English Reviews (Reviews Total Language : 67 reviews)
“Trying very hard to follow the style recent Michelin may expect”
Sens & Saveurs is a French restaurant located on the 35th Foor of Marunouchi Building. I visited there with a friend a few days ago for a prefixed menu lunch and was surprised to find the house was full mostly occupied by middle aged ladies. There were sufficient number of well trained but not neces...sarily well experienced waiters to serve drinks and dishes in a good timing, The menu included an appetizer of a glass of cremant de Burgogne which was quite good for a glorious sun-lighted noon. For a kind of prawn salad with shell grilled crispy we had a glass of “selected white wine” which happened to be a Bordeaux 2009 but it was too heavy for the meal with strong taste of Semillon completely overshadowing Sauvignon Blanc and tasted almost like Sauternes though not so sweet fortunately. So we had another different glass of white which happened to be from Languedoc but here again it was rather too heavy for the salad. The main dish was roasted duckling with spread flower like vegetables. Two pieces of duckling were so small that these were hardly recognizable. The dish was colorful and beautiful but it was more like an abstract painting rather than a meal. Obviously the restaurant is intending and trying hard to catch up with the style recent Michelin expects to be so. Having seen many other experience alike it is a great pity that those trying to attract Michelin stars are too conscious about appearance and tend to sacrifice taste (here particularly I should say temperature clearly either hot or cold, elegance and uniqueness) and adequate greasiness of sauces (colorfully painted sauces solidly stuck to the plates are like an apple on a painting) An example of Sébastien Bras of Le Suquet à Laguiole wanting to give up Michelin stars may increase as chefs and restaurant owners are getting tired of competing and maintaining Stars. A glass of “selected red wine” was not impressive at all and its name was not worth remembering. Overall the restaurant is an above average French restaurant with style and atmosphere which could attract the general Japanese French cuisine lovers. No wonder this is a branch of the Hiramatsu Group which I discovered after having paid the bill. Hiramatsu started in 1982 in Nishi-Azabu and was, as I remember still, very successful because of its style and atmosphere.
Visited February 2018
Very nice setting but the food was not great. Service, although pleasant, was sporadic and somewhat hap hazard. Lovely view of the city, but not worth the very high prices that they charge
Visited March 2017
“Spectacular views and nice food”
I do believe you will remember more the restaurant for the views it has over the Imperial Palace than for the content of the plate, unfortunately. Don't get me wrong, the food is French style and good (definitely very Japanese for French style) but it cannot compete with the nice views so when you b...ook ask for a window table.
Visited August 2016
“Great presentation and interesting mix of flavors”
I made a reservation over a month in advance and I was seated at a window table with a great view on the 35F overlooking the Imperial Gardens. The restaurant was full when I arrived so I was lucky to get such a good table. The waiters were polite and friendly and I ordered the "SENS & EMOTIONS" se...t menu. Wonderful food, good flavors and great presentation. The decor IS a little tired looking which could be a worry when you first arrive, but the food and service are both great. Besides, you don't go there to eat the furniture.
Visited July 2016
I had an unforgettable dinner several years ago in the Pourcel brother's restaurant in France, and Sens et Saveur is another joint. Delicious starter and classic main courses, accompanied the view of Tokyo tower which is breathtaking and delighted. Wonderful journey in Japan.
Visited March 2015