The location is somehow idyllic. Few steps away from the chaos of Ikebukuro main station, the restaurant is inside at small public parc next to a temple. The park is just a lage meadow, but provides for breathing air among the jungle of people, noise and pushy vendords in Ikebukuro. The restaurant itself offers a simple, organic menu, that can be eaten also outside in the "terrace" (if you can call it that way). We were told to order a pre-fixed menu, without much information of what it was made of, just two starters, salad, one main, side dish, sandwich and a choice of coffee or desert. Franly speaking a rather peculiar combination. The appetizers were goood: prosciutto ham with melon (unfortunately green, not red), the came the liver pate and some french-like meat jelly (good taste) and home made bread. I do bake bread myself and hence pretty picky on that. The salad combination was excellent with a house-made original sauce dressing, also not too bad. Side dishes were onion rings with french fries (a bit less greasy sauce would have been better!), good roasted chicken. The ham-cheese sandwich were good, but really superfluous. Dessert was youghurt ice-cream, so I oped for coffee. A choice of wines is available, frankly speaking the one French that I had chosen was almost tasteless, served in a unappropriate shape of glass and most of all (given the price) too little quantity.
All in all it was a good experience, staff very friendly altthout the guy at the reception was a bit numb, looking at me and wondering if I was a holograph or something incabable to utter a reply to my simple "hi my name is such & such and I have a reservation...", until the store manager came to my rescue. Guess that everybody is convinced that any client knows their "system" so they tend not to bather explaining it to you. But they're all very nice, so just keep an open mind. I'll probably try it one more time.
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