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.