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Chef Guillaume Bracaval

Up to date French delicacies made in Japan is at all times fascinating as I like to see how the chef incorporates native elements. The menu at est on the 4 Seasons Tokyo at Otemachi features a map of Japan referencing the place produce, meat, milk, cheese, honey, and extra come from. Even the tableware artisans are included on the map. Sommelier Yoichi Ooka has a cellar of home wines that pair properly with the delicacies.

Hen ravioli

Within the kitchen chef Guillaume Bracaval @guillaumebracavalchef has a formidable resume. Honing his expertise in Paris at respected eating places Lodge de Crillon, Arpège with Alain Passard, Ledoyen with Christian le Squer, and LÁmbroisie with Bernard Pacaud. Chef Bracaval, from Lille in northern France, has been in Japan for 12 years at Troisgros in Shinjuku and now at est because the lodge opened three and a half years in the past.

Japanese terroir

Chef speaks fluent Japanese and eloquently spoke of the elements and of Japan’s numerous terroir. I used to be with my Japanese cousin so our dialog with chef was in Japanese. The menu at est consists of 95% Japanese elements.

Monkfish with housemade yuzu kosho

Chef contains many Japanese touches together with housemade yuzu kosho which was dotted over monkfish including citrusy notes to the meaty fish. Hirame flounder is cured in kombu kelp and wrapped in a skinny slice of kohlrabi. My cousin stated it tasted like Japan. Powdered moromi is served with soybean hummus, two extra nods to Japan. Roasted maitake mushrooms are accented with pickled celery. In every dish I used to be impressed with chef’s mastering of steadiness – acidity, bitterness, and umami.


Italian pastry chef Michele Abbatemarco ends the meal with ethereal sweets together with a cloudy meringue with fig compote and a flight of honey mignardises.

Service is beautiful. Our seats ignored the monetary district with Tokyo Sky Tree off within the distance.


4 Seasons Lodge Tokyo at Otemachi, thirty ninth ground

Chiyoda-ku, Otemachi 1-2-1

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