(Main residence of the Imperial Family. Picture source – Travel Habit / August 2012 )

From traditional Japanese to impressive French and Italian cuisine, Tokyo boasts a great array of dining experiences! And with more Michelin stars than any other city on earth, Tokyo is every food lover’s dream… When we visited in August 2012, we found that it can be quite difficult to guide yourself through the dining scene. Challenge 1: Finding a good restaurant that suits your needs. Challenge 2: Locating your chosen venue. Sounds simple, but not in Tokyo, where many restaurants are well hidden on upper floors in anonymous buildings or marked with just a tiny sign with Japanese characters. Challenge 3: Actually reading the menu (thank God for pictures… More expensive restaurants do offer menus in English, though). Below I have listed some of the restaurants we tried out in Tokyo, which I would recommend to everyone visiting this amazing city.

NEW YORK GRILL AT THE PARK HYATT Cuisine: Grill Style. Located on the 52nd floor of the Park Hyatt Tokyo, with enormous floor-to-ceiling windows, you can enjoy spectacular views of the city. On clear days you can actually see Mount Fujiyama – beautiful! The restaurant and mainly the restaurant bar is famous from its appearence in the movie Lost in Translation. If you are lucky, you may see celebrities in the bar, as the Park Hyatt is a preferred hotel for many celebs! Website here.

L’ATELIER JöEL ROBUCHON Cuisine: French. Eventhough this French restaurant has been awarded two Michelin stars, the enviroment is still rather casual. You can dine at the counter, while you watch the chefs preparing your food in the open kitchen before you, or at the “normal” tables. Besides the course menus, there is an extensive range of a la carte menu items. Lovely food and great service! Website here.

TWO ROOMS Cuisine: Grill Style. This mordern bar and restaurant has an amazing outdoor terrace boasting a spectacular view of the skyline (book a table outside!). Known as a go-to spot for the city’s fashion crowd and business people. The menu is on the pricey side, but I think it’s worht it! Placed in the AO Building. Serves good cocktails as well. Website here. (Also see first picture below and this blog post)

JOMON ROPPONGI Cuisine: Japanese. DON’T miss this place if you want a true Japanese experience. It’s super casual, smokey (from food, so don’t wear your finest clothes) and seating can be a bit cramped, but the food is fantastic and the atmosphere is great! Kushiyaki (skewer grilled) is the specialty here, with excellent grilled skewers of chicken, fish, pork and vegetables. Can be difficult to find the venue – think we walked past it a couple of times…

TIP!! If you want to try out some of Tokyo’s many Michelin star awarded restaurants, you can save some money by visiting the restaurant for lunch rather than dinner. Remember that bookings are essential in Tokyo!

( Picture source – Travel Habit / August 2012 )