Tried a brand new restaurant in Nakameguro that specializes in kamo (duck), these ducks were from Yamagata. We went with the tasting menu set for ¥4000. Above appetizers: duck cured like ham, the soup had duck bacon in it, and the wafer sandwich aslo had duck mixed in it.
The vegetable dip was made from tomato and miso.
Duck with salt and mustard.
Tsukune (minced duck).
Mixed appetizers, the standout was the duck bacon with mustard on the right.
A friend posted about some of the better restaurants she visited recently visited and I saw one that I hadn't tried in Ebisu, Nakameguro Iguchi. It has a tasting menu and while not cheap it was worth it in my eyes. Gourmet yakitori and more.
The first starter was a bite-sized foie gras croquette.
Followed by gobo (burdock root) chawanmushi (egg custard).
Bite-sized portions of liver pate and toast.
This chicken soup needs eight hours for preparation.
The next cold dish was sweet potato salad with cheese form Hokkaido.
Grilled Caciocavallo Cheese form Italy.
A switch to shochu and grated daikon with jacko (tiny fish) and ginger for palate cleansing with the yakitori course.
The old reliable negima (chicken with leek).
Wasabi sasami (half cooked chicken), this was one of my favorites of the night.
Bonless chicken wings.
Saeseri (chikcen neck) and tsukune (minced chicken)-also a favorite.
Tapas-sized portions of heart, bonjiri (chicken tail), harumi (meat of the diaphragm), and sunagimo (gizzard). Unfortunatley they were out of liver...
The vegetable course: tomatos, zuchini, mushroom, and kaba (Japanese turnips).
The a la carte dish that is most well-known here is carbonara pasta of all things-very tasty though I must admit.
Golden Brown has two locations, Nakameguro (pictured above) and one in Omotesando Hills. I thought I'd take the time to check it out since I hadn't been yet. It's about 10 minutes down the road from the station and they make a perfectly good gourmet burger. I had the cheeseburger-you get an ample amount of fries and they have squeeze bottles for ketchup, but I woudn't say it was any better than Grill Burger Club Sasa or Sun 2 Diner, both of which are closer to the station.
I returned to Las Dos Caras at dinner time to try the variety of tacos available. We started with another original dish, Salsa Freca, which is made by hand on cart for ¥950 and ¥300 extra for the chips. It was fresh and tasty but a meager portion for the price. Also, I found out that they usually have three craft beers on tap along with their ¥500 bottled Mexican beers. There is also a seating charge at night.
As for the tacos: the two on top were crispy American beef (two for ¥420), and the following for ¥350 each-the "Canek," spicy with small shrimp, the "Santo," also known as taco al pastor, and the "Ultimo Dragon," made with mushrooms and beans. They also have the other tapas style dishes and mains that can be ordered at Muchos and La Hacienda.
Since I've been watching Treme, a TV show based in New Orleans, I've been wanting some gumbo, which I knew was on the menu at American House in Harajuku. However, it is not on the lunch menu. But jambalaya is, so I went with that. It wasn't bad, and a pretty good value at ¥1200 with soup and salad and a drink.
The highlight of my first day sampling the "Yebisu Beer X Ebisu Food" menus was at #18 Fusasuke, deep fried tuna with cheese and two dipping sauces in an izakaya atmosphere. Again very friendly staff, I want to go back and have this again.