Sunday, November 23, 2008

Tokyo - Eataly

Daikanyama is one of the trendiest places to see and be seen at in Tokyo, lined with cafes, restaurants and unique/high-end retail stores (where I managed to buy a pair of "Japan only" silver and gold Onitsuka Tiger sneakers!).

It was therefore not unusual to find Eataly - a large complex dedicated to food and beverage (largely wines). As it name suggests, it has some of the best produce from Italy. Eataly boasts a comprehensive Italian food mart, comprehensive wine cellar, a cafe, deli, and high end 40-cover restaurant. Of course, where it all starts, a cooking school to boot!

We found ourselves drawn to the deli for lunch before we started our Daikanyama foray, and was very impressed to find quality which one might only find in Italy. The limited pasta and pizza menu didn't have to be expanded. It was great as it was!

The linguini pesto was fragrant from the fresh basil it was ground from and a suitable amount of freshly grated parmesan added to the flavour of the firm-bite of the pasta. The addition of potato cubes was also excellent, since the tuber absorbed the taste of the pesto well.

The veal ravioli was also very good, with generous shredded veal in the pasta pockets. Lightly tossed in a truffle oil, it was simplicity at its best.

Given the comprehensive selection of cured meats and cheeses in the store, it was no wonder that the pizza with parma ham, arugula, and parmesan was one of the best we've had. And the thin but slightly chewy pizza base was perfect.

An enjoyable meal and great atmosphere seated within the wine section to enjoy a wet trendy Tokyo afternoon.
150-0034Tokyo-to, Shibuya-ku, Daikanyamachiyou 20-23
Tokyo, Japan
Tel. +81 (0)3-5784-2736

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