A French bistro is not a 3 star Michelin restaurant; a bistro is a place where the food is excellent with a very friendly atmosphere and reasonably priced. That’s exactly what this place is. The Chef Philippe Baton is very often in Toranomon as he runs two other identical restaurants in Tokyo, sometimes he is not available however even when not there the staff can take care of you exactly the same way. They speak Japanese, French and English. This is my favorite French restaurant in Tokyo. The terrace in the summer is awesome. When you say French you think “Foie gras” cold (terrine) or hot (poele) it’s really good. The chef specialty is la “joue de boeuf au cumin” (beef cheeks) this thing melts in your mouth. The place is often packed for lunch so better make a reservation, in the evening many Europeans and Japanese patronize the restaurant and act is if they owned the joint, which means they really feel at home. Don’t bother trying to play sommelier! Ask which wine is best suited with the meal you ordered and they will recommend the right wine at the right price. Don't be afraid to ask for recommendations or if you don't like this or that just let them know and they will work around it. I have been there many times and have never been disappointed. Will be back again soon.
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