Masa’s Kitchen 47, hidden away in a basement at the back of Ebisu is a lovely Sichuan chinese restaurant run by Masa. The decor is modern a little cool but very well done. There is an imposing marble counter behind which is the kitchen, bustling with chefs and the clatter of the woks.
The lunch menu is simple a short course menu or a choice of a series of different noodle or rice sets. The sets come with truly divine Shoronpou, served with black vinegar and finely julienned ginger. Pricing is around 2000 Yen or a litle under, which for Tokyo might feel pricey, but diner here is at least 10,000 Yen.
The food is predictably spicy, but not pure heat. The chef has taken care to make it rightly spicy. The use of Sichuan peppers and Chillies leave a very harmonious tingle in the mouth. The food feels authentic and there are some lovely details. The Mabou rice comes in a clay pot, which when served is puffing steam as if a dragon was caged inside. The Okoge at the bottom must be something to relish. The small soup and the two small amuse-bouche included just take the lunch up a level and make this a lovely lunch spot.
It would probably be wise to book, if you decide to go. Queues have been witnessed before and it fills up quickly. On the basis of a couple of lunch visits, Masa’s is likely to be a decent diner spot too. Hopefully a pleasure to be had in the future.
In a somewhat off the beaten track place, all the way up the Meguro river, is an old converted warehouse. On the ground floor is Stall a cafe/restaurant. This place is great for a quiet easy lunch.
Food is western. The menu limited but adequate, a Salad, a Deli plate, choice of two Pasta dishes or a Meat dish. The lunches come with soup, bread and coffee or tea. I plumped for the Deli Plate with 5 salads; a nice green salad with vinaigrette, sweet potato quiche, non traditional Tabouleh, carrot rapée, and a small piece of grilled chicken. The soup was a nice little pumpkin soup. The bread basket of lightly toasted brown bread and the coffee were both of a good standard. The food is very acceptable, not extraordinary, but above par. For 1200 Yen there are certainly no grumbles.
However it is the interior decor and spaciousness that tip this place over into the worthwhile. Being what I assume is a warehouse conversion, the ceiling is nice and high. The tables are large, with plenty of space around them. The large windows on this sunny day made the room very bright and the quality of the interior design, the furniture, the linen napkins, the heavy set tumbler for water just gave it all a little “Je ne sais quoi”. I would be tempted to come back of an evening to see what the cocktails are like.
So treat yourself to a nice stroll along the Meguro river. Lunch at Stall, followed by a walk back popping into a few of the small designer clothes shops. It will be an afternoon well spent.
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This Blog will give the curious a little eye into the world of food in Tokyo. For those lucky enough to be here on holiday or living, hopefully it will inspire you to explore some of the off the beaten track eateries or less well know dishes that can be found. More than anything you can expect to find restaurant and food reviews. You will also find a few recipes and diatribes about etiquette, authenticity, shop design, and ambience. Happy reading!