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
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
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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
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
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