I'm planning a trip to Japan for May and have been scouring the board. Based on your recommendations, we are going to try to book Sushi Iwa and Sushi Taichi for two very nice sushi meals -- probably one dinner and one lunch. (If there's any reason not to do this, please do let me know, but all the reviews seem very positive on the board.)
We'd like to do one splurge meal in the French-with-Japanese influences category: either Quintessence, L'effervescence or Tirpse. Assuming we are unable to get into Quintessence, do people have a favorite between the other two? The threads I read from last year suggest that Tirpse may be more creative and risk-taking and more of a mix of Japanese and French, but I've not been able to find much on the restaurant on other sites. The reviews I've found of L'effervescence seem very strong but perhaps not as exciting. Any more recent views?