Tokyo, Japan

On the pass:

Shinobu Namae

Pastry chef:

Rie Otani

Style of food:

Modern French

Standout dish:

A fixed point: four-hour cooked Tokyo turnip, parsley, Basque ham and brioche


2-26-4 Nishi-azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 106-0031

+81 3 5766 9500

Seriously fun French food with Japanese ingredients

What makes it stand out: L’Effervescence is all about the harmonious flavours created with fresh produce, which are playfully plated and stem from philosophical thoughts. Off-the-plate offerings are equally exceptional, with stand-out service that amplifies the entire experience.

Mentors of cuisine: Starting out with a law degree in 1996, Shinobu Namae soon decided to turn his hand to cooking. His top-notch tutelage included half a decade at Michel Bras Toya Japon in Hokkaido and a year with Heston Blumenthal at The Fat Duck in Bray. Finally he steered off into his own kitchen in 2010, gaining his first Michelin star for L’Effervescence in 2011 and a second in 2015.

McFun: Namae’s chic take on fast-food apple pie comes with a different filling depending on what’s in season, and is served in a red takeaway box. Other poetically named dishes include ‘Longing for spring to come’ – strawberry charlotte and shiso, houji-cha ice cream, plum jelly and yuzu, and ‘Hearth in a quiet night’ – aka-ushi beef sirloin roasted by an open fire with mushroom extract, trumpet mushroom, taro and black truffle. The whole experience ends with mignardises, matcha and ‘World Peace’.

Quirky extra: Along with the main course comes the option to select a knife from a collection with different hues of handles.

Images: Luuvu Hoang

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