AW kitchen (中目黒)

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060122 079.jpg3 girls dining out. First I completely forgot to bring the restaurant’s address and the map, and then a friend completely forgot about the time because she was busy cleaning her room at home…..and then the other friend, who was not late and did remember to write down the address, copied the address wrong and we got completely lost….^^;;….but somehow we got ourselves there in one piece. I had Sangria(not shown) and Grapefruit Vermouth(rosso) which is a herb liqueur. Both were very nice. Ginger ale had fresh ginger taste and was surprisingly good too.

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Pork rillette and squid ink baguette. Came without ordering, 500yen per person. My friend said the rillette tasted like canned sea chicken….err….^^;;;
Mixed grilled vegetables of the day. The waitor was very insistent, to the point of annoying, on recommending us this other fresh salad and dips, but I don’t like raw vegetables so we ordered grilled veggy instead. The vegetables were fresh and sweet. It came with 2 types of warm dressings and some flavoured salt.

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We ordered 4 different types of pasta and shared between 3 of us. The restaurant beefed up the portion of each dish(with a plus charge), and divided the pasta for us and served us one dish by one dish, which was just great. The photos are my share.
100% fruit tomato Troffie Arrabbiata. The very pushy waitor was again recommending this simple pasta and at first we didn’t want it and ordered something else, but he mentioned it again and again, saying stuff like “You are not ordering the Arrabbiata?” I totally gave up and my friends were laughing, so we ordered it at the end. Well, it was very good….hate to admit it. ^^;; I like the noodles shape and the chewy texture.
Conchigliette and 5 clams, escargot butter sauce. Again very very yummy! Not sure I tasted any escargot though.

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Black pepper garganelli with andeuillette and black cabbage. The pasta was a bit out of shape, not so shell-like, but tasted wonderful. There were more meat and vegetables than pasta…a bit more pasta would be more balanced.
Stewed wild boar with spinach tortellini of ricotta cheese and walnut. The sauce was rich, a bit salty and again lots of meat and mushroom and purple potato chips…but the only two tortellinis were no good….We came to a consensus that normal spaghetti would go better with the sauce.
They seemed to be very generous with the ingredients and the sauce, but rather stingy on the pasta…..girl-oriented low-carb style?

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Strawberry panna cotta and “yuzu” baked cheese cake. I love the panna cotta!
We had 2 drinks each, and the bill came to 20,000yen. It was quite expensive, considering we didn’t even order any meat dishes. But this area is like all trendy and hip, probably that’s why?

AW kitchen

9 thoughts on “AW kitchen (中目黒)

  1. yeah, nakameguro is hip, I love the area!^-^
    btw, are you switching to english for this blog these days? ^0^

  2. I like that now in English, the entries are more personal and there’s always mood and funny stories that goes with the food.
    Squid ink baguette! WOW! Taste any squid ink? The pasta all look very small but that’s probably a lot of carb already. ^^;; Yeah pushy waiter is annoying, as if being told your choice sucks and what’s better for you (worst if his pick turns out suck)

  3. シーさん、お帰りなさい。。

  4. Yeah, wasn’t entirely comfortable with writing in Japanese anyway…^^;;
    Rather than the baguette, the squid ink bread tasted more inky…
    Thing is, I did a quick search on this restaurant before I went, and apparently all the people who went there, were forcefully recommended with that salad+dip(which we didn’t order) and the Arrabbiata(which we yielded), and the comments were like “nice but normal”, so I was determined NOT to order that in the first place. ^^;; But the Arrabbiata tasted better than “normal” so oh well.

  5. やっこさん>


  6. ジンギスカン&肉まんで思い出したのですが、

  7. やっこさん>

  8. Wait they just suddenly give you guys the ink baquette which you didn’t order and then charge 500 yen? is that allowed? ^^;;;
    The pasta looks great! I think it’s a good idea to share different pasta because I always get bored with eating the whole plate of the same pasta (like I would want some white sauce type, a tomato sauce one…). The Arrabbiata is interesting, perhaps the chef is very proud of it so he made the waitor to hard sell it?

  9. The 500yen included the pork rillette and the baguette…it is like a table charge? ^^;; There is no service charge and in Japan there is no tips…so oh well, acceptable. Hard sell is fine to me up to a certain point, but err I have this juvenile rebelliant nature despite of my age you see. ^^;;

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