Gyukatsu Motomura

I’ve seen drool-worthy instragram posts on gyukatsu but the 45 minute waiting time just doesn’t appeal to me. Also, the beef is fried for less than a minute so it’s not suitable for the little girl.

However, when I met up with Kim and her husband on my own (gasp! Without Little A! ), we ended up eating at Gyukatsu Motomura 牛かつもと村。We were in line for 1.5 hours though but we made do and caught up with stories while in line.

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Ukai Tei Omotesando

Let me start with this:

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A cart of desserts for your picking. 

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This is after they serve your main dessert.

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I asked for the classic starwberry shortcake. They served it like this.

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L had the pistachio éclair with ice cream

But first, the entrance photo taken by Little A.

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Our reflection on the lower left area.

We were seated in the salon and served hot tea while waiting for our private room. Normally, counter seats are offered so you can see the chefs working on the teppanyaki. But, they dont allow kids under a certain age to sit there so we were given a private room instead.

Once we were shown inside, we only had to wait a couple of minutes before the gastronomy magic happened.

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Marinated small prawn with asparagus baba (what Little A call bubbles). It was so flavorful too!

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This was supposedly a cold onion soup but we wanted hot soup so they swapped it wih clam cream soup.

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Sauted Bream. It sounds so simple, right? But it was so good.

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The chef is shaving mushrooms on top of the grilled fish.

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Fresh ingredients and high skilled chef make my tummy really happy.

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Next up. Ukai tei’s top quality beef. We didn’t upgrade the beef to *best* quality because L and I agreed that best quality might be too calorie-fic for us! Also, we just ate steak the other day…so…

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Look! small but omg, so rich!  Do you see the garlic chips? How amazing are those? The onion strips were sweet!

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Close up of wagyu

Little A was meh on the fish. Ate only a little. But, this dish? I was too slow in preparing her fork, she just used her hands to feed herself!

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Afterwards came the meal which consists of fried rice, pickled veggies and miso soup. To make sure you are full, teehee!

Then, we were whisked off to the dessert parlour where we had the most amazing dessert spread. We shared a platefull of petit fours and drank coffee (in my case, milk with coffee) while Little A roamed around the room and squealed in delight (cakkkeeeees!)

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Another look

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Strawberry pudding that is also part of the trolley desserts.

Ukai tei is one of the best lunches I have had recently.

Website here
5-10-1 OMOTESANDO-GYRE 5F, Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
TEL.+81-3-5467-5252
Reservations can be made online

L’ATELIER de Joel Robuchon

L came to visit recently and she wanted to go back to Robuchon for lunch. A quick internet reservations were made (in English!) so I needn’t bother DrG to help me make one. It was drizzling but we got there a few minutes before 12nn. image Amuse bouche image Complimentary breads image More! image So soft and fluffy! brioche! image I ordered Menu A which includes soup, entree and dessert. Cauliflower cream with iberico ham and curry infused oil image My entree upside down.  You see the lamb chops hair, conish eyes, greenish grin of my plate? image Close up of the roasted lamb leg, with veggies and au jus. Tender and flavorful. image Dark chocolate ganache with cocoa sherbet and biscuit bits. 5 chocolate textures in one glass. I have always ordered this dessert. I promise to try the others next time. Ok, I am not sure I will. This is just too good to pass up. This course looks small but I was full at the end of meal. My sister ordered the Menu du Jour which meant more courses and more complex flavors. image White Asparagus light mousse with snow crab. How to eat this delicate dish? image Sauteed squid stuffed with chorizo image Roasted wagyu beef with super creamy mashed potatoes There was a basiln sherbert after the entree (no picture) image Citrus fruits flavored cocoa on chocolate ganache topped with passion fruit Finally coffee was served with cookies and toffee candies. The restaurant was very tolerant of Little A running around our table and squealing in delight every now and then. Some patrons were giving us the look but hey, she loves the food there! L’ATELIER de Joёl Robuchon 〒106-0032 東京都港区六本木6-10-1 六本木ヒルズ ヒルサイド2F Roppongi hills Hillside 2F 6-10-1 Roppongi,Minato-ku,Tokyo,Japan TEL: 03-5772-7500  FAX: 03-5772-7789 E-mail: latelier-reception@robuchon.jp