Dining Out: Top 5 restaurants in Japan

Mon Feb 1, 2010 11:12pm EST
 
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SINGAPORE (Reuters Life!) - The Miele Guide to Asia's finest restaurants is written by food experts who know and love the region (www.mieleguide.com).

This is a list of the top 5 restaurants in Japan, arguably Asia's top gourmet destination and where the dining scene is as diverse as it is exciting. It is not endorsed by Reuters.

1. L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon (Tokyo) is the Japanese outpost of what is fast becoming one of the sexiest up-market food brands. Red and black dominate this long, skinny restaurant, and counter seats overlook a clean and busy kitchen. Robuchon has placed his Tokyo branch in the very capable hands of chef Ryuta Iizuka. The menu is akin to a tapas bar in that diners can choose to graze on a number of small plates. And, most delightfully, the dishes have roots in French, Italian, Spanish and even American cuisine. If it is your first time, we recommend splurging on the Menu Decouverte, or 'discovery menu'. But if you want a less substantial menu, order some of the small items. The gelee of hommard (lobster jelly) with sea urchin covered with cauliflower cream is one of Robuchon's signature dishes.

2F Roppongi Hills Hillside

6-10-1 Roppongi

Minato-ku, Tokyo

www.robuchon.com

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