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The Michelin Guide has consistently awarded more stars to Tokyo dining establishments than any other city in the world. I created this blog as my personal Tokyo restaurant guide, but I hope you will also enjoy reading it. If you have been to any of the same places feel free to leave some comments about your own experiences.



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Sunday, 23 December 2007

La Collezione, Ebisu リストランテ・ラ・コッレツィオーネ東京 恵比寿

La Collezione is an elegant Italian restaurant located not far from Yebisu Garden Place. We recently held my company's "bonenkai" end of year dinner there and I was impressed with the food and the service. All the dishes were fresh and competently prepared, but the highlight for me was halfway through the courses when a little contraption was brought over and the waiter "smoked" our scallops. A bit of unexpected theatre that added greatly to the dish! At the end of the meal they brought out a selection of grappa to top off a lovely experience and we left the restaurant warm and satisfied.

http://www.lacolle.jp/index.html
TEL 03-5768-9733

Sunday, 16 December 2007

Le Petit Bedon, Daikanyama ル・プティ・ブドン 代官山

This "underground" French restaurant has been going for about ten years and it's easy to see why. The food and service are superb and this is a great place for a business lunch. Watch out though as the price of the set menu is deceptive. We were offered an amazing cheese plate but it added a few thousand yen to the bill! Still worth trying especially where you need to impress without being overly pretentious. They also have a theme night featuring a different style of wine each month.

Update: I have now tried Le Petit Bedon for dinner. My dining partner and I took the 12,000 yen tasting menu and wow! The dinner comprised of an amuse gueule of a baby tomato in jelly, a "pyramid" of scallop with wasabi ice cream, sauted foie gras with herbs and baked apple, a scampi and pistou pie with crustacean sauce, sea bream with a light yuzu sauce, slow cooked beef cheek, cheeses and a fondant chocolat to finish. Everything was amazing, and I was so full by the end of the meal my tummy hurt! I walked all the way home to my place near Hiroo to ease the guilt. I highly recommend this place. The service is formal but not stuck up, the food is excellent and the prices are at least about 30% lower than what you would expect to pay at one of the better known and fancier establishments in Tokyo.

http://www.pachon.co.jp/eng/petit_bedon/indexnew.html
Tel: 03-5457-0086

Bocca di Leone, Ebisu ボッカ・ディ・レオーネ 恵比寿

Bocca di Leone (the lion's mouth) is an Italian restaurant in Ebisu (close to the Shirokane end) that I recently visited for Sunday lunch. The interior was probably quite modern and edgy when it opened but it needs a coat of paint these days. There is a pasta set for 1,700 yen and a lunch set with a meat or fish for 2,200 yen. This include an antipasto, some bread and a main. I had grilled scallops which were very nicely done and topped with a finely chopped onion and garlic topping. It was served with deep fried Chinese broccoli and drizzled with good olive oil. It was very nice eating. My dining partner who took the pasta set had four large raviolis stuffed with spinach and ricotta and topped with parmesan and a bit of gorgonzola.

http://www.bocca.jp/
Tel: 03-3440-3123

Saturday, 15 December 2007

Forty Five, Roppongi フォーティーファイブ 六本木

Being situated as it is on the lobby floor of the Ritz Carlton on the 45th floor of a tower in the Tokyo Midtown development, this restaurant is aptly named. The views of Tokyo are amazing and the service is extremely attentive, even though the waitstaff seemed kind of nervous with their English. I tried the 5,000 yen lunch set (which is their cheapest) on a recent business lunch meeting and came away extremely impressed. I had a prosciutto and endive salad to start and this was followed by a small half lobster on linguine and then a small pear sorbet topped with a burnt caramel foam. All ingredients were of the utmost freshness, which is something about which you can really tell the difference. But the best thing is that the maitre d'hotel gave us two glasses of Dom Perignon on the house. I'm sure that free champers will turn out to be quite expensive for me in the long run as I am sure to be back!

http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Tokyo/Dining/FortyFive/Default.htm
Tel: 03-3423-8000

Sunday, 9 December 2007

Tableaux, Daikanyama タブローズ  代官山

Sooner or later Tableaux was going to make it onto my blog as it is one of the mainstay restaurants on the expat circuit in Tokyo. I have been to Tableaux about five times in the past, but it was only on my recent sixth visit that I was actually impressed with the food. I started with a couple of oyster shots which are always good (and let's admit it, it's hard to mess up an oyster), and this was followed as a started by little tacos with fried ginger on top, a little yuzu (Japanese lime) cream on the side and a little glass with a shot of gazpacho. As opposed to your ordinary taco, the beef was excellent quality and the overall taste was just great. For the main I had a divine beef cheek that came with a little salad tossed in raspberry and maple syrup. For one of the first times in recent memory I did not have enough room for dessert, but we all left the restaurant well satisfied. I will definitely be back to see if they can repeat the performance!

http://www.tableaux.jp/en
Tel: 03-5489-2201

Saturday, 8 December 2007

Cafe Daisy, Roppongi カフェデイジー 六本木


Cafe Daisy is a Scandinavian themed cafe situated not far from Midtown at Roppongi. Almost as soon as we sat down on the enclosed balcony we noticed that there was a cat sitting right above us; then for the next hour we got to know what a cat in its various poses looks like from under the floor. Anyway, back to food. They offer a basic brunch for 2,000 yen which includes a dish such as Eggs Benedict or quiche with a drink (including an alcoholic one if you wish to partake). I had the Eggs Benedict which tasted as good as the picture. They also bring lots of bread (various danish varieties), and definitely get the "brought more bread without having to ask" award. It's a good place for brunch with friends on a sunny weekend.

http://www.cafedaisy.com/
Tel: 03-5411-0253

Luxor, Marunouchi ルクソール 丸の内

Over the years I have been to Luxor in Marunouchi and Shirokane several times both for lunch and dinner. The food is always very nicely prepared and the menu quite interesting. On the latest visit to Marunouchi I took the standard 4,800 yen menu. This included a delicious entree plate with some octopus, pork belly with polenta and salami and fresh mozzarella. A spaghetti tossed in olive oil with a grilled scallop and a little half scampi followed. This was also very nice. Finally there was a little dessert plate and coffee. Including wine for three people the bill came to just under 20,000 yen which is clearly not cheap, but not outrageous either. All in all Luxor is a pretty safe choice on the food side, and it's open until quite late which is sometimes pretty hard to find in Tokyo.

http://www.luxor-r.com/menu_e.html
Tel: 03-6212-6900

Thursday, 6 December 2007

Cogito, Nishi Azabu コジト 西麻布

Cogito is the first Michelin rated restaurant I have visited since the guide came out. The food is typical Tokyo French which means that it's very good for the most part, but with maybe not too much to surprise you. I took the 8,000 yen menu which includes a starter, a fish, a meat and dessert. Funnily enough the most memorable thing I ate there was the amuse bouche which was a white liver mouse on a little crouton. Amazing flavour! The foie gras was competent, the fish overcooked, the duck good and the dessert which was like a chocolate brownie with lots of different shades of ice cream was great. I'm not sure if I would rush back there, but for a special dinner in a nice atmosphere (like a date) it would be worth a try.

http://tokyo.gourmet.livedoor.com/restaurant/info/302583.html
Tel: 03-3796-3838

Sunday, 2 December 2007

Vacanza, Ebisu ピッツェリアバカンツァ 恵比寿

Vacanza is an Italian restaurant more or less opposite Zest in Ebisu. It covers two levels and has an interesting Napolitan style decor. The menu is mainly pizzas and pasta. The lunch set includes anti pasto or salad, pizza or pasta for 1,600 yen as well as an optional dessert for 200 yen. I ordered the salad with prosciutto which was very nice and followed it with a lasagna which was flavoured with a bit of truffle oil. The lasagna was quite nice, but there was lots of orange fat coagulating on the bottom and the meat was, to be honest, a bit gristly. They serve the meals with some foccacia and olive oil, but I had to ask for more (so they don't get the "brought more bread without asking award"). My dining partner had the anti pasto which was apparently delicious but small. This was followed by crab linguine which had lots of shell but not much meat. Overall this is an interesting little place to try but there are some things they could do to improve the food.

http://r.gnavi.co.jp/g765600/
Tel: 03-3440-5658

Thursday, 29 November 2007

Labyrinthe, Shirokane ラビラント 白金

Going to Labyrinthe is like taking a trip to France for an hour or two; quite a contrast to the very typical Japanese shopping street in Shirokane where the restaurant is located. I went there for lunch, but the a la carte menu is actually the same for lunch and dinner. I ordered a crab soup and the lamb with foie gras and my dining partner ordered a gazpacho and guinea fowl for the main. The crab soup was, well, very crabby and more earthy than I had expected- but actually very nice. The lamb was excellent, sort of lamb cutlets but with little meat balls made around the end of the bone with bits of foie gras inside. The bits of fresh truffle scattered on top added a lot of flavour. When we asked for the dessert cart it turned out that our eyes were bigger than our tummies, but there was a little scoop of ice cream served after the mains which was exactly what we needed. For two people, including a couple of glasses of wine each the bill came to about 7,000 yen per person. Not that cheap, definitely not good if you're on a diet as the food is rich, but well worth a visit.

http://www.labyrinthe.co.jp/
Tel: 03-5420-3584

Sunday, 25 November 2007

Le Parc, Ebisu ル・パルク 恵比寿


Despite the name and the Parisian decor, this restaurant is actually a Hong Kong style Chinese restaurant. Bizarre. Anyway the food is of a very high standard and a nice surprise in a city where good dim sum/ yum cha is very hard to find. There's a 2,000 yen set and a 3,000 yen set, but if you go to gnavi.jp you can print off a coupon so you get the 3,000 set for 2,500. That's what I did and for that you get shark fin soup, assorted "zensai" including a yummy char siew, fried and steamed dumplings, sticky rice (actually the best I have tasted for a long time) and the dessert of your choice. It's a good place to have a group lunch or a one on one.

http://www.cordon-bleu.co.jp/
Tel: 03-3780-5050

Sunday, 18 November 2007

Calm Terrace, Ebisu カームテラス 恵比寿


Calm Terrace is a very nice restaurant in Ebisu, almost opposite Zest. The decor is modern and the menu is a very nice modern "Californian". For lunch you can't go past the Hayashi rice which is a very classy interpretation of that Japanese canteen mainstay. I have been many times for lunch and a couple of times for dinner. Dinner, as you might expect, has a larger menu and I have not tasted an off dish yet. I highly recommend this place for a business or personal occasion.

http://www.calmterrace.com/
Tel: 03-6771-7030

French Dining, Iidabashi フレンチダイニング 飯田橋


You would think that they could have thought up a more original name for this French restaurant situated not from from Iidabashi. Anyway the staff is mostly French which lends an air of authenticity. I have been for lunch quite a few times and there is always an interesting lunch set on offer with friendly and efficient service. Worth trying out for lunch if you are around Iidabashi.

http://www.french-dining.com/
Tel: 03-3260-7022

Wine Bistrot - Rouge ou Blanc, Ebisu ワインビストロルージュウブラン 恵比寿

If you want to eat at this little French style eatery in a back alley near Peacock in Ebisu you'd better arrive early, or visit on a Sunday. This is a very popular place to eat lunch for people that work around Ebisu. For a light lunch you can't go past the Asparagus Risotto, or for something more substantial the beef pasta is delicious. Prices are reaonable and the service is efficient.

http://r.gnavi.co.jp/a075300/
Tel: 03-5456-0848

Sunday, 11 November 2007

La Bastide, Mita ラ・バスティード 三田


La Bastide is a friendly little French restaurant not far from the big G2 home centre at Mita. The food is quite nice and the service very friendly. If you're in that part of town I would check it out for lunch.

http://www.la-bastide.jp/
Tel: 03-3453-1120

Enzo, Nishi-Azabu エンゾパステリア 西麻布


Enzo is a place where you can get a good honest pasta for lunch or dinner for a reasonable price. If you have to eat out with people who are on a budget this is not a bad place.

http://www.enzo-pasteria.com/

Tel: 03-5778-3923

Cabana, Ebisu カバナ 恵比寿


Cabana is a very good western style cafe with a good chef not far from Ebisu Garden Place. They have nice sandwich/lunch sets through the week and on the weekend you can have an eggs benedict which is to die for (and excellent if you have a hangover). They're also not too bad for dinner. My only gripe would be that lunch on the weekend is really expensive and the coffee although nice is very dear.

Tel: 03-5421-2228

Bar Verano, Naka Meguro バルヴェラーノ 中目黒




Bar Verano is a little Spanish tapas bar with good food, comfy couches not far from Naka Meguro station.

Tel: 03-3793-3822

Buona Cucina Italiana Piola, Shirokane ブオナクッチーナイタリアーナピオラ 白金

Piola is a very authentic Italian restaurant situated in Shirokane near Meiji Dori. The food is fresh and tasty with interesting things on the menu like beef tongue pasta. Very nice for a quiet lunch.

http://gourmet.yahoo.co.jp/0000655972/U0001048264/
Tel: 03-3442-5244

Au Petit Paris, Shirokane オー・プティパリ 白金

This is a cute and quiet little French restaurant near Shirokane that may be nice for a change once in a while. I remember eating a very nice foie gras there.

http://gourmet.yahoo.co.jp/0000656474/
Tel: 03-3449-7301

Konomu, Shirokane このむ 三光坂下 白金



Konomu is a little Izakaya in Shirokane where you need to sit on the floor. It comes over as very Japanese style but in fact there are many western dishes on the menu so it's a good place to bring foreigners (if they're ok with the floor). My favourite dish is the mayonnaise prawns.

http://www.konomu.com/
Tel: 03-6408-0744

Aladdin, Hiroo アラジン 広尾


Aladdin is one of the finest French restaurants I have been to anywhere. It's almost next door to Pitchouli (see other post). The food is expensive but well worth it if you have a special occasion to mark. Memorable for me was the rillette which is the best I have ever tasted, and the cheeses are amazing.

Pitchouli de Loulou, Ebisu ラ ピッチョリー ド ルル 恵比寿




Pitchouli is a cute little Basque style tapas izakaya/restaurant in Ebisu (but it's actually closer to Hiroo station than Ebisu). The large range of dishes seem very authentic and are very delicious. The service is a bit lacking as they seem to know there are plenty of customers where you came from (and for good reason). Be sure to book.

http://www.chez-tomo.com/loulou/index.html
Tel: 03-3440-5858

A Tes Souhaits, Shibuya アテスエ 渋谷



A Tes Souhaits is a charming little French restaurant tucked in the backstreets of Aoyama/ Shibuya not far from Aoyama Dori. It looks just like a real little French brasserie and the food is great. I went there for lunch one Sunday and my favourite was a black pepper flavoured chocolate pudding!

http://r.gnavi.co.jp/g281300/
Tel: 03-5464-7388

TY Harbour Brewery, Shinagawa ティワイハーバーブルワリー 品川



Popular with all the expats working nearby at Citigroup, TY is another of those expat favourites in Tokyo. You can sit outside or in and the food is a pretty good casual international style. It's a bit on the expensive side for what it is, but quite a reasonable experience when it's all said and done.

http://www.tyharborbrewing.co.jp/
Tel:03-5479-4555

Maison Kayser, Takanawa メゾンカイザー 高輪




This is absolutely my favourite bakery in Tokyo. The croissant aux amandes is just out of this world! They also have branches in other parts of Tokyo, see website below: http://www.maisonkayser.co.jp/

Boulangerie Patisserie Brasserie Viron, Marunouchi ブーランジェリー パティスリー ブラッセリー ヴィロン 丸ノ内


Viron is a French patisserie that also offers lunch. Just make sure that you get there well before 2pm. It's a nice place with atmosphere and the pastries that you can buy there are superb. They also have a branch in Shibuya which is a little less fancy. The Viron millers of Chartres are known for holding the trademark Retrodor baguette patent.

http://www.marunouchi.com/common/COM_E/shop/detail.cgi?SH_MSH_code=3018&fn=all&pn=7&SH_MGE_code=1700
Tel: 03-5220-7288

Saturday, 10 November 2007

Cicada, Nishi Azabu シカダ 西麻布


Cicada is the place to see the gaijin 30-something "desperate housewives" as there is guaranteed to be at least one group there every time you visit. Apart from the people watching, the food is very good Tapas style and it's a great place for lunch or dinner.

http://www.tyharborbrewing.co.jp/restaurants/cicada.html
Tel: 03-5447-5522

Harem, Aoyama (Kita Aoyama) ハレム 北青山


Harem is a great Turkish restaurant situated in a 70s style plaza near Gaienmae. The food is fresh, lovely and very interesting. The restaurant is a bit noisy but it's worth the discomfort for a really different dining experience from the usual in Tokyo.

http://www.harem.co.jp/
Tel: 03-5786-2929

The Hamburger Inn, Nishi Azabu ザ・ハンバーガーイン 西麻布


Hamburger Inn is apparently a Tokyo institution. After having tasted one of their burgers in their unpretentious little store in Roppongi Dori just up from Nishi Azabu crossing I can see why. The meat is nice, the bun toasted and the fries are delicious.

Here's an article about Hamburger Inn:
http://www.japaninc.com/mgz_sep-oct_2007_issue_burger-boom

Ninnikuya, Ebisu にんにくや 恵比寿



Ninnikuya is a veritable orgy of garlic, but it is disgustingly delicious! To start with you need to have the garlic toast which is just about the most over the top thing you will ever see - a piece of baguette served perpendicular with a 3 inch high pile of buttery garlic on top. I also recommend the whole roasted garlic, garlic steak, the baked salmon and the mixed fried noodle. The spring rolls are also pretty nice. Just pick a day when you don't have to see too many people the next day.

http://www.ninniku-ya.com/
Tel: 03-3446-5887

Il Buttero, Hiroo イル・ブッテロ 広尾



Il Buttero is situated in a lane just off the Hiroo shopping street. It in a old house with a lovely tree outside. The food is your basic Italian and the attitude from the partially Italian staff is a bit macho, but basically it's a place for a good not too sophisticated Italian feed.

http://www.il-buttero.com/
Tel: 03-3445-9545

Mai Thai, Ebisu マイタイ 恵比寿



Mai Thai is my favourite Thai restaurant in Tokyo. Great Thai food similar to what one might get back home in Sydney (so I'm not sure how authentic it is but hey, it tastes great!). It's crowded so be prepared to line up some nights.

http://r.gnavi.co.jp/b931600/
Tel: 03-3280-1155

A Ta Gueule, Ebisu アタゴール 恵比寿



This is a tiny little restaurant in the same street as Zest in Ebisu. The chef has worked on the Orient Express and for various embassies. The food is rich and decadent French and the wines that the waiter suggested to us were superb. A great place for an intimate dinner.

http://www.atagueule.com/
Tel: 03-3449-8757

Benitora, Marunouchi 紅虎餃子房 丸の内



This branch of the Benitora chain situated under a non-descript office building in Marunouchi serves rich spicy northern Chinese dishes. If you're going on a Saturday you need to make sure that you get there before 2pm as they will not let you in after then. The food is great!

http://www.team-alps.com/
http://www.xin-li.com/
Tel: 03-3212-1772

Futon, Nishi Azabu 胡同 西麻布


This is a place where you need to cook your own food, which is something I don't usually go for. But this is much better than your average yakiniku restaurant with lots of different marinated meats and vegetables. It's a fun place and not at all expensive. For two people we ate till we were well stuffed and had about four beers each and got out of it for around 10,000 yen.

http://www.take-5.co.jp/
Tel: 03-5467-2213

Pas à Pas, Yotsuya パザパ 四ツ谷


This is a funny little French restaurant on the second floor of a rickety little shop in Yotsuya (or Funamachi to be exact). The food is cheap (dinner course 2,500 yen) but very good quality and extremely good value. The service is fairly indifferent but not an issue as the food is the main attraction. When I went there on Saturday night with a group of friends you could almost hear a pin drop after 9pm - so get there early, and book as it is a popular with the locals.

http://e-food.jp/cgi-bin/restfind/view1.cgi?no=1124071737
http://www.hpmix.com/home/pasapas/
Tel: 03-3357-7888

Aotea Rangi, Ebisu アオテアランギ 恵比寿


This is a little "New Zealand" restaurant/ wine bar situated near Le Lion (see related post) in Ebisu. There's nothing very much New Zealand about it apart from the wine list, but it's not a bad little place. I recommend the oysters and the herb salad.

http://www.unitedf.com/aotea_rangi/
Tel: 03-3447-1496

Legato, Shibuya レガート 渋谷



Legato is yet another Global Dining restaurant (Tableaux, Stellato etc). This version of the formula has a great view over Shibuya from its bar. The food is average, but the prices are not too steep and there's a good wine list. A VERY popular hang out for foreigners in Tokyo.

Tel: 03-5784-2121

Wednesday, 26 September 2007

Osteria Baccano, Shibuya オステリアバッカーノ 渋谷



In the middle of the love hotel district in Shibuya lies Osteria Baccano. I stopped here with a friend by chance and ended up having a thoroughly delightful and reasonably priced meal. The menu allows you to order a range of dishes at a per person rate depending on how many dishes you take. We had a little sausage to start, followed by lobster linguine (topped by half a real lobster), fish, lamb and dessert. Including a half caraffe of wine this feast came out less than 10,000 yen. The food was fresh, well cooked and tasty. What more could anyone ask for?

www.tsuiteru.com/gr/baccano
Tel: 03-3461-0515

Oak Door, Grand Hyatt Roppongi オーク ドア グランド ハイアット 東京


The Oak Door is one of a number of restaurants to be found at the elegant Grand Hyatt in Roppongi. This restaurant is one of my safe but good choices for business lunches in Tokyo. The service is good, the surroundings extremely elegant and the food is of very high quality. My favourite would have to be the lobster salad, which is a bit pricey at 4,500 yen but well worth it. For some reason every time I visit I end up drinking champagne - but that's not compulsory! Perhaps the atmosphere of sheer luxury is to blame.

http://tokyo.grand.hyatt.jp/
Grand Hyatt Tokyo,
Roppongi Hills, 6-10-3 Roppongi.
Tel: 03-4333-8888

Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Spyro's, Harajuku スピローズ 原宿



Spyro's is a sunny "al fresco" style Greek restaurant in the middle of Harajuku. There were no actual Greek staff on hand but the atmosphere of a Greek seaside taverna definitely comes through (as well as could be expected in the middle of Tokyo). Light meals are mostly what is on offer and the prices are not especially expensive. I started off with some fried Haloumi cheese, which I had never seen before in Tokyo and is one of my favourites. It doesn't sound very Greek, but I especially enjoyed their french fries which seemed as though they had been twice fried (which as any chip connoisseur knows is the secret to deliciousness!). There were quite a few gristly bits in the beef yeeros, which was a bit gross. The baklava was much drier than it should be, but still tasted quite good. So the food's not perfect, but it's still worth going there for the change of scene, especially on a nice sunny Tokyo summer day.

http://www.spyros.jp/
Tel: 03-5786-4446

Monday, 11 June 2007

Tsukushiro Sharks Fin Chinese Restaurant, Ebisu 筑紫樓 恵比寿



Sharks Fin is a fairly swish Chinese restaurant situated in the backstreets of Ebisu, not far from Ebisu station. I have eaten there a number of times for lunch, most recently on a Sunday when I ordered their middle of the road lunch set (pictured). Normally I don't care for "Chuka Ryori" (Japan style Chinese) but this food tasted just authentic enough to get my seal of approval. The fried prawns in mayonnaise were excellent and the little piece of Peking Duck we got was actually not too bad. The chilled ani doufu given for desert was quite nice and just what was required for the June weather. So for reliable slap up Chinese food in Ebisu in quite nice surroundings, Sharks Fin is just the place. And of course if you want to spend the money you can eat Shark's fin as well - I guess I'll do that next time!

http://www.tsukushiro.co.jp/
Tel: 03-3760-0016

Thursday, 7 June 2007

Cardenas Charcoal Grill, Ebisu カーディナスチャコールグリル 恵比寿



It had been quite some time since I visited Cardenas at Ebisu. This Ebisu mainstay is located not far from Ebisu station and Komazawa Dori, on the hill just before the Ebisu "five ways". The menu has changed since I last ate there, which is something I like to see. There's a range of nice California/fusion style dishes on the menu, but the lobster caught my eye, and seeing it was my birthday I thought "why not?". Even at expensive restaurants my experience of lobster in Tokyo has usually been quite underwhelming. However the lobster I ate here was absolutely fresh and delicious. There's something to be said for keeping the poor critters alive until just before we eat them (sorry!). I highly recommend Cardenas for a date, business dinner, or for dining with a group of friends. The food and service is always great and they're open until 5am.

Tel: 03-5428-0779

Côte d'Or, Mita/Takanawa コートドール 三田

Situated on the ground floor of a 70's style mega apartment complex is the well established French restaurant, Cote D'Or. The service and food is everything that you would expect for a restaurant in this price range, which is the expensive one! My dining partner and I ordered the tasting menu, the highlights of which were an amazingly fleshy and tasty sting-ray cooked in butter and a melt-in-the-mouth oxtail. The ambiance is quiet and elegant, making it the perfect setting for a very special occasion. The prices ensure that this would be a place to visit only every now and again.

http://gourmet.livedoor.com/restaurant/2590/
5-2-18 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-3455-5145

Wednesday, 6 June 2007

La Grappe, Nishi Azabu ラ グラップ 西麻布


La Grappe is a delightful french restaurant located in the backstreets of Nishi Azabu. The staff are delightful and the food, prepared by a chef that lived for four years in France, is consistently good. Even for lunch, they start you off with an "amuse bouche" with your bread. On my latest visit I had a lovely gazpacho for starter followed by an excellent main of slow cooked pork with rice - considering the quality and size of serving it was very good value for 1890 yen. I was simply too full to eat dessert, but in the past when I have it has been yummy. This is a very appropriate restaurant for a date or a quiet business "tete a tete".

Official Blog: http://lagrappe.blog111.fc2.com/
Tel: 03-3403-2029

David's Deli, Mita デビッドデリ 三田


David's Deli is situated quite close to the D2 home center in Mita which is how I first came across it. The interior is quite plain save for the Chagall reproduction windows around the staircase which represent the 12 tribes of Israel and add a very interesting touch to the whole place. The food is quite dear and there are no lunch sets but the servings are decent and the quality is superb. Whenever I go I can't stop ordering the same thing: chicken schnitzel pita sandwich, along with baba ganoush and kubbe. There's plenty of other middle eastern style delights on the menu as well as well as some Jewish mainstays such as matzo ball soup (which is good for those watching their waistline), but I just enjoy my habitual order so much! My only real complaint is that you have to pay extra for the pita bread when you order the baba ganoush, houmous or other mezze. Stingy! But I can look past it as the food is GOOD and the service friendly.

http://www.davidsdeli.co.jp/
Tel: 03-5441-1211

Tuesday, 5 June 2007

Le Lion, Ebisu ル・リオン 恵比寿



Le Lion is a cute reproduction of a Lyonnais bouchon (featuring shop genuine shop window stickers from Lyon and French radio playing in the background) located in the back streets of Ebisu. The food and service are good, and it's a great place for brunch on Sunday. I had a lovely rillette (a spread made out of pork) on sliced baguette, followed by an excellent omelet filled with cheese, lightly curried potatoes and lardons. My only complaint is that the dollop of ketchup on the side was a bit unnecessary and detracted from the taste of the perfectly made omelet. There was plenty of bread and a carafe on hand which always adds points in my book.

http://gourmet.livedoor.com/restaurant/318283/
1-21-16, Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-3445-8131