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OGINO (Ikejiri-Ohashi)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 11.2011 French, Italian & Other Europian 1 comments 0 trackback
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What's the most popular western cuisine in Japan? The answer is pretty simple. French. There are over 300 French restaurants in Tokyo and just as many Italian restaurants as well, but not 25 years ago. Majority of the western restaurants were French. Most of the chef's have worked/trained at top restaurants in France at some point of their career and would come back to Japan usually working for one of the established restaurants as Chef and eventually opening their own restaurant. Owner/Chef of OGINO, Shinya Ogino also worked/trained in France, came back to Tokyo working for several French restaurants before opening his own restaurant. And by word of mouth, it has become one of the most popular French restaurants in Tokyo.


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The reason of Ogino's popularity is because of its cost performance. For dinner, they offer a course menu of 4,500 yen and 6,500 yen. The biggest difference with Ogino's course menu is that you can order whatever you want from the menu. There are usually 10 choices of entrées, 6 choices of soups/salads, and at least 10 choices of main dishes. The menu changes by month, so many of the items you might see here won't be available when you dine at Ogino. But one of the items always available among entrées is Pâté de Campagne.


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It will be brought out in casserole and you can have as much as you want, but don't take all of it though.


ogino季節野菜のテリーヌ 帆立貝のタルタル添え
Other popular entrées are Terrine, like Season Vegetables & Scallop Terrine


ogino 山形産仔牛とフランス産トランペット茸のテリーヌ 水ナス添え
or Veal & Trumpet Mushroom Terrine, but varieties of terrine's will change by the month as well.


oginoズワイガニとジャガイモのガレット トリュフ風味
Also, dishes like Crab, Potato & Truffle Galette were memorable.


ogino soupe de poisson
Traditional dishes like Soupe de Poisson, and Onion Gratin Soup is also available.


oginoシャラン鴨むね肉ロースト
Since Chef Ogino specializes in meat dishes, I would recommend to order a meat dish if you were having 4,500 yen course menu. (4,500 yen is with only one main dish, but 6,500 yen is with two) If they have Challand Duck from France, I would strongly recommend to order it since very few restaurants in Japan can get a hold of it. As far as I know, only 5 can in Japan, but the others are all expensive Michelin 3 star restaurants. A dish I had was Roasted Challand Duck with Honey Vinegar Sauce.


ogino岩中豚のソテー マデラソース
Other dishes which I enjoyed are Roasted Basque Pork with Madére Sauce,


ogino 北海道産 夏鹿のパイ包み焼き 黒コショウソース
and if its Gibier (game) season, they might have dishes like Deer & Foie Gras Pie with Black Pepper Sauce.


ogino cheese
Cheese is not included in the course menu and is extra. Quality of cheese may not be equal to a 3 star grande maison restaurant, but its enjoyable for its price. Wine list is some what limited, but prices are reasonable and kept in good condition.


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To say the least, there aren't too many restaurants in Tokyo, which offer the same quality of food for Ogino's price range. It's a very small restaurant with only 20 seats, and interior is very simple, so it may not be a place for anniversaries or special occasions.


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It wasn't difficult to get a table for the first 2 years after they opened, but not anymore. Its one of the most difficult restaurants to get a table now. They take reservations for 2 months in advance and tables will be gone that day. There is no dress code, you can be as casual as you want, but their service and food isn't casual at all.


OGINO (in Japanese, オギノ)
Address: 2-20-9 Ikrjiri, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都世田谷区池尻2-20-9)
Nearest train station: Tokyu Ikeji-Ohashi (5 min walk)
Tel: 03-5481-1333
Reservations: Yes, without one you won't get a table
Website: hhttp://french-ogino.com/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: No, but in French
Credit Card: Dinner only, not for lunch
Open: Tuesday-Saturday 5:30pm-11:30pm, Saturday, Sunday & Holidays 11:30am-1:30pm
Sunday & Holidays 5:30pm-9:30pm
Closed: Monday

Prices: Lunch Course Menu 2,500 yen & 4,000 yen
Dinner Course Menu 4,500 yen & 6,000 yen
All dishes are under 2,500 yen




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