Michelin Three Stars: Esaki
Esaki, in Tokyo's Jingu-mae district, not far from the Harajuku fashion district, is one of the city's top practitioners of nouveau Japanese cuisine. Esaki achieved three stars from Michelin in 2010.
Esaki was upgraded from two stars to three stars by Michelin in 2010.
In keeping with the "new cuisine" theme of the restaurant, this basement floor restaurant is modern, airy, light and spacious with spare, clean decor and a marble floor. The traditional is hinted at in Esaki's furniture design and certain motifs of the interior decoration.
Esaki's cuisine is vegetable and fish-based, with all ingredients being organic and locally sourced. The food is simple, and provides an easy way into traditional kaiseki cuisine for anyone not knowing what to expect from this traditional way of cooking. Portions are small, but there are a lot of courses to get through.
The presentation is impeccable as the cuisine is delectable. Attention is paid not only to the layout of the dish, but the tableware, too.
The customer makes a choice of course based on price, but, apart from the drinks, Esaki's menu is set.
Both floor and table seating is available. Private rooms are also available, if booked early enough.
Esaki is the most reasonably priced of Tokyo's three-star restaurants.
As with all three-star restaurants, book early. If possible, make a reservation at Esaki through your hotel. Basic English is spoken.
Esaki cost per person
Lunch: 5,000 - 7,000 yen.
Dinner: 10,000 - 15,000 yen.
Lunch: noon-1.30pm. Open for lunch on Thursday, Friday, Saturday only.
Dinner: 6pm-11pm (last orders: 9.30pm).
Closed Sunday and public holidays.
B1 floor, Hills Aoyama
3-39-9 Jingu-mae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001
Tel/Fax 03 3408 5056