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TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN: Chef Namae's L'Effervescence, which opened in 2010, is a two Michelin-starred establishment, and is ranked No 12 on the Asia's Best 50 Restaurants list.

SOFT WATER DASHI: Chef Namae's Chawanmushi recipe calls for water low in minerals.

Always a work in progress

Shinobu Namae of two-Michelin- starred L'Effervescence in Tokyo chooses the humble turnip as his signature dish, which he parlays into a triumph of fine dining.
Jan 30, 2016 5:50 AM

COULD there be anything better than bread and butter? How about a spread made of sour cream and dehydrated tofu?

This unlikely combination is served at L'Effervescence, in place of butter, as there is a shortage of it in Japan.

Its executive chef Shinobu Namae introduced it at his