When I visited: May 2016
Location: Tokyo (Sumitomo Building, 52nd floor)
Rating in the Michelin Guide: Not rated in the Guide
What to wear: Men – jeans or nice trousers and a shirt; women – jeans and a smart top or a smart dress
Ambience: Cool, high-end
Course of the meal: Kobe beef
If I could change one thing: Give out printed menus
Travelling to Japan can be a bit of a killer, jet-lag wise. Even if you know that the sensible thing to do is to make yourself stay up to get onto ‘Japan time’, your body doesn’t want to know. However, having your first dinner out at Seryna might ease the pain a bit.
If you don’t speak Japanese, finding restaurants can sometimes be tricky as the entrances aren’t obvious. Seryna was slightly easier to find as it is within the Sumitomo Building, so after my partner Owl and I found the lifts, we exited into a cool, busy restaurant with stunning views that reminded me of the Star Wars planet of Coruscant.
We had a glass of red Chianti each together with the ‘extra special excellent Kobe dinner menu’ (that was really the name of it, I’m not just using superlatives), which was cooked in front of us by the friendly chef. The first course was called ‘on the spoon’ and consisted of three types of seafood on mini artful spoons, followed by caviar and teppan grilled blinis (we were instructed to put into mini pancakes the onions, eggs and cream cheese with caviar).
The next course was foil packets containing clam seafood broth – again a bit sci-fi and completely delicious, followed by a light Japanese salad, then lobster which was grilled and cut up for us (so we thankfully didn’t have to content with dental-like lobster cutting instruments through the haze of jet lag).
The Kobe beef was unsurprisingly the standout course; it was marbled, succulent, and served with perfectly cooked vegetables. The langoustine heads with broth, fried rice and vegetables didn’t let the side down either.
For dessert (strawberry mousse with ice cream in a wafer base) we moved over to a table with the best views, and sipped green tea. This was a nice touch that allowed us to completely relax at the end of the meal.
I would highly recommend Seryna if you want an innovative and high-end meal in Tokyo.