November 9, 2012: Last full day in Tokyo! Restaurant Esquisse! Chez Tomo!
My friend Moro-san suggested we go to lunch at Restaurant Esquisse, a relatively new addition to the Ginza dining scene. It has only been open for about four months now and yet, in that short time, garnered some great word of mouth. Always up to trying something new, I booked us a table.
I arrived early and had just taken a seat at the table when I was greeted by a familiar smile. It was none other than Chef Lionel Beccat, the culinary magician who had crafted one of the most memorable meals I’ve ever had the pleasure to sit down to in Tokyo – which also happened to be my very first date with Akemi (all the details in pictures here: November 30, 2009: Tokyo Travel Day $6 – Ginza La Tour, Michel Troisgros). Back then he was at Cuisine Michel Troisgros. Today, he heads the kitchen at Restaurant Esquisse and, judging by the meal we enjoyed, he is still firing on all creative cylinders.
Our set lunch course included…
A wonderful lunch. Much thanks to Chiba-san for going above and beyond the call to make our lunch as informative as possible (even though, I’m sure, I’ve missed plenty of the details in attempting to jot them down, shorthand, on my iphone notepad). And, of course, many thanks to Chef Beccat for yet another memorable meal. I’ll definitely be back on my return visit to Tokyo.
Last night, we dined at Chez Tomo in Ginza with Akemi’s friend, Megumi. Akemi was particularly looking forward to the restaurant’s signature vegetable plate. I was dubious – but ended up pleasantly surprised. You’ll see why in a moment…
Homeward-bound today and Akemi and I are really looking forward to seeing the dogs.
14 thoughts on “November 9, 2012: Last full day in Tokyo! Restaurant Esquisse! Chez Tomo!”
I totally thought Chef Lionel was Lawren, come to meet you in Japan. 😛
It’s hard to choose my favorite of this trip’s food descriptions. It is clear from your photographs that many of the dishes not only sound wonderful, but look incredible – almost like works of art. Thanks as always for sharing. Look forward to hearing how the dogs fared in your absence. Know they will be glad to see you and Akemi.
Thanks for all the great pictures!
Safe travels, Joe and Akemi.
…..lobster brain….. after I saw that, I just could not absorb any more. The pictures look terrific, but ….lobster brains? A whole new level of different, even if it was only a single component to a larger dish. Thank you for sharing,and safe flight home.
Just like all the meals you’ve had this one looked amazing.
It was our pleasure to tag along, I can assure you. I hope you guys have a good trip back and we’ll see you on the flipside!
Joe thanks so much for letting us “tag along”. I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed reading each blog entry. They have been fun, entertaining, very interesting, colorful and sometimes beautiful. Next time, how about Italy? I’ve never been there either… 😀
Hello Van and welcome back. It was fun traveling with you. Lets do it again soon. Rest up for your next adventure! (do not get on the scales)…
I have always wanted to try sea urchin. 🙂 First time I saw it was on Iron Chef America. I believe Bobby Flay was preparing it. It looked so delicious! It must be a rare delicacy. I also can imagine it must very expensive. I dunno how I can get my hand on some seas urchin without emptying my bank account. 🙂
Let us know if you are up for a mail bag concerning your trip.
Is it groundhog day? Are you home repeating Saturday again? 😆
Wow, I’ve enjoyed all the trip descriptions, the food photos and videos these days, in lurker-mode. Glad you are both returning home, stuffed to the brim and anxious to reunite with the fuzzy pawsome. Safe journeys!
Now, on another note. My 17 yr old refrigerator is about to give out. I’m considering a different style as replacement. What does this blog’s community think about a bottom freezer style with single top door? Pros, cons?
Have enjoyed everything — *Weird Ice Cream Videos!* photos, stories, Akemi’s family, friends, SUSHI 😀 , and especially the sights & culture of Japan outside of Tokyo. It was so different, fun-loving, and boisterous-sounding. Joe, your family seems pretty laid back. Has part of your Italian family ever been like Osaka?
Hope you had a safe trip home! Did you get plastered in puppy kisses?
Have a safe trip home. 🙂
Thank you for sharing your Tokyo trip with us.
Quite funny that you met Chiba Tadashi (he was even wearing the same tie as in the November 30, 2009 entry) and Chef Lionel Beccat together again, it’s a small world after all.