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“A stellar experience - innovative & creative. True genius!”
Review of NARISAWA

NARISAWA
Ranked #4 of 10,956 Restaurants in Minato
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $108 - $180
Cuisines: Japanese
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Akasaka / Roppongi
Reviewed April 24, 2014

The entire experience is faultless : decor, ambience, service & of course the food. Narisawa pushes the boundaries and does it with such style and genius. The forest experience was amazing & the mud soup was distinctive (contrary to other reviewers - we found Narisawa's interpretation refreshing and totally out of the box). The taste of the mud soup was almost medicinal (for those familiar with taking chinese herbal concoctions - this comes pretty close!)The care, attention and thought that goes into the pairings & combinations were brilliant. All senses are called to play - sight, smell, taste, texture & going through one's sensory perceptions through the meal is a must. Narisawa is not an instant gratification kind of meal (you're better off going to a steak house or standard seafood restaurant if all you want is a satisfying delicious meal & Tokyo has an abundance of these). However, you come to Narisawa to actually push boundaries in terms of what food can do. And as such - I can understand why some people seemed to be actually put off by the meal (judging from some of the reviews here). The waiting staff were friendly and well informed - explanations were detailed and informative. Bread was baked at your table in a hot stone pot, butter was dressed in a "moss like" tower, the smoked mackerel came in a cloud of smoke from cherry blossom chips & the Tajima beef was perfectly cooked. The only dish on the menu that failed to excite me was the pork dish. The drinks & wine menu was excellent and also priced fairly.

We managed to go for lunch (at Yen12,000 a head) - it is excellent value and I would definitely go again. Highly recommended, it is no wonder Narisawa has so many awards and accolades. Go for the experience (& like me) you will be wanting to return.

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Reviewed April 21, 2014

Yes, we also "evolved with the forest", but had an excellent impression even with the "mud" which is a soup of a particularly clean soil which has a very unusual taste indeed. All this is explained by the lovely team.

But Narisawa is obviously an eclectic artist - somewhat shy, he remained in the kitchen the whole evening. All products used were of top quality and the "smallest macarons" - many of them - as friandises are really to remember

The dining room is extremely elegant as is the exterior and the waiters are very keen to communicate and open towards westerners. This is not the "closed" somewhat awkward Japan you experience elsewhere.

This place has still potential. So why not 5 stars? We opted for the JPY 15 000 per person wine accompaniment and were disappointed that mostly sake was served - admittedly of high quality, but at the end the yoghurt sake made for an end which nearly made me run for the bathroom. For this price quality wine should be served as the name says: wine NOT sake. Despite the high price we were told that the aperitif was not included, so we paid extra for Champagne.

Go to this place, enjoy a wonderful evening and order two bottles of nice wine of your choice.

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Thank behuman
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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.

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Thank blinx
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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.

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Thank Edmundo F
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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.

4  Thank Tonyfr2014
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