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The Destination Restaurant of the year 2021
Cuisine
régionale
L’évo

Each year, the members of our expert panel recommend 10 establishments, with the aim of
introducing readers to authentic cuisine prepared with great care and imagination.
The Japan Times Destination Restaurant of the Year 2021 is Cuisine régionale L'évo.

Cuisine régionale L’évo
01

If you are among those who believe that anticipation is half the enjoyment, then you will love the journey to L’évo. Chef...

Chimikepp Hotel
02

Surrounded by thick forest, Chimikepp Hotel lies deep in the mountains of eastern Hokkaido overlooking the unspoiled waters of Lake Chimikeppu. Some...

Nihonryori Takamura
03

Hidden away in the residential backstreets of Akita, Nihonryori Takamura sets itself well apart from the brash dining and drinking establishments in...

Tonoya-Yo
04

Tonoya-Yo, chef Yotaro Sasaki’s atmospheric inn and restaurant in the rural heartland of Iwate Prefecture, is unlike any other in Japan. Housed...

Restaurant Uozen
05

When chef Kazuhiro Inoue and his wife, Mariko, decided that they’d had enough of running a restaurant in metropolitan Tokyo, they decamped...

Kataori
06

When it comes to depth of flavor and intense regional focus, there are few dining destinations that can rival Kataori. Located discreetly...

Mekumi
07

Thanks to its proximity to the Sea of Japan coast, Kanazawa is famous for its fresh seafood. But for chef Takayoshi Yamaguchi,...

Nihonryori Yukimoto
08

When Takayuki Hagiwara opened his new restaurant right across the road from where his father made his name as a chef, he...

Pesceco
09

Perched on the waterfront of the Shimabara Peninsula, looking out across the placid waters of the Ariake Sea toward the coast of...

État d'esprit
10

Dinner at Restaurant État d’esprit opens not in chef Yasuhiro Tomari’s sleek, discreetly lit dining room but rather in guests’ private villas....