Restaurants & Bars 3

L'Atelier Joel Rubuchon / Tokyo

ErikaK | Apr 24, 200605:52 PM

After deciding that 250Y for teppanyaki Kobe beef was not really that worth it, we chose this restaurant in Roppongi.... it is a brasserie type, with casual bar seating and no reservations. They offered the standard fare - steak frites, tartar, charcuterie, seafoods. We chose the tasting menu and were not disappointed -

Amuse – foam of tomatoes and foam of peppers… ok, weird but really excellent and correct flavors, very vibrant. I still think foam is bogus.

Starters – Mr had pate – veal, fois gras & pistachio in a brioche with balsamic – rustic and very nice. I had le crabe –a 'napoleon' with apples and avocado, a gallette, and some crayfish mousse. So far so good!

Next course- Mr had scallops with a green pea coulis and cream and I had an egg suspension – poached egg in what was like mushroom soup foam with a parsley coulis. it was a suprising texture and I really enjoyed it much more than I expected to.

Main – Mr had le pigeon or as we say in America, squab. Very good, complete with the liver. I had the extra Fois Gras upgrade (come on it will be illegal in CA in a year I have to eat it every chance I get!) and it was truly sublime. All perfectly matched with a Coindreau of Mr’s choosing.

We then continued with some calvados, some cheese and light dessert (sorbet and fromage blanc with raspberries).
The sorbet and fromage blanc are house made, the pastries also looked fabulous...

What a great meal – rivals some that we have had in LA for sure….. and the price was right as well. You have to love the exchange rate of 118Y/1USD!

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