{  Oreno Italian Jazz  }

Oreno Italian Jazz - 俺のイタリアンJazz
Oreno Italian Jazz - 俺のイタリアンJazz
Oreno Italian Jazz - 俺のイタリアンJazz
Oreno Italian Jazz - 俺のイタリアンJazz
Oreno Italian Jazz - 俺のイタリアンJazz

If you haven’t heard of the “Oreno Italian”, “Oreno French”, aka “Oreno” series, you might be missing out on one of the most popular casual restaurant dinning sensations in Japan right now.

The concept of this restaurant is to serve top notch food with high quality ingredients for an incredible price. The lead chef and owner, Toshihiro Yamaura, used to work for a 3-star Michelin rated restaurant and then decided to open his own idea of serving beautiful and tasty food for an affordable price so he hired fellow talented chefs and got it started. What’s the catch? There’s a two hour time limit and you have to stand through your dinner. The restaurant is barely making money on the cost of the food itself, but by enforcing the time limits they can get through 4 rounds of service and serve 160 people in the restaurant per day. When standing and eating, people will naturally leave before their 2-hour time limit and the service keeps on schedule. There is a limited number of sit down tables but it’s incredibly difficult to make a reservation. I think the best way to make reservation is to just go to the restaurant and ask for one at the location itself but keep in mind that you can only make a reservation up to a month in advance.

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{  Recent Repeats  }

Recent Repeats
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Went to back to ‘Bills’ to get their famous Ricotta Cheese Pancakes but went to the Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku location instead of their original Shichirigahama location. Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku just had their 1 year anniversary and their rooftop garden is currently decorated beautifully with lots of spring flowers and a fun circus theme. It was lovely sitting outside on their terrace seating overlooking the rooftop garden while having some pancakes with a latte ♡

Original post on Bills:
http://www.tokyoeats.jp/bills-shichirigahama/

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Such satisfying meal at Ondoru… My favorite Korean restaurant in town. Aside from their samgyeopsal, the Nira-chijimi is highly recommended.

Original post on Ondoru:
http://www.tokyoeats.jp/ondoru/

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Had a nice time catching up with some friends at IDEE Cafe Parc. Love the terrace seating looking over Roppongi Midtown.

Original post on IDEE CAFE PARC:
http://www.tokyoeats.jp/idee-cafe-parc/

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Went back to Knock for some Italian food with friends.

Original post on Cucina Buona Italiana Knock:
http://www.tokyoeats.jp/cucina-buona-italiana-knock/

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{  Trattoria Il Figo Ingordo  }

Trattoria Il Figo Ingordo
Trattoria Il Figo Ingordo
Trattoria Il Figo Ingordo
Trattoria Il Figo Ingordo
Trattoria Il Figo Ingordo

A solid choice for great Italian food. Even though this restaurant is located on a random street in Roppongi, this place is quite popular and we noticed many people made reservations even for lunch. Perhaps it’s because the cost performance/price for the quality and amount you get is quite good.

For 1400yen, their set includes your choice between 5 handmade pasta dishes, a plate of all you can fit starters (you can’t go back to get more so try to put as much as you want the first round), a bread basket with a variety of breads, and a choice of multiple selections of coffees and teas (including a cappuccino or latte which is a bit rare). I was very satisfied with my meal and was not surprised as at all this place is so happening. If you want authentic good quality Italian, come here.

Address // 7-19-1, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6447-2347
Website // http://www.figo-ingordo.jp/

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{  Nicolas  }

Nicolas
Nicolas
Nicolas
Nicolas
Nicolas

I’m not really into parfaits but I had the most beautiful and delicious Sakura parfait (9ooyen) from this cafe in Sangenjaya. Apparently it’s a seasonal dish which changes every month so you may not be able to try this exact one, but they are famous for their impeccable parfaits. The one I had was more Japanese style and it wasn’t too sweet but still sweet enough with a great texture. It was full of surprises from beginning to the end and I loved every bite of it.

This cafe opens at 2pm which is a little weird and they only have one menu item for lunch, the pasta lunch for 1200yen which includes a bite size dessert and coffee or tea. The pasta was also delicious so it seems the chef has been trained well. On the negative side, one of the waitress had a bit of a strange attitude which made the service feel below the typical Japanese standard level. Also, it’s a small cafe located in a regular residential building, so they won’t allow customers to wait for an opening if the restaurant is full. Despite the obscure location, it seems to be quite popular since we saw many customers turned away who were even willing to wait. Thankfully we arrived a little before they opened so we were seated with no issues. With that in mind, I recommend coming early or making a reservation if you want to dine here.

Address // 4-28-10, Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6804-0425
Website // http://www.nicolasnicolas.com

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{  Panino Vino  }

Panino Vino
Panino Vino
Panino Vino
Panino Vino

Opened on December 25th, 2012 in Omotesando, this cafe/restaurant serves tasty panini’s. From the spacious terrace seating to the entrance way, chairs, beautiful tiled floors, wood ceiling and the nice bathroom, you can tell there was an excellent designer behind this place and no expense was spared. It’s hard to imagine how much all of these details cost but it’s not just beautiful, it’s also cozy. We visited this place on a weekend and they have a different menu than during weekdays (as most places in Japan do).

They give you a choice between two options for the bread on each panini you order, Focaccia or Ciabatta. We ordered the clam chowder (500yen) and the “Salsiccia Verdure Panini” which includes Italian sausage, grilled vegetables, lettuce, rucola and spicy salsa sauce for 1200yen on Ciabatta bread — mmmmmm! We also ordered the “Pollo lattuga Panini” which comes with smoked chicken, lettuce, rucola, and tartar egg on focaccia bread for 850yen. The clam chowder was more watery and different from what we expected but both of the panini’s had such fresh vegetables and ingredients with tasty bread so we enjoyed both of them. The service was also very good. We actually had to wait about 5 minutes before we got seated and they served us free tea. Definitely gets some brownie points for that ;)

PS: Panino Vino is owned by the same owner as AW Kitchen.

Address // 4-5-12, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-5772-2896
Website // http://www.eat-walk.com/panino_vino/

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