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.