Friday, May 22, 2015

Lunch at L'Embellir in Aoyama, my current favourite two-star Michelin restaurant in Tokyo. And how this included a delicious ayu river fish.



The other day, in Tokyo living a #Travelife, my friend Y and I had lunch at L'Embellir, a two-star Michelin restaurant in Tokyo's Aoyama district that is currently my favourite in this town full of good food.

After lunch at L'Embellir,
I dropped by Issey Miyake
in Aoyama....

It's contemporary and not very pretentious, and the food is excellent for the prices they charge.

Lunch is not cheap, but it's reasonable for a famous restaurant in Tokyo, and quite a steal compared to so many other similar Michelin two-star places.

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EVERY MEAL AT L'EMBELLIR
IS ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS

Lots of people I know like to try all the famous places once and then they never go again because they have others to try.

As for L'Embellir, I always love going because the seasonal menus are just wonderful and I haven't had a bad meal here yet.

PLATING LIKE NO OTHER



Every dish is delicious and so beautifully plated. 

And it's a testament to the chef's talents that I love every single thing he sets in front of me, even of food I actually don't like.

I don't really like fruit desserts, for instance, but until today, I still can't stop dreaming about a wonderful berry dessert I'd had here on my very first visit.

This was the berry dessert.
It was so simple and yet so good
that I can't stop thinking about it,
even six months later, living a #Travelife....

FANTASTIC AYU RIVER FISH
AT L'EMBELLIR

This week, the food for contention was ayu, a seasonal Japanese river fish that locals love with a passion but which I usually push to the side of my plate when I see it in front of me.

In this case, at L'Embellir, we were supposed to eat the ayu whole, head and guts included.

What a no-no this usually is for me. But as this was L'Embellir, I decided to give it a try. Wow. it was so good.

MY FAVOURITE TOKYO RITUAL.
OR AT LEAST ONE OF THEM.



So every time I'm in Tokyo, I eat here. 

And this week, I was sufficiently enamoured with my meal to try and book it again for tomorrow. Unfortunately it's completely full tomorrow so I just have to wait till my next visit.

But, as always in a never-ending #Travelife, everything worked out.

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DINNER WITH 
A MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE

We're having dinner with one of Tokyo's great masters of the universe tomorrow and he has of course decided to book the restaurant.

When you go out with one of these masters of the universe-types, you have to understand that they always want to decide everything and have everything their way.

So we're going to this really in-demand place -- the type of restaurant only someone like him can book. And I'm quite looking forward to it, as a prelude to a staycation coming up sooner rather than later, at Japan's current best of the best hotel, living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.


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