Gastronomy  Luxeat in Tokyo: Sugalabo
27/03/201700:00 Luxeat

The open kitchen of Sugalabo, a fine dining restaurant in Tokyo managed by Chef Yosuke Suga
After working for Joël Robuchon for 16 years in Paris, New York and other cities, Yosuke Suga came back to pursue his career in Japan. He has participated in Iron Chef Japan and now runs a restaurant, open only on those days he decides to open. Apart of the difficult reservation (you have to be introduced by someone who has dined there), Sugalabo is also not easy to find. Its entrance is hidden behind a wall of a coffee shop called “Orange Coffee”, in an office building like thousands others in the central Tokyo, so if you don’t know, you would never guess there is a restaurant behind it.

Yosuke-san cooks contemporary French cuisine, but while many of the techniques are French, Japanese ingredients and artisanship are celebrated throughout his cooking. One “amuse bouche” that impressed me most was Japanese made prosciutto on focaccia bread. It was obviously not from Parma, but was some of the best “Parma” hams I’ve ever had. Yosuke-san told a story that in order to work with its producer Tada Masatoyo, he had to wait few months to prove he is worth the collaboration.

Yosuke-san belongs to the new generation of Japanese chefs who have worked outside of Japan and came back to his home country to share his knowledge and forward thinking. Exactly what Japanese gastronomy, that can be too orthodox sometimes, needs nowadays.

Below are the dishes I had that night in October 2016!

Japanese wafer “monaka”, filled with sour cream and ikura (salmon roe)

Sardine and mustard terrine

Blue cheese and daikon feuilleté

Maitake mushroom tempura

Bon dabon prosciutto on focaccia

Grouper with botarga and okahijiki (land seaweed)

Pacific saury with tomato confit

Foie gras ravioli with matsutake mushrooms in dashi broth

Blackthroat seaperch with ginkgo nuts

Goto wagyu beef

Pomelo “Buntan” with mint


Tiramisu with a 25-year-old balsamic drizzle

Freshly baked madeleines

The entrance to this culinary experience

The article was originally published in January 2017 on For more information on Aiste's gourmey journeys across the world, follow her on Instagram! All photos are courtesy of and publication of this blog does not equate to endorsement of the establishment(s) mentioned herein. For more information on Sugalabo, please visit their official website, Chef Suga's personal Instagram, and their Facebook page.
Bonjour! I am Aiste. A few years ago, I used to be what is commonly called a “top fashion model”, working in Paris, New York or London for major international brands and designers. It’s a known fact: top models don’t eat, do they? Well, I did! I loved to eat, and still do! I’m passionate about good food and fine cuisine, and love to travel around in quest of great restaurants, gourmet landmarks and gastronomical trends. I also have a camera grafted on my left hand, and can’t help taking and sharing pictures of my best food discoveries! Yes, I’m what you could call an enthusiastic world “food-trotter”. And I would like you, dear readers, to be my first-class travelling companions...

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