Today was a beautiful late summer day in Tokyo. The sun was shinning and the breeze has the cooling feel of autumn on it. All in all a perfect day for sitting outside and having a couple of beers watching the afternoon slowly turn to dusk. Unfortunately given that this was a Tuesday and not one of the many public holidays that September in Tokyo gives us, our options were limited to a dry lunch, which hopefully would not take longer than an hour.
So off we walked. We walked down the road, turned up another road we had not explored much and saw a nice looking old Japanese building. And just as the warm sun and cooling breezes had foreshadowed, today was to be a good day (at least in terms of lunch).
The food: Only three choices on the lunch menu; yakitori-don, oyako-don and fried chicken in a mustard sauce, of which the yakitori-don was sold out. I like this, a restaurant that specialises in one thing, in this case chicken, knows its thing and does it well. Simplicity at its best, no attempts to match foods, which don’t match, no attempts to show off, nothing fancy, just the basics done well. So simple, but so many places forget this basic principle. We all went for the fried chicken and it was done perfectly, crisp freshly cooked flavoursome thigh meat with a tangy, but not over-powering mustard sauce. It was accompanied by refreshing shredded vegetable salad, which went every well with the fried dish, a subtle light chicken based clear soup and very good rice. Perfect. 35 points.
The price: 1,000 yen for a very tasty lunch in a nice location – can’t complain. 8 points.
The volume: There was a fair amount of chicken and plenty of rice. So much so that Harry left some of the chicken, which RB promptly devoured before wondering whether he could get any more rice. 12 points.
The extras: The soup, which was very tasty and a small serving of pickles (too overloaded with takuan for my taste). 8 points.
Bonus: Lovely old building that centred around a courtyard with a very lush garden. What made it even better was instead of a perfectly manicured Japanese garden that one would expect in an area where a pin head worth of land is probably worth more than all the land in a medium sized city back in God’s Own, the garden was a rather overgrown unkempt affair. I kind of liked it, it even gave us a conversation point. 15 points.
The details: 4-3-29 Akasaka, Minato-ku
Phone 03 5575 7433