a special surprise: we got upgraded to a suite costing 3-6 times more than what we paid (from what we heard, normally this hotel does not upgrade guest that often, even if you are spg platinum)
kanda restaurant 3 star Michelin:
we booked a 3 star Michelin japanese restaurant through the hotel concierge (if you are a foreigner, all famous restaurants in Tokyo only let you book through hotel concierge ):
as with most Japanese restaurants, it is hard to find. the taxi from westin to kanda cost only 10 usd. the taxi driver will even open the door for you, cover you with his umbrella and walks you to the door ! now that is service!
located at the ground level, the front of the restaurant is a discrete wooden door, you have to slide it to the left. no English signs so you need to know it is there.
there is no menu, dishes come out depending on what you choose when you booked. there is a 100% cancellation fee , so if you book, you better show up. 3 prices : 150k yen, 200k yen, or 250k yen pp.
we came early at 17:30, so we are the only ones at the counter, it felt like our own private restaurant. The counter only sit 8-9 chairs. they do have another private room. The décor is minimal, but the food and service is what set this restaurant to true 3 stars. the chef speaks French as well.
let me tell you that every dish was perfectly prepared. the sushi and sashimi freshly prepared in front of you. the shabu shabu has the best clam ever. the crispy fish scales, kobe wagyu beef perfectly prepared with a crispy skin etc… so many good dishes, and since we are not supposed to take pictures, I do not remember all the dishes .
the food was definitely excellent, better than some 3 stars restaurant in paris (p.s: the old le meurice). For the price and what you get as quantity and quality of the food, it is definitely excellent value.
3 star Michelin French restaurant joel robuchon tokyo:
it is a “chateau” restaurant, 2 level, looks like a French castle right in the middle of tokyo. located just across the street from the westin hotel: prices were reasonable, 40k to 90k yen pp (we paid 60k, 60usd pp plus service charges)
FOOD: although good well prepared, not as good as the original 2 star st – germain joel robuchon in paris., But the price is definitely cheaper than paris
the westin is visible on the left building behind le chateau
JOEL ROBUCHON food, taken with cell phone:
are you in Tokyo or in paris? so many French names and French bakeries:
when in Tokyo, you have to go to their department stores: their restaurants are cheap and good. Go to the basements: that is where all the famous snacks, cookies, and tea from across japan are sold.
and of course, when you are in Tokyo, you need to buy Japanese green tea, and their cookies: they are the best, nicely done without being too sweet:
PHO Tokyo style:
favorite “sushi” of my travel partner : korean style bibimbap rolled into sushi for 8 usd. good lunch meal.