Benoit located on the 10th Floor of a commercial building named La Port alongside the UN University on Aoyama Dori of Tokyo is a real French style bistro produced by Alain Ducasse. With my wife I arrived there at 18:30 as reserved. Getting out of the lift we found a small entrance lined up with a couple of chairs for waiting to be attended. A notice said, “ Please wait here until you are attended ”. So we waited there for a few minutes but nobody came. So I stepped inside and shouted. “ Excuse me “ or rather in Japanese “ Sumimasen “. Then a waiter-like man came and guided us to upstairs where most of a good number of tables have been occupied. There it was a bit noisy but presented good atmosphere as a bistro. Waiters were moving around fast but each knew what he should do exactly like in a busy French bistro. We found our daughter and her husband who had already been sitting and as soon as we sat and even before we greeted each other a waiter came with menu and a basket of bread loaf and rapidly explained what are available with 3 menu dinners or a la carte. We chose a middle sized ( or priced ) menu by which one could choose two dishes from the first course and one from second apart from chef’s compliment and desert and coffee or tea. The wine list was not given until I asked for it. We, except my wife as usual, had a glass each of Cremant Bourdeaux with which we studied the menu very carefully. Girls decided to have salad with foie gras first which surprised us all because of its quantity. One plate looked enough for 4 persons particularly as it had to be followed by two more dishes. Boys started with pate which was too big a slice as a starter particularly as I had to have a kind of pasta before the main sea food dish. Japanese beef rump steak my wife chose with an extra charge weighted 200 g had to be left unfinished even with my help. As quantity was so excessive I would recommend to go for the smaller menu or a la carte. The taste of food was not particularly good though, I would say, reaching the level of a good bistro in France. I should not forget to mention that the loaf of bread was really good with the taste not usually obtainable in Japan. It reminded me of one I had tasted so good of Bigot in Ashiya a long time before. A bottle of Sancerres that was on the list of Restaurant Selection and I chose was really excellent in all respects, i.e.,in grass and mouth and finish. I have never tasted such a beautiful Sancerres before. Its name is La Burgeoies 2010. Pomerol Mannier de Gay 2007 selected from the normal list at a higher price was not exciting at all. Overall this restaurant provides lively atmosphere, good and efficient services and good quantity of foods. So I would certainly revisit it but, of course, for a la carte dinner without lunch immediately before.
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