Light-hearted yet complex Japanese dining


On the Pass

Zaiyu Hasegawa

Pastry Chef

Rei Mochizuki

What’s the deal? Charismatic chef Zaiyu Hasegawa’s ever-creative take on the elevated cuisine of his homeland is innovative, at times humorous, and always satisfying. But what makes Den so unique among Japanese restaurants – and so popular – is how relaxed and welcoming it feels.

Signatures and surprises: While firmly rooted in the framework of kaiseki, Japan’s hyper-seasonal dining tradition, Hasegawa’s menus draw inspiration from all quarters. Expect foie gras in the savoury monaka appetisers, an ant or two in the classic 20-ingredient Den salad and all kinds of surprises in his now-signature Dentucky Fried Chicken wings.

Superb hospitality: Returning regulars and first-time visitors alike are greeted and served with warmth by the front of house team, led by Emi Hasegawa, who also keeps diners topped up with eclectic pairings of wine, premium sake, spirits and tea.

Friendly mascot: No visit to Den is complete without being introduced to the restaurant’s mascot, Puchi Jr. The second of the Hasegawas’ loyal chihuahuas to bear the Puchi name, this integral member of Team Den often makes appearances at 50 Best awards ceremonies, albeit in virtual form on T-shirts or badges.

Long term favourite: Hasegawa opened Den in 2007 and the restaurant has been a mainstay of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants ranking since it debuted in 2016, shooting to the No.1 spot in 2022 – and it has been a firm fixture on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants too.


Japan, 150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Jingumae, 2 Chome−3−18

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