Chef Shinobu Namae and Sommelier Youichi Oooka of L’Effervescence - Tokyo, Japan

2-26-4 Nishiazabu
Tokyo, Japan 106-0031
+81 (0)3 5766 9500
Hours: Tues-Sun noon-4pm; 6pm-11:30pm

Opening in 2010, L’Effervescence is a study in contrast. spent three years at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck before returning to his homeland to open his own restaurant, which has adopted both the calculated whimsy and studied grace of a glass of excellent Champagne. The menu at L’Effervescence is divided, too, between light and shade (delicate and heavy dishes), though many items sound as beautiful as they taste: “Here and Nowhere Else” is Japanese plums, morels, and shiso; “Setting Sun in a Strawberry Field” is strawberry-rhubarb compote, fromage blanc ice cream, and crispy milk mousse. His signature turnip dish, in which the star is cooked sous vide, baked, then sautéed à la minute, is a pinnacle victory for vegetable-as-main-attraction. Namae’s devotion to vegetables, putting them stage center in some cases, is a testament to his mentors and a beacon for a new culinary movement.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Turnip, Parsley Emulsion, Jamon Iberique, and Brioche
  • Duck Breast, Meat Jus Vinaigrette, Puréed Raw Beet Root, Dark Cherry, Spinach, and Coriander

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