnized dough). But the sudden presentation of a soup called "Okinawa" is a non-sequitur puzzle. Also the "soil water" (really earth soil diluted in water) is more of an exoticism than a delicacy. After some more dishes, the sudden arrival of a seafood soup (a second one in the dinner?), although delicious, cuts the appetite for the rest of the menu. Other excelent creations, like Langourstine Suruga Bay and Spanish Mackerel Hagi follows. By the time the "Sumi Kobe beef" comes to table, one has barely space for tasting and digesting this otherwise heavenly dish. The desserts are just normal, with the exception of a sake souffle that has a delicate taste. To sum up, although the food is of a very high standard, the motif, taste and sequence do not necessarily match harmoniously. It is just a pity that so much elaborate dishes are somewhat lost in a forest of intellectual conceptions.

  • Visited March 2014
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Paris, France
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“very snobbish not culinary”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2014

Supposedly the best restaurant in Asia and the 25th in the world.
strangely i able to quote dezens of better one in Japan and i don't pretend to be a specialist.
Good point the products are the best of the best. you can feel the fish is of another kind, but this is not the sole place to find the best quality in Tokyo.
But snobbery is also at its best. the no decoration room make you feel in an hospital.
The cook isd surely good but not creative.
The staff always seems to judge if you deserve to be there.
The perfect place to loose some time and money.

Visited March 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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299 reviews
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“Great for Lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2014

This is our 3rd time back at Narisawa and it's was still a splendor to return each time.The lunch value without the wine pairing was great. During this trip we also had chance to dine at Ishikawa, Quintessence, Ryujin and Shinji. Would I return for the 4th time at Narisawa, that would be a definite yes for lunch. I would give them A+ for food presentation and quality but for service A- as most wait staff do not interact much with customers if that's your first time there. But since we been back 3 times, we know and have interacted with the wait staff. What makes a dining experience enjoyable and memorable is both the food value as well as the welcoming experience from the human interaction. That's my humble opinion.

Visited February 2014
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Thank Michael C
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Singapore, Singapore
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44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Fun experience but a little over rated”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2014 via mobile

Very dish was a surprise. Artistically well done. Pretty plating. Every dish was related to the main theme, which was 'encounter with the forest' for mine. Well co-ordinated.
But at the end of the meal, don't expect to have the satisfaction that one will have after a hearty Japanese meal.

  • Visited February 2014
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