A restaurant in Tokyo was just named one of the hottest up-and-coming restaurants in the world

Jimbocho Den in Tokyo has been awarded the “One To Watch” category by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants association.

The One To Watch Award is presented to a restaurant that shows the potential to rise up the 50 Best Restaurants list in the coming years.

Den was ranked No. 37 on Asia’s best restaurants list and it currently holds one Michelin star.  

Restaurant owner Zaiyu Hasegawa began his cooking career at a ryōtei, a traditional high-end Japanese restaurant in Kagurzaka where his mother worked as a Geisha.

Chef Zaiyu Hasegawa.

That's where he got acquainted with ryōtei foods such as sushi.

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Carrot and beet salad.

After years of training, he opened Den in 2007.

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Broad beans cooked with dashi.

The restaurant serves modern kaiseki, a series of small intricate Japanese dishes.

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Kagoshima Wagyu cooked by the heat of the rice.

The eight-course menu changes with the seasons.

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Simple starter salad.

Hasegawa uses local, seasonal produce. He gets his produce and meats from a local network of suppliers, including his sister, who is an organic farmer.

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Rare fish special.

He created playful and colourful presentations.

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'Spring Textures,' a palate cleanser with finger lime, pomegranate, passionfruit, basil seeds, vinegar jelly and dashi.

The signature garden salad is composed of 20 vegetables and comes topped with an ant.

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The Den signature salad.

His famous Dentucky Fried Chicken Wings are served in a fast-food box that mimics Kentucky Fried Chicken takeout.

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Dentucky Fried Chicken, stuffed with autumn flavours - hazelnuts, chestnut, mushroom and rice.

Customers refer to the experience at Den as 'a personal and happy meal focused on the person consuming it, not on his ego as chef.'

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The chef with his fried shrimp.

The World's 50 Best Restaurants said that 'Zaiyu Hasegawa and his team surprise and delight their diners with delicious and entertaining takes on Japanese food.'

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Murasaki uni served over rice and resting on a bed of tuna 'sawdust' and urchin.

At this rate, the restaurant may soon make it onto the elite World's 50 Best Restaurants list.

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Garden salad.

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