My 20 Best Dishes in 2023

My 20 Best Dishes in 2023

Like every year since 2013, I select 20 of myfavourite dishes of the year. Here is my annual 20 best dishes list in 2023. Happy, healthy and successful 2024 to all of you! You can see my previous listshere.

18
Dec
Location: Japan
Bulgari Hotel Tokyo – Japanese Craftsmanship illuminates Italian Sophistication

Bulgari Hotel Tokyo – Japanese Craftsmanship illuminates Italian Sophistication

Bulgari Hotel Tokyo – Japanese Craftsmanship illuminates Italian Sophistication

First opening its doors to the public this Spring, the Bulgari Hotel Tokyo is the first in Japan and the eighth in Bulgari Hotels and Resorts offering. Perched in the 40 to 45 floors of an ultra-skyscraper, just steps away from the red brick Tokyo Station, the hotel is beyond…

13
Nov '23
Japan’s Top Tamago Sandos & Toasts

Japan’s Top Tamago Sandos & Toasts

Japan’s Top Tamago Sandos & Toasts

byRoni Xu Mori Roni Xu Mori, a Tokyo-based diamond and pearl specialist with a deep passion for food, has been meticulously documenting her culinary experiences since the age of 10. Drawing inspiration from her Chinese and Japanese heritage, she delights in sharing the most unique and delectable dishes. Currently, she…

20
Sep '23
15 Easy-To-Book Sushi-yas in Tokyo

15 Easy-To-Book Sushi-yas in Tokyo

15 Easy-To-Book Sushi-yas in Tokyo

by Andrew Gyokudari The last time my friendAisteasked me to do this exercise was in 2019. COVID has certainly altered the global food scene during the succeeding few years but the sushi industry in Tokyo remained strong withnumerousnew openings during the pandemic. According toTabelog, there are over 5,000 sushi restaurants…

20
Sep '23
Tachigui Sushi Tonari

Tachigui Sushi Tonari

Tachigui Sushi Tonari

Tachigui Sushi Tonari, “standing sushi” restaurant in Tokyo by chef Hatano Yoshiki. In recent years, there has been a growing trend of more casual sushi-yas appearing throughout Tokyo, which was accelarated further by the pandemic and the lack of foreign visitors. Tachigui Sushi Tonari is one example of this trend.…

4
Sep '23
“Eternal Affinity”

“Eternal Affinity”

“Eternal Affinity”

On my recent trip to Kyoto and the installation “Eternal Affinity” by the wonderful glass artist Yukito Nishinaka. “Eternal Affinity” is a unique piece of artwork created and located at the entrance of the Honen-in Temple in Kyoto, which has been in existence for over 340 years. Nishinaka’s installation is…

4
Sep '23
Auberge Tokito in Tachikawa

Auberge Tokito in Tachikawa

Auberge Tokito in Tachikawa

Upon entering Auberge Tokito in Tachikawa, just 45 minutes from Tokyo, you are transported to an exclusive and serene oasis. The stunning architecture and interior design, created by renowned Japanese architect and designer Shinichiro Ogata, offer a modern take on the traditional Japanese ryokan. In keeping with the ryokan tradition, all…

4
Sep '23
Hyotei

Hyotei

Hyotei

Hyoteiis a traditional kaiseki restaurant located at the entrance of Nanzen-ji Temple in Kyoto. It also boasts 3 Michelin stars. Crossing the doorstep of Hyotei is like traveling back in time. The restaurant has been owned and operated by the same family for 450 years, with the current chef-owner, Yoshihiro…

4
Sep '23
Soba cutting by master Kenji Osame at Soba Osame, one of the best soba masters in Tokyo at the moment

Soba cutting by master Kenji Osame at Soba Osame, one of the best soba masters in Tokyo at the moment

Soba cutting by master Kenji Osame at Soba Osame, one of the best soba masters in Tokyo at the moment

Soba noodles is a staple food originating from the Edo period and one of my favourites in Japanese cuisine. During this period, it was considered a cheap and fast food that was enjoyed by people of all social classes. Made of buckwheat, Soba noodles are often served with a dipping…

10
Aug '23
Seven Days in Japan

Seven Days in Japan

Seven Days in Japan

If you’ve ever had the good fortune to visit Japan, you’ll doubtless have been left with the same wealth of feeling I have, as I write from my home in London. The chaotic modernity of Tokyo versus the historical richness of Kyoto, to the Idyllic countryside, kind gestures of the…

20
Jul '23
The Allure and Versatility of Japanese Rice

The Allure and Versatility of Japanese Rice

The Allure and Versatility of Japanese Rice

More than a staple food, rice is a way of life in Japan. From a baby’s first solid food, in the form of a soft rice porridge, to the national beverage: saké made from fermented rice, consumed in bars and restaurants throughout the country, rice lies at the culinary and…

20
Feb '23