One of Tokyo’s buzziest restaurants, Sezanne bagged its first Michelin star within months of opening in 2021 and gained a coveted second star in the 2023 red guide. British-born executive chef Daniel Calvert aims to merge the “timeless elegance” of a Parisian grand maison with the “open-minded lack of preciousness” that characterises the American approach to French cuisine he encountered during his tenure as sous chef at Per Se in New York. The seasonal menu is polished, precise, and technically astonishing: Riesling-poached foie gras with apricot and verbena sauce has the perfect buttery texture, while drunken Shanghai crab is reimagined as a delicate tarte dusted with gold-leaf shimmer.
One of Japan’s 13 Krug ambassadors, Calvert has a particular passion for Champagne, as evidenced by the restaurant’s classic Christofle trolley stocked with around five varieties of bubbles by the glass. The grand wine list features big-ticket bottles, as well as quirky natural wines from Jura, Loire, and Languedoc. Between lunch and dinner service, the restaurant’s waiting area functions as a Champagne salon.
2 Michelin Stars