Last night, I finally got around to try Code Kurkku for dinner after writing about the Yoyogi Village a few months ago. If you want to read about Yoyogi Village where this restaurant is located click here.
The design of the restaurant is stunning from the start. ‘Cool’ would be the perfect word to describe the modern design with high ceilings and lightbulbs of different lengths hanging from it.
What excited me about visiting this restaurant was the fact that the executive chef of Code kurkku is Yasuhiro Sasajima, famous for his Kyoto-Italian restaurant, Il Ghiottone. The restaurant has 3 set menus in the 5000-10.000 yen range which is pretty reasonable for Japanese standards. We chose the most extensive menu and here is what we dined on.
The first course was some mozzarella cheese in a broccoli soup.
The second course which they called the carpaccio was some sliced raw fish over bamboo shoots.
Third course : Roasted Abalone with chickpeas
Fourth course : Tomato pasta with uni and langoustine
The fifth course was my favorite : Foie gras with egg over rice.
And last but not least : The beef course.
The dessert was an espresso pannacotta which tasted absolutely delicious.
And to end things on a sweet note, some cookies to nibble on with your coffee or tea
What I found most outstanding from all the food I tasted was the lightness and freshness of it all. The pasta tasted more like soba noodles than the heavy pasta of the west and even the beef and foie gras tasted very light. Code kurkku is the perfect setting for a tasty, light and organic meal.
Yoyogi 1-28-9, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Open : Daily lunch 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (last order); cafe 2:30-4 p.m.; dinner 6-11 p.m. (last order). Bar open 6 p.m.-3 a.m. (Sunday till midnight).
Phone : +813-6300-5231