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Expect the Unexpected

September 28, 2015
What do you get when you combine all of the technical traditions of French haute cuisine with the seasonal, ingredients-based approach of top Japanese itamaes? A meal to remember, that’s what, which is exactly what awaits you at Minato’s much-lauded L’Effervescence.

Opened in 2010 by chef Shinobu Namae – a disciple of morsel magicians Michel Bras and Heston Blumenthal – the name of the intimate eatelier evokes a vitality that’s evident on the playful plates. For, while he shares his countrymen’s tastes for exceptional produce and esoteric elements, the 11-course degustation is by no means formal kaiseki.

Instead, Namae draws on the creative whimsy championed by his madcap mentors to design an ever-changing menu that is as fun as it is delicious. One dish that has garnered particular attention from the folks at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants (where L’Effervescence currently occupies the #12 spot) as well as the Michelin inspectors (who awarded it a second celestial embellishment this year) has been the riff on McDonald’s baked apple pie.

Now of course, as this is next-level nouvelle cuisine there’s far more to it than meets the eye, but rest assured, you’ll never look at the original in the same way again. Wild boar and matsutake mushrooms, anyone?

Just be sure to save space for the actual desserts, which – owing to Namae’s time as pastry chef at the Fat Duck – are nothing short of breath-taking. Effervescent, indeed!

2-26-4 Nishiazabu / Minato-ku / +81 3 5766 9500 / lunch & dinner Tue-Sat /