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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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Saturday, 28 June 2008

Manoir Brasserie, Hiroo マノワ 広尾

If the Manoir Brasserie was not located in the ground floor of a tiled apartment block at the end of a path lined with bamboo trees, you could almost imagine you were in the dining room of a French manor where the lord had also conveniently added a bar and counter for paying guests. Completing the atmosphere is a stag's head which is almost unmentionably kitsch but charming nonetheless.

I recently went there with a dining trio and found the experience quite pleasant. For 5,500 yen per head we ordered the "Menu Degustation". It's not as ultra-gourmet as what one would expect when a menu is called "degustation" - it's more of a bog standard entree, soup, main and dessert set (but I agree I am sounding overly critical). Before getting stuck into this we ordered a glass of sparkling wine from Burgundy which, even though it was made of a blend of 30% Pinot Noir and 70% Chardonnay (two of the main constituents of Champers, the other being Pinot Meunier), I have to report tasted quite different and not quite as exciting as the produce of my beloved Champagne. Perhaps there is something in the French concept of terroir. About wine, I am like what many people say they are regarding art - I don't know much about it but I know what I like. I hope to become more knowledgeable about wine so that I can write about this with more authority in future...

Back to the food. The first course was a medley of fruits de mer comprising of an oyster, a raw prawn with its caviar attached (what do you call a girl-prawn?) and some succulent crab. The oyster was perfect - fresh, not slimy and still tasting of the sea. I don't know how so many people cannot like oysters! The crab was also delicious, and went nicely with the three accompanying sauces that were also served on the side. I can't say that I really like uncooked prawns, and the eggs didn't really have much taste at all (even though they looked impressive) so I have to confirm myself unmoved in my raw prawn prejudice.

The first course was followed by a pleasant potage which soon made way for a main dish of venison. I don't usually eat venison, but my friend on the wall kind of convinced me. This venison was nicely cooked but I felt, and one of my party agreed, that it lacked taste - even though the red wine and vinegar sauce was good. The luckier member of our party ordered a Provençal chicken hot pot, which looked great and was served with a side of couscous. I love dining with women because they can never finish their meals, and thus I was the beneficiary of this course as well.

Dessert was a pleasant ice cream nougat followed by coffee. All in all I rather liked Manoir. The service was reasonably friendly and the general ambiance is pleasant. I'd give it a go if you're in the area and you are looking for a nice meal that won't break the bank.

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Tel: 03-3446-8288


Anonymous said...

Interesting "kakurega (hideaway)" restaurant. This place would hardly be noticeable if it were not for its menu board on the street.

Noel said...

Thanks for your blog, I really enjoyed dinner at this restaurant. I went there on 11th of February as business dinner. For 8,500 yen per head we ordered "Menu Gourmand". The service was nice and the general ambiance was also pleasant. I absolutely agree with your judge of the class "Premium Economy". Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your blog, I really enjoyed dinner at this restaurant. I went there on 11th of February as business dinner. For 8,500 yen per head we ordered "Menu Gourmand". The service was nice and the general ambiance was also pleasant. I absolutely agree your judge of the class "Premium Economy" Thank you!