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šAllt Gott/
Kichijoji: Swedish
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If you're looking
for the best rein-
deer steak in Tokyo,
your search is over.
Allt Gott in Kichi-
joji serves up high-
level Swedish cui-
sine, made from
traditional ingre-
dients but prepared
with a light, modern
cooking style. And
thanks to its off-
the-beaten-track
location, the prices
here are much lower
than you might ex-
pect for food of
this quality.

The talented young
chef here, Yaguchi-
san, manned the
kitchen in the popu-
lar Gamlastan res-
taurant on the south
side of Kichijoji
station, and when
Gamlastan's owner
picked up and moved
to Nagano-ken in
2003 Chef Yaguchi
opened his own place
here in the back
streets behind Tokyu
department store.
The second-floor
dining room is
pleasantly spacious
and airy, with un-
pretentious decor.
Sixties easy-listen-
ing music and light
jazz play in the
background. Service
is prompt and effi-
cient.

The food menu covers
a range of Scandina-
vian standards, with
a special emphasis
on seafood. The cold
appetizers start
with boiled ama-ebi
(Northern shrimp),
seasoned very simply
with dill and lemon
to better bring out
the fresh flavors of
the shrimp itself.
The cold avocado
salad is much more
elaborate - basical-
ly a Scandinavian
guacamole w/ diced
shrimp and plenty of
herbs, served in a
hollowed-out avocado
shell.

It's hard to resist
good Swedish meat-
balls (from the warm
appetizers section),
and the ones here
are very tasty.
Again, they're nice-
ly herb-infused and
served with a thicky
gravy full of mush-
rooms, plus a small
dish of tangy lin-
gonberry jam for
contrast. They're a
good buildup to the
reindeer steaks -
two fillet steaks
(just large enough
to share between two
people) served with
a rich dark-cherry
sauce and intensely
creamy mashed pota-
toes, with just a
sliver of toasted
lotus root topping
things off. The meat
was very tender and
pleasantly gamey,
beautifully grilled
with lightly charred
edges and a juicy
center.

Other a la carte
choices include
venison, chicken,
lots of fish (in-
cluding smoked sal-
mon), and Scandina-
vian cheeses. If you
hate making choices,
prix-fixe dinners
start at Y3500, with
lunches running from
Y1500-3500. There's
a big dessert tray,
and the Allt Gott-
style chocolate cake
is highly recom-
mended. It's moist
but not overly rich,
enlivened with a
splash of vodka and
topped by a layer of
good solid choco-
late, and served
with whipped cream
and cherries on the
side.

The wine list is
small but service-
able and attractive-
ly priced (Y3000-
6000); we found a
nice solid Rioja
(Y3600) that went
well with just about
everything on the
menu. For a real
Scandinavian end to
the meal, there's
vodka and a choice
of three different
aquavits (the Aal-
borg is our favor-
ite), all served
nice and frosty,
straight from the
freezer.
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Musashino-shi,
Kichijoji Honcho 2-
28-1, Shibata Bldg.
2F. [walking from
the station, turn
left at the street
just past Tokyu
department store -
it's called Taisho-
dori - and walk
about 250 meters or
around 4 blocks;
Allt Gott is on the
right-hand side]
 Open 11:30am-2,
6-9:30pm. Closed
Mondays.
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