At Tokyo’s Hippest New Restaurant

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FOOD: at Tokyo’s hippest new restaurant

Shortly after being voted restaurant of the year by Monocle magazine in 2016, Tokyo’s Beard restaurant closed its doors for good, much to the dismay of dedicated local patrons. But the good news is chef Shinichiro Harakawa has launched a new venture, teaming up with Jerome Waag, former head chef at Chez Panisse in California to create The Blind Donkey.

Sitting cheek by jowl with the brash drinking holes that surround Kanda Station, The Blind Donkey ‘s understated glass frontage and tranquil interior is a bit of a neighbourhood anomaly. But despite its unlikely setting, the popular new restaurant is true to its farm-to-table philosophy, serving up fresh, uncomplicated dishes made using seasonal ingredients sourced from local producers. Hugely influenced by Californian food activist Alice Waters, Harakawa and Waag hope to excite Tokyo’s inner city with their unique brand of environmentally-focussed cooking.

The leisurely tasting menu will set you back ¥8000, whilst those wanting to dip in and dip out can make their way through the menu of delicious bar snacks whilst sinking a drink or two.

Images: Tabelog.com

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