With more Michelin stars than any other city on earth, Tokyo is a restaurant dream. Japan has perhaps the finest ingredients in the world, and chefs who know how to put them to best use in a vast range of cooking styles.
Many of our readers will already be aware of Japanese cuisine, with sushi becoming one of the mainstays of food around the world, but what you may not know is how Japanese food became what we know and love today.
Traditionally rice and fish have always been staples in the Japanese diet, while meat consumption was low until the end of the 19th Century. When Japan modernized and meat became more readily available across the Far East the traditional dishes of China started to become more common in Japan, with the Japanese regularly eating meat-based dishes such as tonkatsu, gyozas and ramen. Since then Japan has gone on to become a global powerhouse when it comes to fine dining. In 2011, Japan overtook France as the country with the most Michelin starred restaurants in the world, firmly cementing its place as the top destination for food lovers everywhere.
As with any city you will find a wide variety of cooking styles, flavors and styles of dining in Tokyo. In no particular sequence, here are Elite Traveler’s 19 of the best restaurants in Tokyo.
Aronia de Takazawa, Tokyo, Japan
This tiny restaurant is a family affair, with Yoshiaki Takazawa behind the stoves and his wife Akiko running the service. The elaborate and inventive cooking is illustrated by a ratatouille of 15 vegetables as a little terrine. In another dish assorted vegetables are harvested from a “soil” of breadcrumbs by the diner. The interior of Aronia de Takazara is petit, with just five tables and enough space for the chefs to freshly prepare all the food.
3 Chome-5-2 Akasaka, 港区 Tokyo 107-0052, Japan