May 26, 2013

Nostalgic French dishes in the Ueno Park

In the Ueno Park (上野公園), we have "Ueno Seiyoken (上野精養軒)", a restaurant and banquet complex whose business history started in 1872. Ueno Seiyoken is a pioneer of French dishes as well as Yoshoku in Japan. On a sunny weekend, I went to their main dining named "Grill Fulushima (グリルフクシマ)" for having a brunch. The entrance is a bit dark, inside was quite bright with sunshine and green of Park through the window.
A passage of Ueno Park
Ueno Seiyoken
Entrance of "Grill Fulushima"
Table setting
Terrine of scallop and smoke salmon
Consomme soup
Wagyu beef steak with red wine sauce
Grilled bass with seafood cream sauce 
Milk pudding with coconut jelly and tea
As a main dining, the price setting is high. A lunch set comprising a starter, a soup, a main dish and a dessert costs JPY7,000 per person. Even considering the location, it might be a bit expensive. Maybe thanks to that, there were relatively few customers and we could spend a private time.

Dishes were not so modern, but orthodox. In a good meaning, the taste and presentation were nostalgic. They would maintain their traditional style introducing trends bit by bit. This kind of orthodox restaurant might be valuable nowadays. Traditional consomme soup was very delicious. Other dishes were tasty averagely. Only beef steak, I was not so satisfied. They should select a bit better quality of beef for this price.

I like the nostalgic atmosphere in the historical Ueno Park, but seeing a restaurant, the cost-effectiveness is not so good. My rating is 3.2 out of 5. Gochiso-samadeshita!

Ueno Seiyoken (上野精養軒)

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