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“A great dinner” 5 of 5 stars
Review of NARISAWA

NARISAWA
Ranked #3 of 10,275 Restaurants in Minato
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $115 - $191
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Akasaka / Roppongi
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A great dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I went for dinner. The food and service were very good although it would have been better if the server's English were better. It certainly deserves its 3-star Michelin rating.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Stockholm, Sweden
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62 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Don't miss !!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

The best restaurant in Asia. Very interesting meny, i got sea-turtle, sea snake buljong and they are extremely good. The price is reasonable for that quality of culinary art. I recommend the place!

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Singapore, Singapore
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Impeccable food and dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Simply put, this was one of the best meals I've ever had. The overall experience in terms of food, service, ambiance and also the idea/theme behind the food choice and presentation was excellent.

Other people have described it in extensive detail so all I'll say is that alongside the above the also made what was possibly the best bread (and butter) I've ever tasted. And to top it all off, the bread was cooked on our table right in front of us!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
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28 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“More than just a meal: Food & Philosophy at Narisawa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

In a visit to Narisawa you'll experience something quite unique. More than just a meal, you'll get to share in the chef's vision of food and life. Closer philosophically to Washoku than French cusine, Narisawa's cuisine is similar to kaiseki with it's multi-course presentation, reverence for seasonal changes and respect for each individual ingredient. Yet it is a wholly different experience in a modern, experimental way.
The service was outstanding with an attentive, international team of multilingual waiters and sommelier, every one of whom I found very knowledgable and quite personable, happy to stop for a longer chat about wine or food in several languages!
The night was immensely enjoyable and relaxed. We had a great view into the kitchen and could watch the whole team hard at work overseen by Narisawa-san.
It was interesting to note some international patrons at a nearby table who barely spoke to eachother & totally ignored the sommelier & the waiters whenever they explained a new dish, instead they spent the whole night with faces in their iphones - not a word of thanks or any acknowledgement did I see or hear ... some people are just ignorant and lack manners. (I guess they were probably busy preparing their next negative review.) Anyhow, I think the waiters and sommelier did a phenomenal job and I enjoyed my interaction with them as we got insights into the chef's sources & techniques - it also made the experience a very warm one.
The wine course was also a great experience - a surprising and interesting mix of old world wines, Japanese koshu, and nihonshu.
It's very easy to book a table online from overseas (but you need to register and login first at the top of their reservations page.)
And yes, dinner plus wine course will require an overdraft from your bank, so be prepared!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
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Dublin, Ireland
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100 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Fantastic dining experience. 2** Michelin definitely, best in Japan.... maybe....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

We ate in Narisawa last week. The entire experience was of an extremely high standard in keeping with their reputation. Service is absolutely top class; food excellent almost throughout with one or two more average dishes.

The first thing to mention with Narisawa is the standard of service and the general ambiance created in the restaurant. All of the staff were faultlessly courteous and knowledgeable about the elaborate menu presented. The flow of the meal and dining room atmosphere are very nicely measured.

The food was very inventive, in line with the chef's philosophy of keeping ingredients and dishes natural. Some dishes plated, for example the eggplant dish, looked better than they tasted, aided by some dramatic downlighting. By in large, however, each course was fantastic. The beef, alfonsino and langoustine courses were the highlights for me, together with the famous 'bread of the forest'. We tried two Boudreaux wines and a Pinot Gri - all superb.

We enjoyed Narisawa hugely and felt it presented good value. The food philosophy and quality of service make for a superior dining experience deserving of two Michelin stars. Best in Japan.... we'll see.

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