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The stellar standard for food and service in Japanese restaurants

Japanese restaurants are becoming increasingly renowned, especially by foreigners, for a wide range of reasons such as food safety and service. Here we will introduce you to the various factors as to why Japanese restaurants are so highly esteemed.

High regard for food safety and food allergies

Almost without exception, Japanese and foreigners choose restaurants based on their commitment and effort they put into food safety. As high-class restaurants also say that it is fundamental that people can eat their meals safely and with peace of mind, focus on food safety is becoming top priority. This includes writing on the menu the origin of the ingredients used in the dishes, as well as any possible food allergies. This is a great way to promote the safety of Japanese restaurants by providing correct information to all customers visiting the restaurants.

In high-class restaurants strengthened food control systems are in place by checking the products specifications of importers and by clearly assigning different roles to different departments. For customers with food allergies, special menus to help accommodate their allergies are in use, as well as regular in-house training sessions about food allergies are held for the staff. This is the high standard of service in Japanese restaurants, not only in terms of the taste of the food served, but also in terms of food safety and food allergy compliance.

A high standard of customer service is also important in choosing a restaurant

The restaurants chosen by Japanese and foreigners alike are not only highly regarded for the quality of the food they serve, but also for the manner in which they treat their guests. For example, when making a reservation by phone at a fine restaurant a polite response might be, "We are terribly sorry, but your preferred date is fully booked out. We are able to offer you another date instead if you would like". And when it comes to actually ordering off the menu, some customers want to eat within a limited budget. To accommodate these kind of requirements, many fine dining establishments will do their best to reduce the number of courses they have in their menus.

High-class restaurants that are often used for entertaining will allow customers who do not wish to be seen to enter through other areas of the restaurant, such as the kitchen. Some of these restaurants will also allow you eat your meals in areas where generally you would not be allowed to and have well trained staff that are familiar with the timing of meals. Furthermore, if you are booking a table at a high-class restaurant for an important business meeting you can reserve a spot at a ‘power table’, where you are able to concentrate on your business. This is a feature of high-class restaurants, where you can enjoy your meal while still being able to solely focus on your important business without being bothered by distractions.

During the meal, if there is a customer who does not like alcohol he or she will be gently offered a soft drink so as not to interrupt the flow of conversation. This is one of the most important factors in choosing a fine dining restaurant, not only because of the food but also because of the customer service.

You should choose a fine dining restaurant based on a variety of factors, not just the taste of the food

Fine dining restaurants in Japan are committed to constant food quality checks, providing dishes that take food allergies into consideration, and cater to reservations for entertaining and other occasions. It is important to choose a restaurant that not only offers good food, but also a safe and satisfying environment for customers.


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