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L’Effervescence Reviews

Tell us about your initial impressions of the place when you got there.
The enormous dining area of L’Effervescence has been transformed into an intimate and appealing space as a result of a renovation completed in 2015. It’s a wonderfully dim environment under the dark wood-paneled ceiling, with gentle lighting illuminating the earth-toned walls and sleek, black banquettes below. The windows stare out upon a panorama of lush foliage that has been spectacularly lighted. The décor, according to executive chef Shinobu Namae, is evocative of a traditional Japanese farmhouse, although a posh, three-Michelin-starred version of one.
What kind of beverage should we be having?

In an elegant pewter sake cup, a first sip of Japanese sake combined with French white wine sets the tone for the rest of the evening’s cross-cultural adventure that will take place later. Although it should come as no surprise, the beverages menu, crafted by beverage director Moto Okoshi, is heavy on French bottles and Japanese sake, among other things. At dinner, we suggest that you concentrate on the sake pairings.

The main attraction is the cuisine. Give us the dirt on everything, particularly what we shouldn’t miss.

Namae’s genre-defying haute cuisine, which he refers to as “post-colonial cookery,” is built on a sense of belonging to the place. Cooking techniques from both the classical and contemporary traditions of France are combined with ingredients and tastes that are deeply anchored in the Japanese landscape. While he enjoys experimenting with new flavors and textures, such as sweet chestnut soup with seared cold milt and mushrooms or lotus root and mushrooms, his signature dish is a tender whole Japanese turnip that is sautéed in butter and sprinkled with brioche crumb crumbs after a four-hour sous-vide preparation.

Was there a genuine reason for us to come to this place?

Exceptional service complements the exquisitely crafted food, and the dinner concludes with a deep and earthy green tea that is skilfully whipped to an emerald froth in front of you at table.

Cuisine Type: French


Address: 2-26-4 Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 106-0031, Japan

Phone: +81 3-5766-9500

Website: L’Effervescence Official Site

Hours: Closed: Monday, Sunday

Michelin Stars: 3