In Tokyo, French restaurants are at the top of the culinary
ladder, which is why it's no small feat that local gourmets consider L'Osier to be
the best around. But if you wish to analyse the foie gras yourself, you'll need to
book as far as possible in advance since a table at L'Osier is a highly coveted
commodity. However, once the wine hits your head and the food hits your lips, you'll
key into the Art Deco-inspired surroundings and realise that Paris isn't that far
away after all.
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When summer evenings in the capital hang heavy with humidity,
you may long for a cold glass of white wine and a light meal by the riverside.
Sadly, Tokyo has a regrettable dearth of alfresco restaurants with breathing room,
though rare canal-side spots like this Iidabashi institution do exist. The
speciality here is wood-fired thin crust pizzas and Italian pastas such as scallop
and shrimp in a light cream sauce, though the real reason you're here is to savour a
cocktail while soaking up the European atmosphere.
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If the Japanese have elevated the deep-fried to an art form,
then the chefs at Rakutei create masterpieces nightly. The freshest seafood and the
lightest tempura batter are prepared to order, resulting in tender prawn and sweet
potato that actually does melt in your mouth. Although there isn't an English menu,
you can easily choose a set meal depending on how much yen you're willing to part
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