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Roppongi Nouen/
Roppongi: Japanese
₯3405-0684
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Sustainable cuisine
is the core philoso-
phy and mission
statement of this
farm-focused restau-
rant in the heart of
Roppongi. The menu
offers a good selec-
tion of organic sake
and wine, and dishes
are made with organ-
ic ingredients, some
of them grown in the
restaurant's own
backyard garden. The
food is generally
very good - origi-
nal, creative, and
quite appetizing -
and while the over-
all dining experi-
ence can be uneven,
the quality of the
food is worth re-
turning for.

Unless you're either
very indecisive or
very hungry, order-
ing a la carte might
be a better option
than the rather
filling prix-fixe
menus, at least
giving you a chance
to try more differ-
ent dishes. Recom-
mended starters
include the delect-
able "one-spoon uni"
with fresh tomato
gelee, and the ca-
prese salad, made
here with domestic
mozzerella, sun-
dried tomatoes and
spicy nuts.

The Farmers' Welcome
Vegetable Platter is
also a fun way to
launch a meal - an
ample selection of
very fresh vegeta-
bles sourced from
various partner
farms, served with a
sublime white-miso
warm dipping sauce.

The presentation
here is artistic and
often quite imagina-
tive - for example
an asparagus-risotto
dish is styled to
resemble a bird's
nest (and topped
with a poached egg),
while the Vegetable
Platter is served on
a bed of panko,
okara and coconut
flakes, and comes
equipped with tiny
farm-style rakes.
The excellent roast
pork was served on a
rustic-looking black
platter with a side
of color-contrasting
greens and a tiny
dish of sea salt.

The drinks list
includes some nicely
chosen sake from
smaller craft brew-
eries, and these
might be a better
option than the
organic wines, un-
less you happen to
see something you
know and really
like.

Seating is spread
out over several
areas with very
different atmos-
pheres - a grotto-
like basement with a
private dining room,
a nicely decorated
main floor (with a
small bar area), an
outdoor "yard" area,
and a mysterious
"farm" zone com-
prised of four
greenhouse-like
rooms encased in
plastic sheeting
plus eight glass-
enclosed cube-like
towers where vegeta-
bles are grown.

Budget around Y6000
or so for dinner
with drinks, with
lunches priced from
Y1500. No lunch on
Mondays.
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Minato-ku, Roppon-
gi 6-6-15.  Open
noon-3, 6-10:30pm
(LO) daily.
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