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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, 27 January 2008

Il Ristorante Nella Pergola, Hiroo イル リストランテ ネッラ ペルゴラ  広尾

Pergola is a modern Italian restaurant situated in Komazawa Dori not far from Ebisu Prime Square in Hiroo. It has been on my list of "must trys" for a while now and I recently had the opportunity to have dinner there on a Saturday night. The dining room is relatively small and, with a wooden floor, it can get a little noisy. We were given only the option of an 8,000 yen menu where you can select an entree, a pasta, a main and a dessert. I ordered the sea bream carpaccio, gnocchi with ragout, veal cutlet and espresso and grappa souffle. My dining partner ordered the 6-year aged parmesan and black pepper tagliolini and the grilled duck, which she reports were both divine. The sea bream was served with some flecks of cream, herbs and a few little pieces of black caviar scattered through and was a delight to bite down on. The gnocchi and ragout was delicious and velvety and I strongly suspected that my dining partner wished that she had ordered it! The veal cutlet was crumbed and had been finished in the oven with some cheese and tomato. It was cooked medium rare and was nice enough. All of this was washed down with a good 1999 Barbaresco (an Italian red). The small espresso and grappa souffle was delicious and came with a little side of crushed ice and cream in a shot glass. The meal was topped off beautifully with some grappa. The service is a little awkward but extremely willing and pleasant. I would recommend Pergola for business or pleasure and this will certainly not be my last visit.

http://www.pergola-tokyo.com/
Tel: 03-5464-1288

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