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L'Amitie/
Takadanobaba: French
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Takadanobaba may not
be Paris, but it
just got a little
bit closer to the
Latin Quarter with
the opening of a
charming new French
restaurant called
l'Amitie.

Small but not
cramped, this tradi-
tional, bistrot-
style restaurant
accomodates a total
of 18 diners and
offers a simple,
bright decor of
white curtains in
the window and mir-
rors on one wall
that reflect an
array of facsimile
antique French post-
cards and framed
posters. Fans of
George Brassens will
be pleased to dis-
cover that he can
always be heard
singing at an unob-
trusive volume in
the background.

Amitie offers excel-
lent, cheerful ser-
vice, and the res-
taurant is small
enough that a nod
will bring the wait-
ress to your table.
There is a reason-
able prix fixe for
lunch (1200 yen) and
dinner (2000 yen)
with over a dozen
appetizers and main
courses to choose
from.

All the food at
L'Amitie arrives
meticulously and
attractively ar-
ranged on the plate
in a way that will
momentarily stop the
conversation. The
cuisine is impec-
cably prepared and
not overseasoned,
although the food is
decidedly rich.

Among the appetiz-
ers, the Salade de
Crevettes is a sum-
mer favorite, al-
though, other dishes
are more visually
exciting. The Rata-
toille tastes just
like Maman's, but
comes chilled with a
poached egg careful-
ly balanced on top.
The Mousse de Fois
de Volaille, accom-
panied by a salad,
was both delicious
and wittily present-
ed with the mousse
moulded to the shape
and size of two fowl
eggs. In the main
courses, the Fri-
casse de Porc a la
Baie de Cassis is
remarkably tender
and served with a
well-balanced cur-
rant sauce, although
the proportion of
meat to fat (about
50-50) makes this
dish inadvisable for
dieters. The fish of
the day, salmon, was
gently sauteed and
served atop a tasty,
light cream sauce.
Both were served
with a delicious
selection of fresh
baby corn, broccoli
and creamy mashed
potatoes.

If these dishes seem
too dressed up,
l'Amitie's menu also
always offers Steak
and frittes and a
beer.

L'Amitie is worth
visiting for the
desserts alone. All
are made on the
premises, and range
from reliable stan-
dards like creme
brule to a changing
menu of refreshing,
original fruit sor-
bets. The tarte au
Abricots was not too
sweet, thanks to the
fromage blanc in its
unusually firm,
crisp crust.

A decent wine list
offers a selection
wines by the glass,
caraf or bottle,
with bottles or red
or white available
from 2500 yen to
about 5300 yen.
Champagne is also on
reserve in the re-
fridgerated Cave
European standing in
the corner. Note:
diners ordering wine
by the glass are
advised to ask for
red wine that has
not been chilled.

Perfect for a dig-
nified yet unpreten-
tious lunch or din-
ner date, l'Amitie
offers the best
traditional French
cuisine in Takadana-
ba, displacing faded
former title-holder
La Dinette. L'Amitie
is conveniently
located just less
than 5 minutes walk
from JR or Tozai
Takadanobaba sta-
tions.
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Shinjuku-ku, Taka-
danobaba 2-9-12. 
Open noon-1:30, 6-
10pm (LO). Closed
Mondays, some Tues.
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