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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.

ブラッスリ・マノワ (広尾)

もしブラッスリ・マノワがタイルで敷き詰められた廊下の奥に竹林と一緒に軒を連ねていなければ、誰もがフランスの邸宅にあるダイニングルームを思い浮かべることができただろう。ここには、オーナーの気の利くところなのか、バーやカウンターがあり、お酒だけを堪能することも出来る。壁には、雄ジカの頭がすこし場に合っていないような気がするが、チャーミングでもある。

ここへは、友達3人と食事をして非常にいい印象を受けた。ひとり5,500円のデギスタシオン。デギスタシオンといえば決して美食ではなく、どちらかと言えば大衆食堂の料理に近いもので前菜にスープ、メインとデザートとあるものの形ばかりである。(こうして書くとぐちばかりこぼしているように思わるかもしれないが許して欲しい。)話を前に進めせよう。前菜の前にバーガンディのスパークリングワインを用意してもらった。本来、バーガンディと言えば、ピノ・ノワール(あるいはピノ・ムニエ)とシャルドネが7対1でミックスされて作られているものだか、味に何かが違うような気がした。もしかするとフランス人の考えだした新種のテロワールかも知れない。世間では、ワインは芸術だという。私もこの意見には賛成だが、これ以上のことはワインへの知識が少ないため何とも言えない。もう少し勉強したら、このブログでもワインのことをもっと紹介できればと思う。

さて、食事のことに話をもどそう。最初にだされたのは、オイスターにくるま海老と蟹。くるま海老は卵がはらんでおり、蟹には肉汁がたっぷりふくまれていた。オイスターは新鮮でぬるぬるした舌ざわりはないにもかかわらず、少し海の塩からい味が残っていてとても美味しかった。この味が嫌いな人はたくさんいるが私は大変好きである。蟹は一緒に用意された3つのソースとよく合い大変美味しく頂いた。そもそも生のくるま海老をあまり好んで食べない私にはこの海老は見た目ほど美味しくなく、卵もさほど味がなかった。

次に出されたものは、ポタージュスープとシカの肉。普段はあまりシカの肉を好んで食べないが、食事仲間につられて試みることにした。肉はお酢と赤ワインを使ってよく調理されていたが、残念なことにこれも味が物足りないような気がしてならなかった。私たちの中で唯一南仏プロバンス風味の鶏肉のホットポットを選んだ仲間がある。彼女に限らず女性と食事をするというのは大変うれしい。なぜかというと、女性はかならずコースを食べ切れず、それを私が堪能できるからだ。
デザートはヌガーのアイスクリームとコーヒーを用意していただいた。すべて食べた後のブラッスリ・マノワへの私の感想は悪くはない。サービスもフレンドリーでよく、レストランの雰囲気もよかった。広尾付近でレストランを探しているなら、このレストランはお勧めである。また予算的にも魅力的だ。

http://manoir-brasserie.com/
Tel: 03-3446-8288

3 comments:

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!