March 20, 2013

Elegant yoshoku in Ochanomizu

Near the Hijiri Bridge(聖橋) in Ochanomizu(御茶ノ水), there is a famous yoshoku restaurant called "Ochanomizu Ogawaken (御茶ノ水小川軒).” Yoshoku is one of the Japanese dishes incorporating Western-style cooking developed in the Meiji Era (明治時代), the latter part of the 19th century. Some of the yoshoku menus are national food of Japan such as curry and rice, croquette, beef stew, hamburg steak, etc. We cook yoshoku often at home, and going to high-ranked yoshoku restaurants is a bit special.
Ochanomizu Ogawaken
Restaurant with open-kitchen
Table setting
Amuse (pickles)
Salad with small squid with Americane sauce 
Assorted starter 
Bread and red wine
Grilled scallop and mushroom 
Beef stew 
Hamburg steak with foie gras 
Cream puff
Coffee with cookie 
The atmosphere and taste of Ogawaken are elegant. Mature people enjoyed in a relaxing manner. Ogawaken is not flashy like trendy restaurants, but the price setting is high. Hence, it seemed only those who understand the value came to taste and spend congenial moments. 

Actually, considering the location, the price is a bit expensive objectively. Even so, I felt it adequate. Every dish was beautiful and delicious. Orthodox but creative. Even if the appearance looks simple, the tasting is rich. Good ingredients are used. Beautiful plates of Richard Ginori also made the dishes more appealing.   

In addition, I liked the chic service of a mature male staff. He made recommendations gently and following his proposals was very pleasant. My rating is 4 out of 5. Gochiso-samadeshita!

Ochanomizu Ogawaken (御茶ノ水小川軒)   

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