Bernache, Kita Senzoku ベルナーシュ 北千束
Bernache is a little French restaurant in a side street off the Kita Senzoku mall, not too far from Ookayama station. The chef studied for two years in Paris and worked at several French restaurants in Tokyo before opening his own place last year. The ambiance is very casual and more like a café than a restaurant. The main feature in the dining room is the huge stainless steel kitchen, which focuses one's thoughts on the cooking.
On a recent visit for Sunday lunch, my dining partner and I were the only people in the restaurant. That's a great pity as the food is very good. Starting at 2,500 yen you can order a lunch set that includes an entrée, main, dessert and coffee. After sampling a delightful glass of Crémant de Bourgogne, I started lunch with a smoked goose salad topped with poached egg.
The goose meat was nice and smoky and went well with the runny egg. For my main I had the lamb which came with spinach, mash and ratatouille. The meat itself was well done but absolutely tender (excellent!) and the accompaniments first class. Dessert, which was selected at the discretion of the chef, was a crème brûlée, which went down very easily.
If you're in the area I'd really encourage you to support this young chef and his helper who worked hard and modestly to make our lunch a happy one, and I'm sure would do the same for you.