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Fish By The French Master

June 09, 2014
JG Tokyo
Multi-Michelin star holder Jean-Georges Vongerichten may have gained fame manning the stoves in French kitchens in New York, but the chef extraordinaire instead credits training in the five-star hotels of Asia with shaping his world-renowned flair for fine dining. Three decades and more than 20 restaurants later, the celebrated chef has added to his portfolio the opening of his first restaurant in Japan – his namesake JG Tokyo in happening Roppongi Hills.

The 40-seat reservation-only fine diner serves up the day’s freshest catch straight from nearby Tsukiji fish market in JGV’s distinctive, modern, French-Asian style. Head upstairs to the lush tan-wood walled lounge to sample the à la carte menu, with delicate offerings like scallop carpaccio, seaweed and sudachi; or snag a seat at the marble-topped counter for the omakase kaiseki sampler session – a culinary cavalcade that includes up to 13 daily-changing small courses, prepped and cooked before your eyes by blade-brandishing chef Fumio Yonezawa (think raw tuna topped with citrus-chilli foam, or bite-sized bits of seared Hida beef with white asparagus and miso-mustard sauce). The decadent desserts stay true to Franco flavours and the wine selection is short but entirely sumptuous. Early bookings are a must, trust.

6-12-4 Keyakizaka Dori / Roppongi Minato-Ku / +81 3 5412 7115 / lunch & dinner daily /