Testa Matta

Spaghetti with tuna and broccoli in cream sauce, gratin style, 1200yen.
Paprika and mozzarella pizza, 1200yen. Salami and mozzarella pizza, 1200yen.
Pizzas are quite good(much better than the spaghetti). Slightly greasy and salty though. Lunch comes with salad and coffee.


From the 2800yen full course lunch. Pasta is Peperoncino with green chilli. Main dish is oven-grilled chicken. The chicken is not bad while the appetizer and the pasta are just okay. Portion is small.

The quality of food is not that fantastic but the location is great – very near Shibuya station but since it is on the 3rd floor of a building and the entrance is hard to spot, it is never full. The view by the window is great too.
Lunch menu(J) here.

Testa Matta
Add: 3F, Dougenzaka, Shibuya-ku
Tel: 03-3461-0160

魚山亭 渋谷店 (Gyosantei Shibuya)

Miyazaki’s specialty Hiyajiru – cold, soybean paste soup with dried bonito, sesame and other ingredients. The Hiyajiru is very nice with rice. So nice that I always eat two bowls. Set lunch comes with Chicken Nanban and grilled fish. Chicken is delicious but the fish can be a little dry sometimes.
Sardine simmered with umeboshi, Inaka Umani(root vegetables simmered in soy sauce and sugar).
Chicken Nanban(Miyazaki style). The deep-fried chicken is dipped in sweet vinegar and topped with tartare sauce before serving. Very good! Both rice and miso soup are refillable.
Hiyajiru again.

This popular shop is always overcrowded at lunch time and you’ll most likely have to share seating with strangers.
Lunch menu(J): 1, 2.

魚山亭 (Gyosantei)
Add: B1 Shibuya 2-19-21, Shibuya-ku
Tel: 03-3400-2500

KAIKAYA (開花屋@神泉)

Cod soft roe, Gorgonzola gratin. Nice but the white sauce is a bit watery.
Gyoza with pork and shrimp. This is very good!

Clam steamed with chinese wine.
White fish, flavored with sweet herb oil and breaded, broiled in oven.
Sakura and Ume ice-cream.

We also had plum wine, and rice. The ice-cream were free. And the bill was about 8000yen for two people. The food is good this time too, though I thought our choices last time were better(see tag for old entry). We sat at the counter and while the tobacco smoke from the couple next to us didn’t bother us so much as last time, our eyes were tearing and noses running because of the smoke from the open kitchen. We went on a weekday and it was sooooooo busy even after 9pm. The delivery was so slow that at first we just sat there for half an hour straight without any food. And they kept forgetting our orders…my friend said she loves the lively atmosphere and the friendly staff so she doesn’t mind, but I confess the environment is too tough for me…
Menu(J): 1, 2, 3, 4.

Add: 23-7 Maruyama-cho, Shibuya-ku
Tel: 03-3770-0878

Cucina Siciliana Archimede (アルキメーデ@神泉)

Came here before(see tag) and left with the regret of not being able to finish everything cos it was just too much food. This time I skipped breakfast and lunch to prepare for this meal…very determined!!
Liver paste and pork rillette.
Turnip soup. 10 appetizers to share between 2 people.

Sardine roll and fish meat balls. Deep-fried little white fish.
サフランを練りこんだタリオリーニ 紅ズワイカニとあさり・ルーコラのソース。
Saffron tagliolini with red zuwai crab, clam and Rucola sauce.
Chocolate papprdelle with stewed venison sauce.
Pasta is homemade and al dente cooked. Both dishes are very good! Portion is for 2 people.
骨付き仔羊肉のハーブ風味のパン粉オーブン焼き じゃがいものロースト添え(骨付き250g)。
かくまさんの豚肉 脂身をはずした芯ロース肉のソテー 生ハムのせ 赤ピーマンのメッシーナ風(160g)。
My main dish: Oven-grilled lamb chop(250g including the bones) with herb and breadcrumbs, and roasted potatoes.
My friend’s: Pork loin(160g) Saute, with ham and bell pepper.
My lamb is the second item from the top of the main dish menu, which means it is second in terms of size. I was stuffed by the end but I finished it!! Phew!!
Marron mille-feuille and custard pudding.

Dinner course is 6000yen per person including dessert and coffee. Tax included and no service charge. Glass wine is 900yen. The price is very reasonable, especially for the amount of food you get. Quality-wise, it is a bit salty in taste but good in a home-cooked sort of way.

Menu(J): 1, 2, 3, 4.

Add: 2-8 Shinsencho, Shibuya-ku
Tel: 03-5489-6850

食彩 かどた (Kadota)

From the 5250yen dinner course. The menu is too complicated to translate…I will simplify. (Menu in Japanese is at the bottom)
Kan-buri(winter yellowtail) mizore(cooked with grated radish) style.
Saba(mackerel) sushi.
Sashimi. Gobo(burdock root) soup.
Two kinds of grilled fish to choose from. Kamasu(barracuda) or Kasago(rock fish).
Boiled green vegetables. Ebi-imo(Kyoto taro) and yuba.

0712150075Steamed chinese cabbage and anago(eel). Mozuku(seaweed) zosui(rice soup) with quail egg. Fruit jelly.

Have been wanting to try this restaurant for the longest time and in fact I booked this place twice before, but both times I ended up having to cancel the bookings due to a change in schedule. Finally I managed to eat there and the quality didn’t disappoint at all! Every dish is so delicious and delicate-tasting. Some dishes are quite Kyoto style with Ankake(starchy sauce) and using ingredients from Kyoto. 5250yen for this 10-course meal is really amazing in value. The restaurant is small and is at the basement. The interior is kinda modern Japanese dining feel. Very convenient location as it is like just across the road from Ebisu station. Definitely want to go back again when the menu is renewed.

Menu(J): 1, 2.
食彩 かどた
Add: B1, 1-1-2 Ebisu-Nishi, Shibuya-ku
Tel: 03-3780-1080

海南鶏飯食堂2 恵比寿店 (Hainan ji-fan shokudou Ebisu)

キャロットケーキ シンガポール大根餅。
Singaporean “carrot cake”. It is actually radish cake stir-fried with egg and chilli sauce.
Sangria with mango juice – rather expensive cocktail(850yen) which tastes just okay. Also ordered a grapefruit alcohol drink(650yen) which, to my disappointment, came in a bottle! Better stick with beer next time…
Kinshinsai(Lily flower) wtih garlic and nam pla(fish sauce).
Singaporean-style fish curry and Jasmine rice.
タイ風ふわふわオムレツ 揚げねぎとタイチリソース。 ローストチキン。
Thai-style omelette. Roasted chicken.
ロティパラタ (バター風味のインドのパン)。
Lamb and tomato spicy stew.
Roti Prata(Indian bread with butter).
ホッケンミー。 海南鶏飯。
Singaporean fried noodles. Hainan chicken rice(L).
プーアル茶のジュレとタピオカ。 マンゴープリン。
Chinese puerh tea jelly with tapioca. Mango pudding.

All the food are very nice! I especially loved the radish cake, Roti Prata and fried noodles. I’ve been to lunch at the original restaurant near Roppongi(see tag) and Hainan chicken rice was terrible. But in this Ebisu branch, the same chicken rice was very good! I am not sure if it is the difference between lunch and dinner, or Ebisu and Roppongi. Overall the taste is a bit strong/salty – which is of course the universal strategy to make you order more drinks. Environment and service are good. Price is reasonable(except those fancy cocktails). 3 of us shared all the food plus drinks, less than 4000yen per person.

Dinner menu: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

海南鶏飯食堂2 恵比寿店 (Hainan ji-fan shokudou Ebisu)
Add: 1-21-14 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku.
Tel: 03-3447-3615