Aquavit Tokyo: Scandinavian Cuisine in the Heart of the City
I’ve wanted to visit Aquavit Tokyo for years but never got around to it. Recently, though, we ended up in the neighborhood and were looking for something to eat. The area was packed that day, so all of the more casual restaurants were overflowing with customers. I mentioned to my husband that I knew of a place in the area called Aquavit. I told him I always wanted to eat there, but you usually need to make reservations and I was unsure if they took walk-ins. He was optimistic, so we headed over to the restaurant. And lucky for us, they had a table available.
Aquavit Tokyo is the Tokyo branch of the renowned two-Michelin star restaurant from New York with the same name. Opened in 2008, Aquavit Tokyo serves contemporary Scandinavian cuisine in the upscale Kita-Aoyama neighborhood.
If you’re a fan of Scandinavian interiors, then Aquavit Tokyo is sure to impress. With furniture and lighting by Scandinavian designers Arne Jacobsen and Poul Henningsen, the gallery-like space is refined yet welcoming. Crisp white linens, cozy leather chairs, and warm wood accents work in harmony to transport you to Northern Europe.
The food at Aquavit is sophisticated; combining fresh ingredients with French techniques and traditional curing methods, they create beautifully balanced Nordic dishes. The kitchen is lead by executive chef Takashi Chiba. Prior to joining the team in 2017, he worked at famous restaurants throughout France and Tokyo.
Visit Aquavit Tokyo
Aquavit Tokyo is open for lunch (11:30-15:30 L.O. 14:30) and dinner (18:00-23:30 L.O. 22:00). The restaurant is closed on Mondays, except when it’s a holiday. Parties with children age five and under need to contact the store in advance. While there is no specified dress code, you will feel out of place if you are not dressed nicely. Men cannot wear shorts, sleeveless shirts, or sandals.
Address: Aoyama OM-SQUARE 1F, 2-5-8 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo