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“Excellent rustic French” 5 of 5 stars
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Lauburu
6-8-18 Minamiaoyama, Minato 107-0062, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3498-1314
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Ranked #312 of 6,695 Restaurants in Minato
Cuisines: French, Basque
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Singapore, Singapore
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“Excellent rustic French”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

Tucked in a side street, not far from Nishi-Azabu crossing, this is a very memorable rustic style French restaurant specialising in pork, with a long list of variations on that theme. For example I had a Basque style pate starter and for main had confit of pork shoulder with polenta. Some delicious desserts also on offer (at which point there is a break from the porcine theme). Excellent for a business dinner or special romantic occasion. Not cheap but certainly not overpriced.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Guam, Mariana Islands
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Happy as a pig in s...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

We only found this place after not been able to get a booking for my wife's B'day at any of the Joel Robuchon restaurants .....and I got to say we were most happy that we did. The food is at the other end of the of the spectrum from the many Tokyo modern French cuisine restaurants, with their rich sauces and flash garishes....Lauburu gives you very high quality ingredients that are simply cooked and to cooked perfection.
Only one michelan star? This needs reviewing....

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
“Hidden Michelin star treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

The most cozy little French/Bask restaurant with a country farmhouse decor with images of pigs all around, offers a fantastic service, wonderful atmosphere, & delicious bask style food. We've been here on numerous occasions, impressed every time!

Visited July 2012
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“Excellent traditional south-western French cuisine, well priced in a relaxed atmosphere.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012 via mobile

Let me throw it out there: the best non fancy French restaurant in Tokyo. I know, it's a bold call but let me explain why.

Being a French in Tokyo, I am always looking for authentic food in a nice place that doesn't rip you off for the sake of fanciness. This place serves you excellent mostly pork based dishes, as good as in France, in good sizes, in a nice and relaxed atmosphere and the prices are reasonable (I didn't say cheap).

Specialities:
Andouillettes (tripes sausages), escargots, pork knuckle, confit, pork steak and much more.
Price:
starter ~1000¥, main 2000~3000¥, dessert 700~900¥, wine 8000~12000¥.
Atmosphere:
relaxed, casual.
Service:
Friendly.

Some people would argue that dishes are a bit heavy. True that portions are bigger than Japanese standard, but that enables you to have a starter and dessert and share a main dish if it's too much. You can also go there during winter!

Definitely one of my favorites, I always recommend it and so far, nobody has ever been disappointed.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Highly regarded French Basque pork restaurant. Food is, indeed, very tasty, the atmosphere authentic Basque...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2008

Highly regarded French Basque pork restaurant. Food is, indeed, very tasty, the atmosphere authentic Basque countryside - relaxed, casual. Wine list is good. A bit too expensive for pork, even if it is delicious.

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