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Wedding Perfection: Dinner at Dominique Bouchet Tokyo

Two weeks ago my partner and I tied the knot in a small civil elopement at our local ward office here in Tokyo. We kept the occasion very intimate, with only our witnesses and immediate family in attendance. To show our gratitude to our families—who traveled from the US and France—and to celebrate the event, we wanted to treat them to gourmet meal. So, after contacting multiple restaurants, we decided to host our wedding dinner at Dominique Bouchet Tokyo.

Seeing Stars at Dominique Bouchet Tokyo

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Dominique Bouchet has two Michelin stars and is a member of Relais & Chateaux

Dominique Bouchet is a respected name in the culinary realm. For over 30 years, Chef Bouchet has been behind multiple Michelin starred restaurants throughout Paris and the world. In 2004, he opened his own restaurant in Paris, which quickly received 1 star. Later, in 2013, Bouchet opened the doors to the Tokyo branch. The restaurant was well-received, even earning its two-Michelin star rating within the first four months. Soon after, DBT moved to its current location and was formally renamed Dominique Bouchet Tokyo. In addition to being awarded two Michelin stars, the restaurant is also a Relais & Chateaux member.

An Ambiance Parisienne

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The design is elegant and timeless. Decor and art, like these plates, pay homage to Edgar Degas’ ‘Dancers’

Dominique Bouchet Tokyo transports guests to France and invites them into a quintessential Parisian apartment. Parquet wood floors, traditional molding, and artwork by Pierre-Marie Brisson create a sophisticated and elegant space. Felt walls, marble tables, and a central brick wine cellar add an unexpected modern touch. The result? A timeless design that is luxurious and trés chic.

Appreciating the Past to Begin our Future

DBT offers two course menus, the Heritage and Generations, plus an a la carte menu. We wanted everyone to enjoy a complete experience, so we decided to go with one of the sets.  Upon recommendation of the staff, we went with the larger Heritage menu. This menu, aptly named, features Chef Bouchet’s signature dishes from throughout his career.

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A Dominique Bouchet classic—lobster jelly with sea urchin and caviar and celery sprouts

With the Heritage set, we tasted some of the Chef’s creations from his time at renowned (Michelin star) restaurants like La Tour D’Argent and Hôtel de Crillon. The sea urchin and caviar was decadent. The fois gras and kumquat confit was bursting with flavor. The soufflé—parfait!

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Dominique Bouchet created a vegetarian menu tailored to our guest

One of our guests was vegetarian, and the staff reassured us they could accommodate his diet. We discussed in detail what our guest could and could not eat. In the end, the DBT team served a delicious and elegant vegetarian menu tailored just for him. His menu included dishes such as poached egg with ratatouille and a green pea risotto with mountain vegetable beignets.

The Wedding Cake

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A custom cake with a chocolate sculpture and sparklers is the ultimate ending to a Michelin star wedding dinner

What’s a wedding without cake? While corresponding with the restaurant, I was very clear that I take dessert very seriously! Dessert is one of my favorite meals of the day, and I love cake. So, naturally, I had high expectations for my wedding day. Dominique Bouchet Tokyo was up for the challenge. They made us a dream wedding cake with Michelin star style.

Our cake had an airy chocolate center topped with a chocolate glaze. Puréed orange added a bright citrus flavor, while the praline brought a nutty taste. It was creamy with crunch and indulgent but light. On top, the cake was decorated with more hazelnuts, chocolate pieces, and gold leaf. Beside it towered an elaborate chocolate sculpture brushed with gold and a white chocolate piece beautifully decorated with the message ‘Just Married’. Finally, sparklers topped the cake for a festive climax to the night.

DBT Service and Staff

The service at Dominique Bouchet Tokyo is impeccable, a quality that weighed heavily when deciding where to host our dinner. From the first email, the staff were very attentive to our needs and requests, and the communication was quick and clear. Then, throughout the meal, they did everything to ensure we had a wonderful evening.

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From left to right: the Executive Chef, the Patissier, the General Manager

Romain, the General Manager of Dominique Bouchet, took care of us personally, along with his team. When he realized my partner and his family were French, he quickly accommodated and gave descriptions in English and French. Also, he gave amazing wine recommendations.

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The kitchen quickly made an alternate dish to accommodate a shellfish allergy

At the beginning of the night, we found out we would be having shellfish for our first dish. We were all excited, but I forgot that my sister had recently grown intolerant. This could have become an issue. Fortunately, Romain reacted quickly and, when our first course came out, my sister had a dish that was shellfish-free.

Dine out at Dominique Bouchet Tokyo

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Gourmandise to finish the evening

Dominique Bouchet Tokyo is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Wine tasting sessions in the wine cellar are available upon request. The restaurant is closed for a week in August for summer holiday and also closes for a winter holiday. Reservations are requested, and men are asked to wear jackets. Dominique Bouchet Tokyo has a 10 percent service charge. Credit cards are accepted.

Address: Fukushima Building 2F, Brick Street, 1-5-6 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Telephone:+81-3-6264-4477

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Tokyo-based expat and freelance writer, blogger, and artist. Wife to a Parisien. Let’s chat luxury, food, and travel. Can speak 日本語(ish) and français(beginner) Twitter: @fleurdelilah Instagram: @fleurdelilah

  • This was such a lovely post, I’m so happy you got to experience this with your family! And what gorgeous food too! I may just have to go here next time I’m in Tokyo!

    May 28, 2017
  • All of this food looks so amazing! That’s so cool too that Tokyo has more Michelin stars than anywhere else in the world! I definitely would have thought it would be France. How do you like living abroad in Tokyo? I’m considering teaching English abroad in Japan after my current visa in New Zealand ends 🙂

    May 28, 2017
  • Congratulations! And what beautiful pictures – it looks delicious!

    May 30, 2017

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