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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