Flavour Seekers – The Tokyo Tour
To say Tokyo is home to a variety of sights to see would be an understatement. From the steps of the Meiji Shrine to the top of its neon-lit skyscrapers, there’s a view worth admiring around every corner—complete with a dish worth savoring.
Perhaps the only thing that receives the same level of meticulous care and attention present in every meal would be the guests of Motoyoshi Tempura themselves. The warmly lit and cozy ambiance of the interior invites you to relish in every bite of tempura, every sip of wine and every minute of your moment here.
TOKYO SHIBA TOUFUYA UKAI
The Tokyo of 200 years ago is preserved in the 6,600 m² of extensive Japanese gardens that surround TOKYO SHIBA Toufuya Ukai. Specializing in homemade tofu crafted with high-quality soybeans and fresh spring water, it’s the perfect place to refuel before climbing the 600-step staircase of the nearby Tokyo Tower.
GINZA SUSHI AOKI
Traditional Edomae techniques honed over generations still have a place in the foundations of Ginza Sushi Aoki. But tradition hasn’t stifled innovation. Toshikatsu Aoki now imbues his experience traveling the world into the sushi. From his favorite flavours to his most cherished conversations, there’s a story to be told in every bite, in every dish.
No trip through Ginza would be complete without indulging in some of the finest wagashi and green tea Tokyo has to offer at Higashiya Ginza. With 30+ varieties of green tea and an assortment of seasonal sweets to pair them with, you’ll be hard pressed to leave the shop empty handed.
For anyone looking to justify their sweet tooth cravings, Toraya offers confections that are packed with both a rich history and flavour. Before establishing themselves in Tokyo, Toraya had made a name for itself as early as the 16th century, serving wagashi to the imperial court of Emperor Goyozei.
At a glance, it would be easy to mistake Nihonbashi Sembikya for some kind of museum dedicated exclusively to fruit, but it’s that reverence to their craft that makes it a standout experience. The main store is a multi-floored shop that features the highest quality of fruits from all over the world. If you’re looking to enjoy the best Sembikiya has to offer from the comfort of a bright, open and relaxed atmosphere, be sure to add this to your itinerary.
Kaiseki is Japan’s traditional take on the multi-course dinner, and Shirosaka is where the style has been perfected. The menu is an “omakase”—or set course. And while it changes with each passing season, owner and chef Hideki Li’s unrelenting commitment to his craft has not, earning the restaurant worldwide acclaim.
The traditional and the modern come together in perfect harmony at Maru to deliver creative kaiseki cuisine without needlessly complicating the experience. That same philosophy has been applied to the restaurant’s atmosphere, culminating in an elegant yet relaxed dining experience that leaves its patrons feeling like a guest in their own home.
A verifiable retreat from the bustle of the city, L’Effervescence delivers the premier French dining experience in Tokyo. There’s an intentional and profound respect for nature that comes through on every plate that invites their recipients to slow down and reconnect with the world around them. If you’re seeking a fresh twist on French cuisine, look no further.