1-15-7 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
The name apparently means “the cut cabbage”, the venue consists of a small basement area and another small counter area on the ground floor. The location is in a district infested by “Yodobashi Camera” (ヨドバシカメラ) buildings – not that I mind Yodobashi, but it did feel a bit like a cancer growth spreading out from the main building.
We had four courses: entrée, soup, main course and desert. The portions were modest but quite well made. Bread was served freely together with an interesting milky butter. The dishes, excepting the soup, were fairly unique; in particular it was the first time I’ve had quail in Tokyo. For desert we had an assortment of nice and interesting flavors, though nothing very much out of the ordinary.
Our waiter was an older Japanese guy with a very peculiar sense of humor that led me to believe he must have practiced to act French, although possibly it was just general OYAJI-ness (a Japanese eccentric old coot). When I requested to have my desert exchanged for a glass of Cointreau, his first response was to be Japanese about it, but after a few moments (calculating the numbers I guess) he relented.
The wine wasn’t bad but nothing out of the ordinary and a bit on the expensive side. At the end the bill landed on about 6200 yen/person which felt quite worth it, all things considered.