Banreki epitomizes the subtle alchemy of Japanese dining at its best -- the interplay of space, design and lighting, with food of brilliant, complex simplicity and serving vessels of quiet beauty. This synergy, of course, has been at the heart of Japan's cuisine for centuries. But here tradition meets a contemporary aesthetic that reflects the best of modern Tokyo.
Banrekiryukodo: Simple alchemy works wonders
Name (J) 万歴龍呼堂
Lunch price range
¥3,000 or more
Dinner price range
¥5,000 or more
Superbly confident modern ryori, in perfect synergy with the elegant, organic interior.
It's not the most picturesque neighborhood.
Drinks Beer from ¥800; sake from ¥1,000/flask, ¥6,000/bottle (720 ml); shochu from ¥800/glass; wine from ¥1,200/glass, from ¥6,000/bottle; spirits from ¥900.
Number of seats 38 (including 14 at the counter)
Smoking No smoking
2-33-5 Higashi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
6-10 p.m. (set meals); 10 p.m.-11:30 (drinks and light dishes from the a la carte menu)
Cash, Credit Card
Transport Leave Azabu-Juban subway station by Exit 6. Turn left and walk in the direction of Shiba-Koen, until the first lights (opposite the Nissin supermarket). Turn left at the gas station and you will see the gate to Banrekiryukodo immediately on your left after 10 meters.