Takazawa is definitely a place for crazy foodies. Named after its owner and executive chef Takazawa, the restaurant was ranked in the “Top 50 Restaurants in Asia” in 2014 and 2015. Many food critics and magazines get surprised for the fact that for such a high-class restaurant, it is yet to receive many Michelin Stars like other restaurants in Japan.
But it is after the restaurant decided to launch a small bar near the restaurant that it created a buzz in the Japanese dining scene as many locals and foreigners started pouring in to the bar for enjoying some quality drinks from one of the best sommelier in the world and also one of the best cocktail artist and also have some delicious food along the way at the very best kitchen handled by a celebrity chef.
During my visit to the restaurant, I was given a warm welcome and was given a tour of the restaurant along with the VIP room. The chef was kind enough to go over the food and drink menu available in the restaurant and also suggested some of the signature dishes that I could try for lunch. In most of the Japanese restaurants, the omakase style of ordering is preferred rather than the choosing the menu for oneself. Here you can provide your budget range and the Chef will take care about the best possible menu that will make for a fine dining experience.
Open in 2005, the Takazawa is a kind of family restaurant as Chef Takazawa handles the kitchen and his wife Akiko takes care of the guests. Located in Akasaka in a side street, you just need to take a flight of stairs to reach the restaurant. You can also see a poem written in the handrails of the stairs highlighted with beautiful lights. Even though there is no menu to choose from, the chef will make it a memorable evening with delicious food along with the finest drinks sourced around the world.
Being born in a cooking family with his parents running a popular diner Maruyoshi in the neighborhood for almost 40 years, cooking runs through the blood of Chef Takazawa. Hence to nurture his cooking skills, he went to a culinary school and also worked in several yakitori outlets along with other famous restaurants like the Restaurant J and the Park Hyatt Hotel.
Chef Takazawa is one the youngest chef in Japan’s culinary history to be awarded the Senior Sommelier at the young age of 28. In 2005, Chef Takazawa opened the Aronia de Takazawa in Akasaka and soon with innovative dishes and cooking style, Chef Takazawa’s fame began to blossom in the Japanese culinary scene.
Asia's 50 Best Restaurant 2017: #50
Asia's 50 Best Restaurant 2016: #24
Asia's 50 Best Restaurant 2015: #33
Asia's 50 Best Restaurant 2014: #34
Asia's 50 Best Restaurant 2013: #31
- Takazawa Experience Menu: JPY 65'000
- Food Only Menu: JPY 40'000
Dress Code: Smart and Elegant. We would like to ask you not to be too casual. Such as, T-shirt with Shorts. We also would like to recommend the jacket, long pants, closed-toe shoes for men applies.
Children Policy: We will serve children over 12 years old. Must be accompanied by an adult. Sorry, but we do not offer a children’s menu.
Photo policy: Taking photo is available in our dining area, however no flash and ONLY FOOD ON THE TABLE, please. Chef Takazawa is more than happy to take a photo with you after your dinner!
Corkage fee: bringing your own bottle is not available at TAKAZAWA. Please ask if you would like to have a look our wine list before your visit.