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Diners Club® Privileges Features Three of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants

The winners of the 2016 Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant’s Awards prestigious list were revealed to the world on 29 February at W Bangkok in Thailand. Diners Club card members can experience special privileges at a select number of restaurants awarded on the 2016 list with the use of their DCI card, and here are top three dining establishments on the list from Tokyo, Japan.

No.16 – L’Effervescence

Veal & Firefly Squid, Basque Ham and Brioche

Nestled in the Nishi Azabu district of Tokyo, this elegant restaurant is known for its modern French cuisine infused with Japanese ingredients helmed by Master Chef Shinobu Namae. Mentored by culinary icons Michel Bras and Heston Blumenthal earned him: one Michelin Star, #16 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 list and #85 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015 list.

Stand-out dishes include:  veal & firefly squid, basque ham and brioche and Tokyo turnip with parsley oil. With the Diners Clubs® Privileges Dining Collection, clubmembers enjoy preferred reservations, and a complimentary aperitif per guest, up to 4 guests.

Please contact L’Effervescence by phone at +81 3-5766-9500 or email at: or book online through the L’Effervescence website.

No. 24 – Takazawa  

Located in the Akasaka section of Tokyo, Master Chef Yoshiaki Takazawa and his wife create a dramatic dining experience with a fully lit open kitchen seated for 10 guests. Known for its Japanese-French fusion cuisine and its famous mosaic “Ratatouille” this restaurant’s ceremonial dining experience is something not to miss.

With the Diners Clubs® Privileges Dining Collection, clubmembers can receive an autographed photo and meet & greet with Master Chef Takazawa. To make reservations, please book online at the Takazawa website or contact Takazawa by phone at +81-03-3505-5052 from 14:00- 21:00 Tokyo time or email at:

No. 26 – Sushi Saito

The three Michelin starred Japanese cuisine restaurant in Minato, Tokyo is considered “The Best Sushi Restaurant in the World,” according to Joël Robuchon, a World-Renowned Chef with the most Michelin Stars.  Master Chef Takashi Saito is a young and accomplished with top culinary accolades such as three Michelin stars and recognized as #26 on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 List. Stand-out dishes include: O-Toro Nigiri (Tuna), Aji (Mackerel) with Ginger and Onions, Ani and Clams.

O-Toro Nigiri (Tuna)

With the Diners Clubs® Privileges Dining Collection, clubmembers can receive an autographed photo and meet & greet with Master Chef Takashi Saito. To make reservations, please contact Sushi Saito by phone at +81 03-3589-4412 to book your reservation.

Be sure to also check out Diners Club® Privileges for hotel accommodations in Tokyo, Japan. The Mandarin Oriental, a five-star luxury hotel in Tokyo, offers cardmembers a complimentary room upgrade and other special benefits, subject to availability at arrival.


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