Michelin Star Restaurant in Japan - Azure 45 Ritz Carlton TokyoFebruary 26, 2017
Ritz Carlton is one of the top luxury hotels in the world, and even for Indonesians, the name itself is pretty famous as in Jakarta we have 2 Ritz (Kuningan and Pacific Place). I have been to Ritz in Jakarta a few times, mostly it's for wedding and events though, however I have never really visited Ritz Carlton in Tokyo that's located in Roppongi area. The hotel manages to secure the top nine floors and the first three levels of the 53-story Midtown Tower. Tokyo Midtown is the tallest building in Tokyo and Ritz Carlton Tokyo takes pride of having hotel with the best 360-degree view of Tokyo
I couldn't manage to get a room there as it's full booked, but I had a chance to taste its Michelin Star Restaurant named Azure 45!
Azure 45 is a fine dining french restaurant and awarded with one Michelin Star by Michelin Guide Tokyo in 2016 and 2017. It is a pretty private dining experience, the restaurant is rather small if I must say and only manage to have 17 seats in total! It is located on the 45th floor but it was snowing so heavily when I was there so I couldn't enjoy the view. I have to go back to enjoy it fully!
Managed to take a picture with the head chef, Shintaro Miyazaki!
I have tried a few amazing dishes in my whole life but the plating skill of Azure 45 is exceptional. As for the taste, it's more into contemporary French instead of the real one. I feel the scallop starter reminds me of western dishes but for the ravioli has strong chinese flavor. The steak's timing is perfect and it's so soft with perfect texture and the sauce compliments the steak really well
Eating Michelin Star Restaurant is a luxury and an experience that I can't get in my home country, Indonesia where it only has one restaurant so far (And located in Bali only, sad). Meanwhile, Japan has a lot of Michelin Star restaurants and for me it's another interesting attraction when you're visiting the country. If you're a gourmet and interested to try exceptional dishes, I would recommend you to try the experience
My short tasting experience at Azure 45 had to finish quickly as I had another appointment as well but nevertheless it was a great night. For more information about the restaurant, you can visit the website directly
Hope you can have another list of place to visit when you're in Tokyo next time and talk to you guys again on my next post!