With only eight seats, the one-Michelin starred Tapas Molecular Bar offers an exclusive dining experience celebrating the art of innovative molecular gastronomy cuisine.
Situated within the chic Oriental Lounge on the 38th floor, the bar serves a range of delicious dishes in the traditional sushi-bar style, complemented by magnificent views stretching out towards the Imperial Palace and Shinjuku district.
During our visit, two chefs (one speaking fluent english) created and described in detail each of the menu items as they were being served, which combined new texture and flavour combinations to stimulate both the imagination and the palate. Some courses involved intricate tools to enjoy to its imaginative fullness, while others required instructions on how to consume it to ensure the best “molecular interaction”. The common theme however was that the food on the plate was never what it initially appeared to represent!
The two-hour dining experience was a lot of fun and the chefs kept the night exciting and were great showmen. The courses were creative and had the sophistication of a Michelin-starred restaurant; however, the fun factor of the molecular experience dominated over flavor, and while Tapas Molecular is definitely worth visiting for the experience, it’s not a place where I would return for the food alone.