Best Restaurants (Formal) in Tokyo

With a whopping 200 Michelin-starred restaurants, Tokyo boasts more highly-acclaimed restaurants than any other city in the world by far. For context, Paris ranks second and is home to just under 100. Herbivores will be thrilled to learn about Tokyo’s only vegetarian Michelin-starred restaurant, detailed below. Since Japanese hospitality is truly on another level, I highly recommend you splurge on one of these renowned restaurants during your trip for the cultural experience alone.


2-3-1 Atago, Minato-ku | 03-3431-0811 $$$$ | Vegetarian

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From the valet operator who greets you, to the host who sees you off after the meal (and stands there waving until you're out of eyesight), Daigo offers an utterly charming experience that's one for the bucket list. Diners eat alone in private rooms overlooking a well-manicured garden while traditionally-dressed female servers tend to your every need. Tea is replaced after a set amount of time to ensure it's of optimal temperature. The multiple-course set lunch menu is a work of art: each bite is crafted with so much care, some wrapped up in little bows. Hands down, Daigo offered the most enjoyable authentic Japanese cuisine of our trip. That said, I'm unable to call this meal 'one of the most delicious experiences of my life' because my palate is not used to these flavours (Western Japanese food is very different from the real stuff!).