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“French restaurant with a Japanese touch” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hortensia

Hortensia
3-6-2 Azabujuban | B1, Minato, Tokyo Prefecture 106-0045, Japan
+81 3-5419-8455
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Ranked #135 of 6,390 restaurants in Minato
Price range: $119 - $178
Cuisines: French
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Rio de Janeiro
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“French restaurant with a Japanese touch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

This is a French restaurant with a Japanese touch. The menu has three categories -- appetizers, mains, and desserts -- and the diner can choose any four dishes, even four mains. We chose two appetizers, a main, and a dessert. The first appetizer was ‘zuwai’ crab and mushroom ravioli, prepared al dente, with a lobster cream sauce that was so delicious that I scraped up the left-over sauce from the plate with the knife when nobody seemed to be looking. The second appetizer was pan-fried foie-gras and scallop with a subtle mango sauce that was simply beyond belief. For a main I had Japanese beef, a sort of top sirloin known as ‘ichibo’, served with a few tiny bits of vegetables. The beef, done medium rare as we had ordered it, was meltingly tender. It came with a ginger soy sauce that, unfortunately, seemed to overpower the beef. My partner has roasted flounder with a very tasty citrus sauce, flavored with bottarga, a type of salt dried roe. The desert was surprising: a sort of thin shell that revealed an espresso flavored powder when broken open on top of mascarpone mousse. The desert was perhaps less sweet than one would expect by western standards. The lunch menu is very reasonably priced at around US $60, but the wine can easily cost twice that amount. The service is excellent.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
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“Luxurious French Lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012

If you want a very fancy but genuine French cuisine, you must try this place. I read about it in the New York Times. I asked my Japanese friend to make a reservation for us. Don't worry the wait staff speaks English well. One chooses 4 items from the appetizers, main dishes and dessert. Coffee and tea are included. There are many choices in each category. By the way, make sure that you get a copy of the map area in Azabu-Juban area. It's in the B1F.
We had the scallops, John Dory, asparagus, eel, fruit tart and short cake( so divine). The set price was 4,700 yen and well worth it. Make a reservation, please.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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