Patty here again

Well, folks if you want more of the Ninja restaurant this one is a delight and nothing like a regular restaurant that I have ever had the good fortune to visit. If the Ninja place was hard to find there is no chance you will find this one easy. I did say it was unlike any other place out there.

If you manage to get a booking (maybe 6 months in advance is enough), you will be in for a real treat. Aronia de Takazawa, Minato is the place that authentic food junkies visit for a one in a lifetime experience. With very minimal tables (it was two when I visited) and a kitchen that is all stainless at the end of the dining area.

As I said, itcould take up to 6 months for a table, so your travel plans need to be in check. As the place is small and secretive,I’ll give you a tip how to find it as there is no sign on the wall. The name is on the door handles.

Yoshiaki Takazawa is a master chef of such a high degree he puts many to shame, and once you have tried some of his multi-course meals, you will understand why. With his wife by his side and maybe another couple of chefs they create up to 16 dishes for one meal. With a subtle blend of Japanese and French cuisine, you are getting the best of the best.

If you are wondering what sort of delights you can receive, think outside the box as some dishes are not what they appear. A prime example is the pea soup. Pea soup in a high-class restaurant you cry? Well, how about the soup is inside the peas, how’s that for a surprise.

Each dish gets better to better and if you manage to get a table. Be sure to try the famed ratatouille where there are 15 different veggies wrapped into one bit that is magical.

If you are wondering how long you can stay in this restaurant, you do not have to worry. It is a 3-hour gastronomic feast minimum that will leave you speechless. For a place to visit in Tokyo on a frequent basis, you will never be lucky enough to get a table that often. As a once in a lifetime experience as a food lover, there is simply nothing can beat it. Chef Yoshiaki is a genius. It is as simple as that.

You can see why the waiting list is so long and why it is expensive. I forgot to mention the price, didn’t I?

How does $300 a pop sound plus your wine and the service? It might seem extravagant but as I said. This is a once in a lifetime experience, so it is a small price to pay.

Make a booking; you will thank me one day.


Patty xx



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