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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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Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Tanger, Takanawa ダンジェ 白金高輪

Tanger had been recommended to me on more than one occasion and I have to say that after visiting recently for dinner I can understand why people would find it intriguing. Firstly the building itself is quite unique - fake Tudor on the exterior but fitted out on the inside with an Islamic motif and looking out onto a pleasant courtyard garden. I would expect nothing less post-modern in central Tokyo!

The menu is also fairly interesting, offering a mix of Frenchy/ North African style dishes. It's kind of hard to pin down a definite controlling idea in the menu which comprises an eclectic assortment from foie gras to morrocan salads to quiches to cabbage rolls. Actually I have to admit that, given the name of the restaurant, I thought the menu was going to be exclusively Moroccan. I had promised my dining partner not to drag her along to yet another French restaurant, and I had a hard time convincing her that I hadn't tricked her when the waiter told us the menu was basically "French".

I ordered foie gras for my entree and duck with lentils for my main, whilst my dining partner ordered a terrine for entree and cabbage rolls for her main. The food was fairly good overall but I do have some gripes. First of all, the foie gras really was stingy - just a few scrapings of foie gras, as can be seen in the picture. For 1,500 yen I think that it's a bit rich. Also whilst the duck was tender and the lentils had been nicely simmered with lardons, I think that 2,800 yen is too much for that dish. The lentils tasted pretty much like a stew that I cook for myself at home. There's nothing wrong with that except I think for a main dish costing that much you should expect a bit more gastronomy and a bit less home cooking. The prices for my courses versus what was served really are flirting with the pretentious.

One last gripe is that when it came time to pay I found they didn't accept American Express. How on earth can a serious restaurant not accept Amex? Well of course I know why they don't, but I'm afraid that it left me with the impression that the owners really have too keen an eye on the money.

タンジェ (白金高輪)





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1 comment:

lennon said...

you are spot on. It is at least 10% overpriced, and very annoying to boot.