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Chef Dave Pynt takes barbecue to the next level with the 10th best restaurant in Asia Burnt Ends. A giant oven fired by coal, apple or almond wood takes centre stage and from it Pynt pulls out an array of dishes that were made to make your mouth water. If you want a front row seat to all the action, book one of the counter seats that overlook the open kitchen. Enjoy dishes such as Smoked Quail Egg and Caviar; Fennel, Orange and Burrata and Blackmore’s Cube Roll ribeye steak.
Chef Seiji Yamamoto wants to make sure that your foodie experience is the best he can give you. So much so, he asks guests at Nihonryori Ryugin to refrain from wearing scent so that the only fragrance guests can smell is his food. The menu changes seasonally and highlights include bamboo shoots in spring, sweetfish in summer and wild mushrooms in the autumn. Signature dishes include the sashimi platter ‘A Message From the Coast Of Japan’. It’s not gentle on your wallet, but as it can take several hours to create Lusciousness, a candied fruit heart-shaped strawberry frozen with liquid nitrogen and filled with sakura ice cream, diners say it’s worth it.
This two Michelin-star restaurant revels in creative and inventive dishes. However, you don’t need to panic about what to order at Narisawa as you are given a set menu featuring all of the chef’s signature dishes. Chef Yoshihiro Narisawa takes inspiration from nature for his dishes – think homemade bread served with moss butter and wrapped in tree branches, or the Essence of Forest dish which you eat with your hands as if you are foraging in the forest.
Mume celebrates locally-grown Taiwanese ingredients. Within a six-course menu you’ll enjoy local clams served with fermented apple and basil oil, a melt-in-your-mouth 24-hour slow cooked short rib, which is served with seared baby carrots, nasturtium flowers and caramelized onion puree and pumpkin served with crème fraiche ice cream and spiced caramel. The restaurant only seats 30 people, so hurry.
If you’re looking for a restaurant that will help trigger all of your senses, Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet has to be it. At its secret location in Shanghai, you’ll find a white-walled room that contains a blank table. Then once dinner is served, you’ll be immersed into a movie-style scene that includes projections, scents and sounds. Expect a 22-course meal in 22 different settings. If you’re eating a fish dish, you’ll see waves crashing on the shore and hear a seagull cry.
The two Michelin-star restaurant Florilege serves up Japanese-French fusion dishes around a theatre-style 16 seat Chef’s Table. The six-course menu changes the menu every two months. Expect dishes such as a starter that comprises soft sweet potatoes hidden within a pile of autumn leaves or foie gras served with hazelnut meringues.
Within a restored townhouse on Yen Akart Road you’ll find Suhring, a cosy restaurant serving up contemporary German cuisine. Twin chefs Mathias and Thomas Suhring have created a home from home that features three areas where you can relax Winter Garden, Living Room and Kitchen. Enjoy an eight-course or 12-course degustation menu featuring Heaven and Earth (crispy potatoes, black pudding and green apples) and Spatzle pasta with mountain cheese and truffle. If their placement on the list of best restaurants wasn’t enough, what about the fact that Chef Gaggan Anand of the best restaurant in Asia for three years running chose to be an investor.
The good news is that this Den is now officially the best in Japan. The bad news is that there are only eight seats. But once you’ve claimed your space you’re treated to an intimate experience where chef Zaiyu Hasegawa and his team cook in front of you. Each two Michelin-starred dish come served in a playful way, such as the Foie Gras Monaka with Japanese Plum, which comes in a gift bag adorned with a sticker or the Dentucky Fried Chicken, which features sticky rice and turtle meat in a red and white take-out box.
When you serve dishes that are as pretty as a picture, it seems apt that the menu is created from emojis. The restaurant that held the title of the best restaurant in Asia for three consecutive years, has created some unique dishes as Lick it Up, where diners lick a curry-flavour dish off their plate or Yogurt Explosion where it appears to look like a soft boiled egg, but it a yogurt appetizer. However, the restaurants undoubtable success hasn’t stopped Chef Gaggan Anand from announcing that he will close Gaggan in 2020 to open a new eatery in Japan.
The National Gallery may hold many treasures, but it’s Odette’s menu that all the foodies will be pouring over. Named the Best Restaurant in Asia for 2019, this two Michelin-starred restaurant that serves an eight course menu at dinner serves elegant French dishes, such as French guinea fowl with celeriac risotto and foie gras croquette.
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