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Editor’s Notes

Greetings from the Pocket Concierge Editorials!
The world’s gourmands may already know, but Asia’s Best 50 Restaurants 2017, the 2017 rendition of the highly-regarded yearly compilation of the region’s top eats, was announced on February 21st. The 5th-generation list featured restaurants from 11* different Asian countries and areas, ranking the cream of the crop from the far east. Bangkok, the site of the awards ceremony, saw a hoard of starred chefs and restaurant staff from throughout the region come together for the live-streamed event. Every year, the Best Restaurants rankings are determined by a vote of industry professionals, chefs, and critics well versed in the area. However, selected restaurants and invitees are not informed of their results, hence every announcement leads to venue-wide surprise and jubilation, especially around the chefs and related partners.
In the 2017 version, 10 Japanese restaurants and chefs were honored with the title of Asia’s Best 50. We at Pocket Concierge are proud to present these world-class restaurants representing Japan and its unique culinary culture, from its abundance of ingredients, incredible technique, and renowned mindset in service. Through enjoying experiences at such wonderful culinary environments, we sincerely hope our guests feel their lives enhanced; this is why we serve our customers, to connect more visitors to such magnificent life experiences, to enable a happier world through gourmet. If any of the below restaurants pique your interest, do take a look through our Pocket Concierge service, and while difficult, allow us to help you painlessly book your seats there!

*The 11 countries/areas featured were: Japan, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines

Contents

1. Japan’s World-Famous Restaurants; from Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017

2. Summary

Japan’s World-Famous Restaurants; from Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017

NARISAWA


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【Awards and Mentions】

Asia’s Best Restaurants 2017: #6
The Best Restaurant in Japan 2017

【Restaurant Information】

Owner-chef Yoshihiro Narisawa, creator of the unique ‘Innovative Satoyama Cuisine’ and the ‘world’s most influential chef’ according to celebrated international gastronomy congress Madrid Fusion 2010, runs this Minami-Aoyama restaurant with a distinctly Japanese touch; NARISAWA, under the decorated chef’s mantra of ‘Ji-nen; nature’, is an unparalleled sanctuary of unmeasurable culinary influence where human and nature collide and blend harmoniously into ‘life’.

【Restaurant Information】

NARISAWA
・Address: 2-6-15 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
・Access: 3-minute walk from Aoyama-Icchome Station Exit 5 (Tokyo Metro Hanzomon/Ginza Lines, Toei Oedo Line)
・Seats: Table Only
・Michelin Guide: 2 Stars

Nihon-Ryori Ryugin


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【Awards and Mentions】

Asia’s Best Restaurants 2017: #7

【Restaurant Information】

A Japanese restaurant proud to represent Japan in all of its beauty, Roppongi’s Ryugin takes a unique and unmatched approach to traditional Japanese cuisine. Owner-chef Seiji Yamamoto’s doctrine of ‘Japanese cuisine is the symbol of Japanese plenitude’ is brought to life in his culinary art, each dish of which is ‘a supreme blessing’ designed to ‘taste the ingredients, the treasures of the Japanese heartland, in their most natural state’. In his moody and atmospheric hall, enjoy inspirational evocations of transient Japanese seasons alongside a certain pride in Japanese fruitfulness and quality.


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【Restaurant Information】

Nihon-Ryori Ryugin
・Address: 1F, Side Roppongi Building, 7-17-24 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
・Access: 2-minute walk from Roppongi Station Exit 2 (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
・Seats: Tables, Private Rooms Available
・Michelin Guide: 3 Stars

Den


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【Awards and Mentions】

Asia’s Best Restaurants 2017: #11
The Art of Hospitality Award

【Restaurant Information】

Owner-chef Zaiyu Hasegawa of Den serves an original, Japanese-based creative fusion cuisine full of wonder and surprise, lighting up smiles with guests both from in town and the world. The recipient of the new ‘Art of Hospitality’ Award, his establishment is overflowing with warm geniality, down to the chef’s beloved dog and Den’s very own mascot welcoming all guests with a happy reception.

【Restaurant Information】

Den
・Address: Kenchikuka-Kaikan JIA Building, 2-3-18 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
・Access: 10-minute walk from Gaienmae Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line)
・Seats: Tables, Private Rooms Available

L’Effervescence


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【Awards and Mentions】

Asia’s Best Restaurants 2017: #12

【Restaurant Information】

A French restaurant with Japanese wisdom, chef Shinobu Namae’s L’Effervescence seeks to serve with the essence of ‘Ichiza-Konryu’; as every guest is a blessing that may never recur, they are to be treated with utmost hospitality to an extraordinary moment in life. Fully utilizing every bit of both analysis and sixth sense, L’Effervescence presents innovative French dishes alongside a refined mood, polished service, and breathtaking pairings selected by wine-director Ogoshi. Do try their year-round specialite, a succulent, low-temp slow-cooked full turnip masterpiece.

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【Restaurant Information】

L’Effervescence
・Address: 2-26-4 Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
・Access: 12-minute walk from Omotesando Station Exit B1 (Tokyo Metro Hanzomon/Chiyoda/Ginza Lines)
・Seats: Tables, Private Rooms Available
・Michelin Guide: 2 Stars

Florilege


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【Awards and Mentions】

Asia’s Best Restaurants 2017: #14

【Restaurant Information】

A modern-French restaurant aiming to ‘have guests feel happiness through a gourmet experience in the restaurant environment’, chef Hiroyasu Kawate uses his unique inspirations and myriad techniques to create extraordinary, outside-the-box dishes breaking traditional boundaries. His courses, cooked up dynamically at the open kitchen-counter, elegantly showcase the fruits of Japanese nature and the toil of those working it; feel the power and magnificence of Kawate’s proud sources and ingredients in his lively yet aweing hall.

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【Restaurant Information】

Florilege
・Address: B1, EIZAN Gaien, 2-5-4 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
・Access:
・Seats: Counter, Semi Private Rooms Available
・Michelin Guide: 1 Star

Quintessance


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【Awards and Mentions】

Asia’s Best Restaurants 2017: #18

【Restaurant Information】

Chef Shuzo Kishida’s Shinagawa establishment captures the very essence of French cuisine; in relentless pursuit of the perfect trinity of ‘produit (ingredients)’, ‘cuisson (cooking)’, and ‘assaisonner (seasoning)’, chef Kishida achieved an unthinkable 3 Michelin stars for a consecutive decade. Even today, whilst constantly evolving, this theme lives on; refusing to waver with transient trends, whether in ingredients or culinary methods, chef Kishida stays true to his soul, continuously seeking his vision in the uncompromising creation of unquestionably delicious dishes, a true professional.


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【Restaurant Information】

Quintessance
・Address: 1F, Garden City Shinagawa Gotenyama, 6-7-29 Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan
・Access: 10-minute walk from Shinagawa/Osaki/Gotanda Stations (JR Lines)
・Seats: Tables, Private Rooms Available
・Michelin Guide: 3 Stars

Sushi Saito


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【Awards and Mentions】

Asia’s Best Restaurants 2017: #26

【Restaurant Information】

Meet the amazing Takashi Saito at this acclaimed Roppongi sushi shop; His Edo-mae style sushi, crafted with meticulous technique and deft touch, presented on a simple, luminescent plain-wood counter, is a wonderous medicine capable of relaxing any guest’s tension instantly. The chef’s lovable character, belying the respect he garners as one of Japan’s finest sushi masters, has enraptured many a guest, with his fine hospitality keeping avid fans from local and abroad continuously coming for more. Enjoy an amusing and amazing experience with a fun chef as he concocts an omakase-course of sushi and appetizers just for you, all the while peppering you and fellow guests with lighthearted chatter.

【Restaurant Information】

Sushi Saito
・Address: 1F, Ark Hills South Tower, 1-4-5 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
・Access: 3-minute walk from Roppongi-Icchome Station (Tokyo Metro Namboku Line)
・Seats: Counter Only
・Michelin Guide: 3 Stars

HAJIME


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【Awards and Mentions】

Asia’s Best Restaurants 2017: #34

【Restaurant Information】

Hajime Yoneda’s ‘Innovative Cuisine’ makes Osaka’s HAJIME a special place to visit. The lone Japanese representative of Japan sans-Tokyo to make Asia’ Best 50, Hajime unfolds a ‘whole new world of gastronomical wonder’ abound with his culinary philosophy; ‘meticulously calculated technique, revolutionary vision, and uncompromising spirit of inquiry’. Enjoy HAJIME’s grand-scale in an ‘interactive conversation with Earth’ using all 5 senses, depicted in the ‘art’ of chef Hajime’s culinary masterpieces.

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【Restaurant Information】

HAJIME
・Address: 1F, AiPlus Edobori, 1-9-11 Edobori, Nishi-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka, Japan
・Access: 3-minute walk from Higobashi Station Exit 7 (Osaka-Shiei Yotsuhashi Line)
・Seats: Tables, Private Rooms Available
・Michelin Guide: 2 Stars

TAKAZAWA


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【Awards and Mentions】

Asia’s Best Restaurants 2017: #50

【Restaurant Information】

Owner-chef Yoshiaki Takazawa runs Akasaka’s TAKAZAWA, conjuring ‘innovative cuisine’ with a theme of ‘reconstructing the fruits of Japan’s beauty, land, people, culture, and traditions in a modern manner’. Takazawa’s proposition comes to life in his vibrantly beautiful, artful dishes, each of which shake guests into deep contemplation with subtle yet exquisite tastefulness; with such original pan-genre creations, TAKAZAWA unlocks new potential in the world of gastronomy. With a passionate tact, the chef guides his house, from ingredient to wine, tableware, and every possible affective factor of TAKAZAWA, ensuring an incredible and inspiring experience.

【Restaurant Information】

TAKAZAWA
・Address: 2F, Sanyo Akasaka Building (Backstreet Side), 3-5-2Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
・Access: 3-minute walk from Akasaka Station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line)
・Seats: Table only

ESqUISSE


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【Awards and Mentions】

Asia’s Best Patissier (Pastry Chef) 2017

【Restaurant Information】

Kazutoshi Narita, Ginza French ESqUISSE’s chef-patissier, was selected as ‘Asia’s Best Patissier’, a special award separate from Asia’s Best 50 Restaurants. Narita is an internationally decorated prince of the patisserie world, having experience as chef-patissier at various Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris and Italy as well as having served as chef at the esteemed ‘Pierre-Hermes’ and ‘Chateau Restaurant Joel Robuchon’.

【Restaurant Information】

ESqUISSE
・Address: 9F, Royal Crystal Ginza, 5-4-6 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
・Access:
・Seats: Tables, Private Rooms Available
・Michelin Guide: 2 Stars

Summary

People visit restaurants for a myriad of reasons; dates, anniversaries, business receptions, family dinners, personal treats, the list goes on and on. Likewise, the answer to ‘what kind of restaurant do you like?’ has an innumerable quantity of varying answers as well; some may prefer a entertaining environment, where communication with the chef is ample and personal; others my prefer chefs that are craftsmen-like, with a quiet and sincere approach to cuisine; still others may be desperate to get seats at the ‘un-bookable’, vying for positioning on a waiting list. Personal preferences regarding restaurants, the value attached to an experience at each, fluctuates depending not only on trend but also a person’s internal time and experience and environment, not unlike that of cultural assets like music or works of art. Hence, rankings such as Asia’s Best 50 are not to be taken for granted; we the users must understand that these rankings too are affected by era, trends, and motives of the hosting entity. Only on top of this understanding can we finally move ahead to gaining truly memorable restaurant experiences, those that are held fond and fast for the ages.
We at Pocket Concierge sincerely hope to provide our guests with such enlightening, joyful encounters; our partners are not only internationally renowned, accolade-rich ‘un-bookable’ destinations, but also include hidden gems that the giants of cuisine are loath to let out, as well as members-only hole-in-a-walls that rarely if ever reach the public realm. From our diverse and extraordinary selection, please allow us to help you choose the restaurant best suited for you and your occasion; we exist to stage the fateful encounter of our guests and the restaurant experience of a lifetime.

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