Updated: February 07, 2019
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Kikunoi in Akasaka, Tokyo, Will Transport You Right to Kyoto!

Akasaka

Akasaka Kikunoi is a 2-Star Michelin Restaurant right in Akasaka, Tokyo. Although it is in the centre of one of Tokyo's most famous and business district, you will feel as though you are in calm and beautiful Kyoto. What a wonderful escape for a few hours!

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Akasaka Kikunoi

Kikunoi in Akasaka definitely doesn't have the type of decor you would expect in a business district. It was inspired by the main restaurant in Kyoto. It can then simulate the experience of having beautiful kaiseki in gorgeous Kyoto. You'll feel like you're escaping Tokyo's hustle and bustle for a few hours.
Chef Yoshihiro Murata believes that a refined dining experience is a lot like a form of entertainment, just like visiting a museum or going to the opera. With the particular attention to detail both for the decor and the cuisine, it is almost no wonder the Chef received 2 Michelin stars!

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As you would expect from a Michelin-starred restaurant, it is rather pricey, but it is definitely worth the experience. As it is a slow and delicate culinary trek!
For example, for lunch, you have to arrive between 12 and 12:30 PM and the resto closes at 2:30 PM. You have 2 hours or so to enjoy this succession of carefully prepared and seasoned dishes.
For dinner, you can go from 5 to 7:30 PM and the restaurant closes at 10:30 PM.
You can try the kaiseki cuisine during lunchtime as well for around ¥10,000. You can also try the bento for ¥5,000, which is an elaborate lunch box with many seasonal ingredients.
The dinner course is between ¥25,000 and ¥40,000. The ingredients are delivered directly from Kyoto twice a week as they mainly use fresh vegetables and fish from the region. The Chef has direct contact with the farmers and fishmongers to guarantee the best possible quality.
As a general rule, for high-end Japanese restaurants, you shouldn't wear any perfume so that it doesn't interfere with the taste and scent of the cuisine. And also it is preferred to avoid wearing shirts or jeans.

Finally...

Have an exquisite culinary experience at Kikunoi in Akasaka!
Lili Wanderlust
I love travelling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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