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“Good experience, but room for improvement”
Review of China Blue

China Blue
Ranked #269 of 11,231 Restaurants in Minato
Cuisines: Chinese
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Good for: Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Odaiba / Shiodome / Shinbashi
Description: Discover the tranquility of China Blue. Dine on Award-Winning cuisine while appreciating the skyline view through floor-to-ceiling windows. Indulge in modern Chinese dishes given an innovative twist. Enjoy the unique Asian cuisine in the contemporary surroundings. Personalize your meal by choosing the perfect wine from the 8-meter walk-in cellar. Choose from three private dining rooms for a memorable dinner as you overlook Hamarikyu Garden and Tokyo Bay.
Reviewed September 15, 2013

For Chinese-style food, it was quite innovative, but the concepts and execution were not always on the mark. The food performance was a mixed bag; definitely room for improvement. My wife and I had the prix-fixe menu one level up from entry level. The amuse-bouche, two small mulled apple slices, was unremarkable. In my opinion this could have worked much better by dicing the same apple slices, combining the dice with toasted pine nuts, and placing the mix in a mini-tart shell along with a custard. Now that spells Y-U-M to me. The tempura beef-balls with salad, and the shark-fin soup, were exceptional (best shark-fin soup that I have experienced, with superb, rich broth). The Korean pumpkin dish was real nice, but the little bits of pork were a weak point (the pork bits were too small and bland). A recommendation would be to have roast pork (char siu) sized to match the pumpkin slices and to add a limited, judicious amount of fermented black beans. The white fish in coconut curry sauce was well prepared, albeit rather on the hot spicy side (kind of Thai-like). It was very tasty, but the flavor of the fish was overpowered by the sauce. The crab-infused fried rice was delicious but lacked any modicum of color. A suggestion would be to add lightly cooked, fresh and sweet (not starchy) green peas, for taste and color; perhaps, even some French-style lardons, sized to match the egg-white dice. The dessert course was a low point of the meal. The poached pear was not only rather flavorless, but it was immersed in a very dilute fruit juice. We just could not eat this! The passion fruit juice also on my plate was exquisite, but the one on my wife's plate was weak and insipid. Strange how they could differ so much. In any case, for such a dish I would have poached the pear in a decent Sauternes and then concentrated the liquid into a viscous syrup, with the wine providing suitable structure to the jus. Addition of a small amount of warm spices would also be good here. The ambiance was chic and romantic; however, there was an excessive amount of noise emanating from the kitchen when the door was opened. The kitchen staff should be advised to talk much less and in hushed tones.

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is the only Chinese restaurant in Tokyo hotels that retains a Michelin star, while many others have their star stripped. The food is innovative, the chef uses very unusual ingredients and pays attention to details. Evening course can be a dimsum plate. Food presentation really nice and service excellent. The food is actually authentic, though "different". Nice view from dining room.

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Reviewed May 10, 2013

Had a special tasting menu with far too many soups for one meal, not my thing.

Quality is good but frankly disappointing for a 1 star rated Michelin restaurant. Star comes most probably from fantastic scenary (night-time views over Tokyo Bay) than inventive food. Hardly touched the dessert which was clearly poor. Not to mention no surprise pre-dessert/amuse bouche were served.

Menu included shark. Fancy on the menu board but fail to deliver taste-wise.

Good service, kind staff otherwise.

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Thank Parilon
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

Great restaurant in the Conrad hotel in Shiodome.
Excellent food, service and great view. Mixture of 3 different food cuisines was great.

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Reviewed January 18, 2013

I had much better chinese food both in China and the US for a fraction of the price. Also, they serve shark fin soups - I am totally against this dish as it is very cruel for the sharks.

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