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Lauburu in Aoyama, Tokyo

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Lauburu in Aoyama, Tokyo

Rachel M. | May 12, 2002 11:29 PM

Having discovered a restaurant advertising itself as Basque cuisine, Robb S. and I felt compelled to check it out last Saturday (not often you get to have Basque food here in Tokyo!).

Lauburu is down a little alleyway off Kotto-dori, an easy spot to miss the first time around (Robb got rather lost). Despite the odd location, and despite having just opened a month ago, the restaurant was about 70% full on Saturday night, although it seemed like an early crowd. (We were the last table in at 7:30pm, and the last table out.) Decor is pretty simple, with pig figurines and motifs all around, and an actual charcoal grilling station in the back.

We started off with a salad with warm goat cheese and a Basque-style terrine. Both were very simple, and very nicely done. I know the goat cheese thing is a bit cliched, but it was very good cheese, and a very nice salad by Tokyo standards. For mains, Robb had a confit of pig's leg--it really was a leg! I had what I guess I'd describe as a very thick pork chop, with new potatoes on the side. Again, nothing fancy, but very nicely done, and huge volume.

About 85% of the menu is pork-based, I'd guess, although there were also a few other options--rabbit, duck, and fish. They had blood sausage as a main, as well, but we didn't get around to checking that out.

With a bottle of wine, some cheese for Robb, and a rice pudding for me (had to order it as you NEVER see rice pudding here), the tab came to 15,000 yen. For the quality and volume of food, I think it's pretty reasonable.

To sum up: if you're in the mood for a large plate of pork in Tokyo that has not been deep-fried, this is the place for you.

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