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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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Thursday, 30 December 2010

Restaurant Hiromichi Ebisu レストラン ヒロミチ恵比寿

For one of my more special one-on-one bounenkais (end of year catch-ups) I thought it would be nice to try Hiromichi in Ebisu. The chef was formerly at Chemins, Akasaka. I know this because everyone I've read on the net quotes this fact. I guess this is supposed to mean he's pretty good, because Chemins has one of those dreadfully sought after Michelin stars.

Hiromichi-san just got his own star (omedetou!) so I went along to see what the fuss was about, and I can definitely say that the star was well earned. The prices are extremely reasonable (7,500 for the dinner set) and the quality of cooking is excellent.

Little amuse of hibiscus and olive (strange combination but not unpleasant).

The big amuse of cheese puff and terrine

The butter had a seaweed thingy on it giving it a bit of saltiness - great idea.

My oysters - cold and hot

The scallop was served with a little gobou root paste.

The foie gras was beautifully cooked. I tend to prefer it with a more acidic sauce than the cream sauce here, but no complaints.

I'm not a big fan of boudin noir, but my dining partner ordered it and I had a taste. Not bad!

Fish of the Day (can't remember what it was though...)

The venison was delicious

I didn't want the banana crepe so I got a nice gooey choccy pudding instead

Banana crepes
Petits fours and fairy floss (or cotton candy to my American friends!)


Saturday, 11 December 2010

Il Figo Ingordo, Roppongi トラットリア・イル・フィーゴ・インゴルド 六本木

Of course, like any other sentient being, I love Italian food. But, without sounding like a peasant, I don't really enjoy Italian food when chefs aim for refinement and technical precision. Unlike French food (where I think the refined and poncier the better) I think Italian cuisine works best when it sticks to the basics.

Il Figo Ingordo is an Italian restaurant located in Roppongi, quite close to Roppongi Hills but on the other side of Roppongi Dori. Quite simply, it serves the most satisfying Italian food I have tasted in a very long time. There is nothing particularly sophisticated about the menu and the preparation of the food, but the ingredients are absolutely top-notch and the chef knows exactly what he's doing.

I've been there for a very enjoyable lunch and, most recently, for my company's bonenkai (end of year party). Taking into account the quality of the food and its skillful preparation the prices are more than reasonable so I just might make this one of my regulars.

The bread, especially the focaccia with Rosemary is delicious!

Take your pick of delicious fresh fish, prepared acqua pazza style, grilled or fried

The steak tartare with truffle (that blur in the pic is the waiter shaving fresh truffle on) was exceptionally good

Wild boar penne. I had this at lunch on my first visit. Very good.

Stuffed calamari (looked great but I didn't get a taste)

Shrimp taglione in squid ink. This was mine and very nice.

Fish (can't remember which, sorry).

This was the grilled pork. I didn't get a pic but my beef was AMAZING. Just the best I can remember for so long...

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Tel: 03-6447-2347