Chose Rigoletto for lunch after noticing their Roppongi Hills lobby ad featured a burger and fries. If you call yourself a Bar and Grill you better have a burger and I find ordering a basic burger is a great way to evaluate a grill for the first time.
Overall the food was good but what makes my review "very good" is the combination of the good food, a great lunch value due to several "sets" offered on the menu, and the atmosphere which offers a clean modern room and hip good looking patrons and staff, the latter providing very good service.
What I love about dining in Japan are the "sets." For those of you that have never visited Japan, many restaurants offer a "set" which consists of a main dish and then other items - usually a drink (ice tea, small glass of wine), soup, salad and maybe coffee. Sets are usually the most cost effective option, particularly for lunch. On this day I ordered several sets - the burger and a seafood pasta. We ordered a salad with grilled fish as well.
The sets arrived and the first thing to call out was that portion size was good. I mention this because as an American in Japan, used to huge American size portions, I sometimes find Japanese portions a bit disappointing (although I don't miss the huge, sweaty, wheezing Americans squeezing their obese bodies past my chair - and driving up my insurance premiums with their type II diabetes, bad backs and other issues).
Okay, exsqueeze me, back to the restaurant review:
The burger set was good and served on a great bun dusted with some granular material (corn meal maybe?). Fries were thin vs. the larger streak fries that I prefer and were not as crispy as I like. But overall a good burger. The pasta set was also was good - some kind of bi-valve shellfish, light broth. Pasta was well cooked. Nothing amazing but a good, solid pasta dish. I enjoyed a glass of ice jasmine tea and my wife had a glass of wine with her set. Note that the "glass" of wine was more like a shot glass of wine, very small.
I should note that Rigoletto offers an impressive wine cellar. In fact they walked us through it on the way to our table and I'm certain the small glass of wine was more a function of the set we ordered rather than a stingy pour.
The salad was really good. Unlike a typical entree salad you might get in the U.S. this one contained a wide variety of typical salad items (lettuce, tomato, etc.) as well as items you don't see such as broccoli, green beans, several types of mushrooms - all dressed with a light vinaigrette.
The Atmosphere & Service:
Upon entering Rigoletto you immediately notice the bar and open kitchen. The place was busy for lunch, packed with a combination of younger good looking office workers and ladies out for a nice lunch with friends. No salary man types here. The decor is light and modern, not a dark "grill" look or sports bar look. This is after all Roppongi Hills - a very swank, hip location in the heart of Roppongi - a famous area for nightlife (aimed at foreign tourists) made more popular among Japanese by the opening of the massive Roppongi Hills complex in 2003 - a super modern, super hip and expensive complex of shops, restaurants and the amazing Roppongi Hills Hyatt. The service was great. Attentive, young hip waiters and waitresses paying attention.
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