10.03.2017 - 31.03.2018
Japan is known the world over for its excellent food. Kyoto and Tokyo, which are the main cities in the country, have several Michelin starred restaurants that are worth exploring. Here is a list of the most popular ones in the two cities.
This restaurant, which has 3 Michelin stars sits inside the Nanzenji Temple complex, and has been situated here since the 17th century. Like many restaurants in Kyoto, this is a family-run establishment, and the current owners are the 14th generation to run the restaurant. Go here for a typical Kaiseki meal, which is a kind of fine dining cuisine that originated in Kyoto. The speciality of Hyotei is that none of the dishes are seasoned, so as to bring out the purest flavours from each of the extremely fresh ingredients used.
Also a family-run restaurant, Ajiro is a one-star Michelin restaurant, and is known for its Shojin cuisine. This cuisine, which is essentially a Buddhist cuisine that originated in the monasteries, is strictly vegetarian and founded on the Buddhist principles of nonviolence. The owner of the restaurant is said to have studied in the kitchen of a Buddhist temple to learn the intricacies of this lesser-known cuisine. A meal here is guaranteed to be authentic, extremely simple, and yet elegant.
This restaurant specializes in mixing local Japanese ingredients with western techniques. The result is a delicious fusion menu that is one of the most popular in Kyoto. Located in Gion, the historical district of Kyoto, known for its teahouses and geishas, Yonemura is a wonderful deviation from the traditions and conventions that govern this region.
Sukiyabashi Jiro, Tokyo
Made famous to the rest of the world thanks to the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Sukiyabashi Jiro has long been the most popular spot in the city for sushi. The restaurant has seen the likes of Barack Obama and the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, over the course of the last few years. The master chef, Jiro Ono, who is 89 years old, prepares a tasting menu that comes with 20 courses. The restaurant has only 10 tables, so be sure to call ahead. However, the lines at the door move quickly, as the philosophy here is to consume the sushi as soon as it is rolled, in order to ensure maximum freshness.
This restaurant only has four tables, and is an extremely intimate affair. Run by Chef Takazawa and his wife Akiko, this is very much a family business. Akiko serves the dishes, whereas Chef Takazawa is responsible for coming up with the wonderful innovations that are now world-renowned. The most popular of which is a vegetable dish served in a flowerpot.
The only ramen shop to be included in the Michelin guide, Tsuta sells bowls of ramen that are extremely affordable, yet mind blowing. Getting a spot here, however, is a feat in itself – there are only 9 seats here.
Eat Ramen at Tsuta
A trip to Japan is a must-do for foodies. Whether it’s endless bowls of ramen, or plates of the freshest sushi that you’re after, there’s something for everyone here. And planning a trip is now easier than it ever was – all you have to do is apply for a Personal Loan for travel from Bajaj Finserv from the comfort of your living room.
The loan takes 72 hours to be approved – just about enough time to make a list of all the best eating spots in the country!