French “Guides Rouges” Names Tokyo the Most Delicious Place on Earth

In accordance with 107-year old and world famous “Guides Rouges”, a food connoisseurs’ bible published by the French company Michelin, the capital of Japan is ranked the best gourmet city of the world, leaving behind Paris, New York, and London. The first Michelin Guide for Tokyo lists 150 Tokyo restaurants, all of which are rewarded with at least one star and eight are given a high three-star estimate. This impressive amount of stars beats total restaurant ratings listed in the guides for such “gourmet cities” of the world as London and Paris, which officially makes Tokyo the world leader in fine cuisine and dining.

Such gourmet triumph of Japan’s capital should not be surprising – the country is famous all over the world for its biggest fish market, fresh seasonal produce, best-quality foods, and long-established love of the Japanese for exquisite and perfect dishes. Interestingly enough, about half of all TV programs is Japan are somehow related to food and the total amount of registered restaurants, canteens, sushi bars, and other eateries in Tokyo alone is over 190,000!

The initial work to create a list of the 1,500 most popular Tokyo restaurants was accomplished by a group of five food inspectors – both Japanese and European. During the second stage of evaluating, Michelin inspectors for 18 months were paying anonymous visits to the selected restaurants to taste the food and rank the service and interior.

Over two thirds of the Michelin list of fine Tokyo restaurants mention traditional Japanese dining, yet classic French cuisine is also well represented, especially among three-starred dining establishments. According to Michelin, the best French restaurants in Tokyo are: Joel Robuchon, L’Osier, and Quintessence.

Michelin’s turn towards Japan reflects this bible of French gastronomy’s desire to modernize its a bit heavy old-fashioned image and broaden its range of international culinary experience. Besides Japan, the guide has been recently expanded to 21 countries, with the latest published list featuring the finest dining locations of Los Angeles.

The Most Romantic French Restaurant in Canada

La Maquette, a great French cuisine restaurant in Toronto, has been voted this year as the most romantic French restaurant in Canada. Besides, every year, renowned for its poetic atmosphere and sumptuous culinary delights, it is nominated in numerous other categories, including “Best Food” and “Best Ambience”.

La Marquette is located in a historical district of Toronto overlooking the Sculpture Garden & St. James Cathedral. It offers truly a perfect setting to enjoy the treats of delicious French cuisine at any occasion: from a private dinner for two to a big corporate meeting. La Marquette guarantees “a culinary experience with exquisite taste and imagination at the forefront of gastronomic trends”.

The restaurant is very fussy about the quality of the ingredients for its wonderful dishes. The owner Ange Kanavas goes to the market every morning himself to select the freshest produce, with a preference of healthy and flavourful organic ingredients. Some of the dishes featured in the menu will make your mouth water… My favourite lunch treats are YELLOW FIN TUNA TARTARE, flavoured with scotch bonnets and served with pickled ginger, avocado and Yukon chips, and DUET OF ORGANIC CHICKEN AND FOIE GRAS TERRINE, made from delicately pulled confit of chicken and Quebec Foie Gras, Island Pumpkin, Bosch Pear and wild berries compote. For dinner, I would recommend a very French starter of WILD MUSHROOM STRUDEL with leek and spinach cream sauce and balsamic drizzle, thinly sliced roasted FILLET OF VENISON, cooked medium rare and served with wild berries, apple and aged port reduction, and, of course, one of the famous La Maquette’s desserts! My most beloved is POACHED PEAR AND ALMOND TART served with caramel ice cream and chocolate sauce.

The Wine and Champagne list of La Maquette is long and exquisite, featuring everything your soul might desire, from a humble Kechribari from Greece at $15.00 for a bottle to a $400.00 Crystal Louis Roederer Champaign from France.

Whenever you are in Toronto, don’t miss the experience! More information about La Maquette.