The most awaited annual release of the list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants has come out for 2016. As expected, Japan was well represented in the top 100. However, 2 restaurants from Tokyo made it to the top 50! They are RyuGin and Narisawa.
In an unassuming block in Roppongi (六本木), Minato-ku (港区), Tokyo (where it literally feels like you are in the midst of office buildings) lies RyuGin. RyuGin is a culinary heaven that has existed for already more than a decade.
It is headed by Chef Seiji Yamamoto (山本征治) who takes pride in serving up the best of what Japan has to offer. Only the freshest seafood, meats, and vegetables make it to his restaurant’s tables that have a waiting list just to get in. He wants to let you savor Japan in its purest sense where one can literally taste the changing of the season in each bite.
In fact, the menu changes depending on what is the freshest available seasonally. Each dish is like an art. It’s hard to believe that the restaurant was only listed at no. 31 with all this attention to detail.
Words cannot even begin to describe what going to NARISAWA feels like. Nestled in the upscale Minami-Aoyama (南青山) district, even the clean lines of the exterior along with the clear glass and minimalistic artwork and silver etching of its signage belies the creativity that lies within. This restaurant is truly a feast for the senses.
The head chef and namesake Yoshihiro Narisawa (成澤由浩) has extensively trained in Europe and has brought his culinary skills to the passion he feels for his homeland and its interplay with nature, especially with the forest and the seas of the Japanese landscape.
Amazingly, the food tastes even better than it looks. Dining at NARISAWA is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience and deserves to be on the list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. It’s the highest-ranking one from Japan to make it on the list at no. 8.
So if you’re lucky enough to be in Tokyo, make sure to check these restaurants out. You won’t regret it! Itadakimasu!