Finishing up our trifecta of yummy Michelin starred delights for this visit to Japan, our last stop just before heading towards Narita Airport was non other than Les Créations de Narisawa. Or Narisawa for short. Helmed by Chef Yoshihiro Narisawa, (Yes, you’d have seen him if you watched Netflix’s Final Table), his 2-starred Michelin restaurant was sitting at the top of the list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants back in 2013 and is currently at 8th in Asia and 22nd in the World for 2020.
Located in the rather business-y district of Minami Tokyo, for such a venerable establishment, getting a reservation at Narisawa turned out to be the easiest amongst the three Michelin restaurants we visited on this trip. All you need to do is to visit their website and hope that there’s an opening on your chosen date. We actually extended our holiday by an extra day just to slot in a Narisawa lunch. While it was our most expensive meal (ever), on hindsight, with travel anywhere around the World now in turmoil for what seems to be the remaining part of the year, it was well worth it.
While not in any way a negative, the dining experience at Narisawa was quite a contrast to our evening at Jimbocho Den. Whereas Den felt like being invited into the private home of its Chef, Narisawa represents fine dining at the opposite end of the spectrum, presenting creative cuisine at its peak, in a sleek and modern restaurant, with sleek and modern attentive staff attending to their sleek and modern customers who sat and conversed in hush-hush tones. This of course quite possibly made us look rather out of place with our enthusiastic wide-eyed faces ooing and ahhing and pretty much everything, but we were her to enjoy our meal and everything that came with it!
Once again, I’d like to point out that we are not in any way culinary experts nor credible food critics, we just enjoy eating out and when dining out becomes an overall experience, it just brings additional joy to our World. For a more “proper” introduction to Narisawa, have a look here. Trust me, I would do no justice to our trifecta of Michelin restaurant visits with my mediocre writing. In the meantime, here are some pictures for you to ogle at.
If I had to give a quick one liner on our lunch at Narisawa, it would be this.
“If food is art, then Narisawa’s the gallery and mealtimes are your guided tour.”
To end off, here’s a Haiku.
A winter art form,
Elevating your senses.
Beauty is tasted.