It’s Japan Restauarnt Week again and many restaurants that are usually a bit out of reach have some great deals for you to try.
With so many restaurants to choose from it was hard to decide where to go, but I ended up choosing a one-star Michelin rated place in Akasaka named Totoya Uoshin. We went during lunch and all of us got the Japan Restaurant week special for 2100yen. The fish of the day was buri (yellowtail) and they made a traditional buri daikon into a very sophisticated looking dish. Every plate came out beautifully presented and the teishoku-style meal was an elevated version of a typical everyday meal for a Japanese person. It’s nice that the rice was also all you can eat in case you’re still hungry.
The service was good and I definitely suggest you take advantage of the special offers available during Japan Restaurant week if you live in Japan or happen to be here now! It’s happening til February 11th, 2013.
Address // 1F, 5-1-34, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3585-4701
Website // http://www.uoshin.ne.jp/totoya/index.html
Artichaut is a Michelin 1-star rated restaurant in Ebisu/Hiroo area (about a 10 min walk from Ebisu station). The decor of the restaurant is lacking but the great food makes up for it. We had the 2300-yen lunch course and I chose the beautiful organic Kamakura vegetable for my starter (pictured at the top). The dish is made with more than 13 vegetables and I was very impressed with how they melded them together so perfectly — it was an art piece that was too pretty to eat. The main dish, beef bourguignon, literally melted in my mouth. The dessert was very good as well.
The restaurant is very quiet and it doesn’t have many seats so it feels a bit like everyone can hear your conversation, but if you want delicious french cuisine definitely check this place out.
Address // 2-6-29, Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3446-9747
Website // n/a