Given how difficult it is to get a reservation at this Roppongi restaurant, it is fitting that Chef Takashi Saito's Sushi Saito restaurant in Tokyo has taken the number one spot in Opinionated About Dining's first Top 100+ Asian Restaurants List.
Unsurprisingly for OAD's founder, Steve Plotnicki, Japan dominates the 200-strong list, with 137 restaurants featuring. 33 restaurants hail from Hong Kong and 11 from Singapore.
"I had originally planned on publishing separate lists for Japan and Asia. But after seeing the way Japan was underrepresented on the 50Best list of Asia, I decided that the best way to give the chefs in Japan the recognition they deserve was to publish a single list."
A former apprentice at Sushi Kanesaka, Saito has perfected Kanesaka-style sushi with carefully chosen seafood, flawless execution, and extreme precision. His sushi always has a perfect balance of flavours between neta and well-seasoned shari, and every piece he places in front of his guests is the exact same size, shape and temperature. Given the level of consistency of the experience, and Saito's ability to deliver impeccable morsels of sushi over and over again, we understand why some of our reviewers visit this restaurant three or four times a year.
The number two spot on the 2017 list goes to Matsukawa, an introduction-only restaurant where the only way to get a reservation is to be invited by a regular. Considered by OAD's reviewers to be the best traditional kaiseki restaurant in Tokyo, Chef Matsukawa's restaurant excels in transforming the most pristine ingredients into masterpieces by combining simplistic yet impeccable flavors with elegant Japanese aesthetics.
On Ultra-Violet by Paul Pairet being voted third on the list, Steve Plotnicki said, "Given how cuisine has shifted away from molecular cooking to the more natural style of cuisine that is so popular today, it is good to see an experiential dining experience ranked so highly by our reviewers."
2017 Top 100+ Asian Restaurants
1 Sushi Saito Tokyo, Japan
2 Matsukawa Tokyo, Japan
3 Ultra-Violet by Paul Pairet Shanghai, China
4 Kyo Aji Tokyo, Japan
5 Den Tokyo, Japan
6 Miyoshi Kyoto, Japan
7 Tenzushi Kyomachi-ten Fukuoka, Japan
8 Ogata Kyoto, Japan
9 Kimoto Kobe, Japan
10 Mizai Kyoto, Japan
43 Tori-Shiki Tokyo, Japan
44 Sushi Yoshitake Tokyo, Japan
45 Sugita Tokyo, Japan
46 Cuisine[s] Michel Tokyo, Japan
47 Nakahara Tokyo, Japan
48 Sukiyabashi Jiro Tokyo, Japan
49 Ch?teau Tokyo, Japan
50 Nakamura Tokyo, Japan
To view the full list, click http://www.opinionatedaboutdining.com/2017/asia.html .
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