Archive for August, 2010

Sawada

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It’s been several months since I returned from Japan, and I still not have finished my restaurant reviews. Of course, this is mainly due to my natural laziness, moving to another country and switching jobs. But I still believe that I’m taking my time because as long as I haven’t finished, there still is the need to remember, which makes me feel like I’m still in Tokyo a bit longer, indefinitely enjoying these exceptional meals.

Some, in particular, are unforgettable. Those are the ones that help getting up in the morning to go to work. Of course, there are very few of these meals. Going to the restaurant becomes more and more like the desperate quest of a junky looking for his “first time” feeling. With time passing by, the probability of such an event happening feels more and more unlikely. So when a meal achieves to set up a new landmark, far above all others, as in a real “next level” experience, heaven might not be far away. This lunch at Sawada was one of those meals.
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Aronia de Takazawa

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When making reservation for restaurants during our stay in Japan, I mainly focused on those which could offer products whose quality is no match for what we find in France. This meant mainly seafood, and lots of sushi.

Yet, one of the first reservations I booked was Aronia de Takazawa. It’s a micro-restaurant, with only two tables, seating a maximum a 8 persons every night. The menu is set, one can only chose the number of dishes served. What brought me there? Apparently this restaurant had developed a kind of “cult” in Japan, the pictures of the dishes on their website intrigued me… and reading some praise about it here and there helped a lot, too.
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