Sync in Ebsiu, looks to be a branch of the the curry shop in Gakudaigaku on the Toyoko line. It is a healthy soup curry restaurant. I had the chicken spinach curry with salad for ¥990, the other choice was a green curry. They serve genmai rice, so I felt as though I were eating very healthy indeed.
Sougenji was built to appease the turtle-like kappa that are known to pull children off bridges and drown them. People leave cucumbers to appease these aquatic goblins who need to keep water in the bowl like dent on their heads to survive.
Monnalisa Ebisu is Taro Kawano's Micheline one starred French restaurant in the back streets of Ebisu. I decided to give lunch a try while on spring vacation. I opted for the A set lunch: with appetizer, three mains, fruit soup, dessert and coffee or tea for ¥4800.
The appetizer was a carrot and crab terrine.
The first main dish was marinated buri and presse of leek, with yuzu flavored ravigote sauce.
This was followed by gratin of scallop and spinach (this dish differs from the description on the website, which advertises a madras curry creme sauce).This was perhaps my favorite dish, which is unusual for me since I'm not a big fan of scallops, but this dish was a great combination of tastes and textures.
I chose the stewed pork shoulder and sweet potato gnocchi over the John Dorry (fish=mahi mahi).
I swear this fruit soup had pop rocks in it! Very unusual and nostalgic at once!
The dessert was an assortment of deserts like creme brulee, chocolate cake, creme puffs, ice cream (not pictured), etc. Overall, impressive and a rare treat.
The gate to Sengakuji temple near Shinagawa station, where the legendary "Loyal 47 Ronin" are buried. The loyal samurai avenged their fallen leader by raiding the castle of the chief instigator and beheaded him before committing seppuku.
Totoya is a seafood restaurant near my apartment that has only been around for a year or so, but is always very busy for lunch. In fact I had to wait in line at 12:15. There were two choices for grilled fish and one choice for sashimi for the lunch sets. I went with the grilled saba (saury pike) for ¥950. It is healthy and a good value, I'll be back.
I have been meaning to visit Artichaut, a Micheline one star French restaurant, just around the corner from my apartment. I chose a cold rainy Thursday to do so and there was a business meeting with Spaniards and one couple in the restaurant-it is a very small space, so I got lucky going without a reservation. The chef is said to have spent seven years in France working in restaurants. I ordered the B set for ¥4150, which included two appetizers, one main dish, and desert. The first dish after soup was vegetable terrine with 13 types of vegetables (pictured above). Almost too exquisite to eat, but very fresh.
The second appetizer was white asparagus with cured ham served warm (my descriptions might be poor due to the menu being written in Japanese and my lack of knowledge of French dinning staples). It was a nice contrast in flavors and textures.
The main dish was a beef dish (beef bourguignon?) garnished with vegetables, which was very flavorful.
There were several choices for desert that day, but I went with the chocolate cake with hot chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream to end a sumptuous meal. This inspires me to seek out some of the other Micheline starred restaurants in the area that I have been avoid fearing the price-lunch is almost always reasonable in Japan no matter where you dine.
36 Style is a new restaurant/bar just down the street from my apartment that has several hamburger set lunches. The cheeseburger set was less than ¥800, but barley a step up from a place like Freshmness burger.