Le Rond Point, Minami Azabu ル・ロンポワン 南麻布

Le Rond Point is a tiny restaurant located directly opposite the US Defence Force's Sanno Hotel near Tengenjibashi and Hiroo. Just as access to the Sanno hotel is restricted to those with a passport and a good reason, access to Le Rond Point is only possible via means of an advance booking. I recently tried Le Rond Point for lunch with a colleague and found it to be possibly the ideal place for a quiet business lunch. It's ideal because the food is of a good standard and because the restaurant is so small you may as often as not find yourselves the only people in the place. We took the basic lunch set comprising of an entree and main with coffee charged additionally which will set you back around 2,300 yen. It's not cheap but the quality and thought in the cooking is easy to see; and furthermore you would hardly take someone to a 1,000 yen joint unless they're a very close colleague. We started off with some delicious homemade wholemeal bread rolls.

Then the entrees came. I ordered a beetroot potage and my dining partner ordered a carpaccio of snapper. My beetroot potage was creamy and fresh with a (not-tinned) slice of beetroot which had a slightly earthy but not unpleasant flavour. My dining partner's carpaccio was tender and delicious with a mustard sauce. For the main I ordered pork cooked in beer, which was tender, juicy and huge for lunch on a hot day! My more sensible dining partner ordered the kinmedai (Golden Eyed Bream) which was also very tasty. We were too full for dessert, I suspect to the disappointment of the slightly gruff multi-tasked chef/waiter who basically takes your order then goes and makes it in the open kitchen right in front of you.

I would be happy to recommend Le Rond Point for a more intimate meal centered on business or pleasure.

ル・ロンポワン (南麻布)






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