Using super-fresh seasonal ingredients is a non-negotiable for any high-end chef. But Ueki, even more than most, is focusing on the vegetable kingdom, often using indigenous varieties rarely found outside of Japanese cuisine.
Restaurant J: A favorite chef’s inspired return
Name (J) レストランJ
Lunch price range
¥3,000 or more
Dinner price range
¥5,000 or more
Masahito Ueki's inventive cuisine is better than ever.
Drinks Apertifs from ¥1,000; beer from ¥650; wine from ¥1,000/glass, from ¥5,000/bottle; digestifs from ¥1,000
Number of seats 50 in the dining room; private rooms for 14; outside tables for 11
BGM Classical to jazz, mostly unobtrusive
Smoking Smoking permitted
Arisugawa West 2F, 5-14-15 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Lunch 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m; cafe 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; dinner 6-10:30 p.m. (last order); bar 6 p.m.-4 a.m. (6-midnight. Sun. and holidays)
Cash, Credit Card
Transport From the Hiroo Crossing, take the side street by the Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ Bank (in the direction of the National Azabu store). Turn left at the first side street. After about 50 meters you will see the giant bottle marking the entrance to the Enoteca wine store, and behind it the stairs up to Restaurant J.