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Robuchon--help me choose

prasantrin | Apr 16, 2009 11:56 PM

I'll be in Tokyo during Golden Week, and am trying to decide between the different Robuchon places. According to their online reservation system, I can definitely get a table for dinner at either Chateau or La Table (lunches, unfortunately, are completely booked up). I haven't called up L'Atelier yet, but I'm pretty sure I'd be able to get a table there, too. I've looked at their menus online, and each restaurant has at least one tasting menu I'd love to try.

So, not thinking about price, which restaurant would give me the best overall experience? I'll be dining alone, so I want to feel comfortable and not as though they think I'm just taking up space (the staff at Ryugin, for example, are great at making single diners feel welcome and comfortable, but some other places not so much). That's one thing I'm concerned about.

I'm also a little concerned about food--I'm going to Tapas Molecular Bar the night after, and am hoping to do L'Osier or the like for lunch one day (longshot, but may as well try). Will Chateau be over-kill, so much so that I won't appreciate my other meals (as well as Chateau) as much?

With those two points in mind, which Robuchon place would you choose?

Or if you'd go elsewhere, where would you go? I'm not looking for traditional Japanese food (except tempura is always good), though something along the lines of Ryugin would be OK. It's kind of late notice, I know, but any help would be appreciated!

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