50Best Accolades
  • The Best Restaurant in Japan 2023

Immersive neo-French cooking


On the Pass

Daniel Calvert

Where is it? Located on the 7th floor of the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi, Sézanne opened in July 2021. With an interior courtesy of Hong Kong designer André Fu, it was the city’s most hotly anticipated new restaurant of the year.

The mastermind: British chef Daniel Calvert boasts an impressive CV: Pied à Terre (London), Per Se (New York) and then Epicure (Le Bristol Hotel, Paris). Before landing in Tokyo, he spent five years in Hong Kong, leading Belon to the No.4 place on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020 ranking.

What’s on the menu? Calvert’s modern French cuisine ranges from foie gras with duck confit and Madeira jelly to Shiranuka venison with sweet potatoes from Kagoshima and his own take on peppercorn sauce. Classic French food created with Asian ingredients is the name of the game.

The name says it all: Sézanne draws inspiration from the town of the same name in France’s Champagne region. Its considerable cellar of high-end bubbles ranges from artisanal sparklers to vintage cuvées, served from a dedicated trolley wheeled to your table, or in the dedicated Champagne bar.

Bistro specials: Calvert also oversees the menu at the hotel’s all-day bistro, Maison Marunouchi, overlooking the Shinkansen bullet train tracks near Tokyo’s central station. Among the standouts are the croque madame, pork belly with a white bean and chorizo ragout and a delicate comté gougères. Like the deluxe afternoon tea, these are also available as room service for hotel guests.

Award winner: Taking the crown for the first time, Sézanne brings home the trophy of The Best Restaurant in Japan at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023.