Andy P. | Feb 14, 200312:28 PM     4

Hey Chowhounds,

I've now had a couple of great meals at this little hole in the wall Italian place in Meguro.

The place has seats about 20 -30 people. Dark interior, very romantic.

Last week, my date and I went in, and there were only three other people in the place. By chance, the staff seated us next to the only other foreigner in the establishment, who happened to be a buddy of mine, just in there for some wine. He was ready to leave, and gave us the rest of his bottle. Don't remember the name of this red (suprise, suprise), but it was a great table wine. The waitress was very happy to bring us a couple of glasses so we could finish his bottle. We then ordered one for ourselves. It was the "special" of the day, and at 1900 yen for the bottle, an absolute bargain!

We started with the ceasar salad. Very fresh romaine hearts, and the dressing wasn't skimping on the anchovies. Nice shavings of parmigiano-reggiano on top of the salad. A great rendition of this Tiajuana classic in Tokyo.

Followed the salad with some oysters on the half shell. They are severed with about an 1/8 of a teaspoon of a garlic/basil mixture at the far end of the shell, so when you slurp it down, the last thing to hit you is this mellow garlic mixture. Cool, and very romantic. Watching the looks of gustatory revelation on my date's face made these worth the entire dinner!

Keeping on with the shellfish theme, we ordered the scallops appetizer. Grilled scallops, placed back on the shell, and surrounded with a nice relish of marinated onions,peppers,and herbs. While the scallops were extremely flavorful, and the accompanying relish really complimented them, at 600 yen for 1 scallop, this was a bit pricy (we ordered 2).

We then shared the daily special, which was "breaded grilled whitefish with tomato ragu". We were about to order something else, but this local guy who was heading out the door stopped, came over to our table, and recommended this dish. We were so glad that he did...

What we got was about an 8 oz. piece of, I believe halibut, grilled to perfection, set on an amazingly subtlely spiced ragu, and topped with hot, seasoned breadcrumbs. This was the dish that actually made me stop staring into my date's eyes, and concentrate on what I was eating. An amazing presentation, with 3 simple, yet beautifully executed, elements.

After all of this, the staff brought us a very simple pizza, (a "mistake" from the kitchen, and on the house). Painfully thin, crispy crust, great smattering of very good tomato sauce, garlic, and basil, and the perfect amount of mozarella melted on top.

Total bill (including the wine, excluding pizza) 5800 yen.

Great meal, great company, great chowing!

In Vino Veritas
On Meguro Dori, 40-50 yards towards Yamate Dori, away from Motokeibajo, on the north side of the street. (Across the street from the Tokyu Store).


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