September 04, 2007
La Rochelle Minami Aoyama (ラ・ロシェル南青山)
From the 6510yen lunch course.
Amuse-bouche. Asparagus mousse in the front. Prawn and clam soup in the middle. Forgot the other two...
Kidney beans, with lobster and squid. Fried shirasu(baby sardine) and lobster on the spoon.
Kamasu(Saury pike or Barracuda) and uni, sandwich-style, with Vervain sauce.
Veal and smoked foie gras rolled in sansai(wild vegetable) with spice and sarriette(savory) flavour.
A small dessert, and then dessert wagon service where you can choose what you like. I had ALL. ^^;; Petit fours with the coffee, and then a small cup of fresh herb tea.
The food is just amazing. The presentation is beautiful yet taste is not compromised to make it look good. The mille-feuille-looking fish dish is pretty AND delicious, with many layers of uni, fish, prawn etc. The veal is tender and perfectly cooked. The most impressive part however, is the veggy on the side - all standing up and artistic-looking, and each of them has something unpredictable stuffed inside, e.g. ratatouille inside the radish, corn paste inside the aubergine...I love them all! The desserts are nice too. Souffle cheese cake with lavender, and honey ice-cream were the best. For the 6510yen lunch course, you can also choose a dessert plate instead of wagon dessert.
The environment is lovely. There is a church next to the restaurant(first pic). In fact on the day we went, there was a small wedding reception going on, and one-third of the restaurant was partitioned by glass panels and separated from where we sat. We could still see the bride and hear the clapping and cheering though.
If you print out the coupon here, you get a discount of about 1000yen for the "seasonal lunch course". Very good value! One coupon can be used for up to 4 people.
La Rochelle Minami Aoyama
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Yeah the chapel and the restaurant are connected....the bride walked right in front of our table on the way out...^^;;
So is the chapel part of the restaurant? (perfect for wedding reception!) I love the flowers decoration, reminded me of that meal I had in Hawaii~ It has that beach/island feel to it.
I have been to Chemins only once long time ago. My comment was short...I remember the food was good but the portion was a bit small. If portion is not a concern maybe you could try. I have heard positive comments about Chemins from time to time from friends.
Other suggestions are:
Bistro La Ciboulette (dinner, lunch)
Cote d'Or (all lunches: 1, 2, 3)
This afternoon, I called them to make a reservation, but unfortunately it's fully booked up due to wedding reception during whole period of my visiting time. It makes me more want it actually...but, maybe save it for the next time, I guess. Do you have anything in mind, instead of La Rochelle? And, have you heard of Chemins @ Akasaka? Sorry to keep bugging you, and thanks!
Oh this is the 6510yen lunch course, not the seasonal lunch. But 2 of my friends ordered the seasonal one and the food looked great and tasted good too according to them. The menu changes all the time so perhaps you can decide which course to get after you have a look at the menu. When I phoned to book, they did ask me if I could decide on the course in advance, but I said I would rather decide on the day. The course was delivered at the right pace without any delay so I think it is okay.
Thanks for your update posting on La Rochelle. All looks so creative & tasty, especially mille-feuille-looking fish dish is absolutely outstanding. We'll definitely check this place out on our trip. BTW, is it seasonal lunch course you tried? Thanks for confirmation!