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Feb 10, 2010 11:52 PM

Hiroo Restaurant Recommendations and Log

I'll be staying in Hiroo on and off for the next six months. I know there is much only a short train ride away, but some nights you just want a short walk to dinner or just have time for a quick lunch. Searched the board and not much on Hiroo.

I'd appreciate any recommendations for Hiroo and will settle for any close by in Ebisu. As payback I'll add to this entry the restaurants we hit over our stay here.

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  1. Partenope, a nice neighborhood pizza place.

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    1. re: ttj

      Tried Plates for pizza because it was just so close and the cold rain was too much. I entered with some high hopes because the wood burning oven looked inviting. So I was disappointed that pizza crust was not crispy or done enough for me, which is one of the best parts of a good pizza. I know this is a matter of taste, and one man's crispy is another man's burnt. The pickled vegetables and other small dishes were ok, but nothing special.

      On to Partenope next time for pizz.

      1. re: dgpeters

        Went to Partenope on Monday and it was certainly better than Plates. Crust was nice which is always the key to me, but still a bit soggy in the center. Good enough to try again.

        Still there was a pizza place in Eifukucho that was a lot better.

    2. Angolo has excellent Italian. Restaurant J is international/modern French from a veteran chef of Stellato who trained in France. Grape Choice is a great little wine bar with good food. Cicada has all kinds of Mediterranean - Greek, Spanish, Moroccan, with a decent wine list. Brasserie Manoir (French) has good game meats and birds. Lohotoi has nice weekend dimsum. Depending on where you are in Hiroo, a lot of things are closer than you might think - parts of Ebisu, Shirogane, Nishi-Azabu - so definitely consult a map.

      Here's a map of restaurants within about a ten-minute walk of Hiroo station:

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      1. re: Robb S

        I went to Restaurant J on Christmas and wrote up my thoughts, Looking forward to trying it again with their normal menu.

        Thanks for the recommendations.

      2. Les Vinum is a great little sumiyaki place with a very good and interesting wine list:

        1. Found our first Hiroo neighborhood place that will be a frequent haunt. Yama Fuji on Gaien Nishi Dori, second floor very close to the Exit 1, Hiroo Station. Hard to describe the food since they had a bit of everything, yakitori, sushi, vegetarian dishes, etc. We had some beef, pork, and chicken along with a couple of vegetable plates [they pride themselves on their unusual and very fresh/organic veggies and meat that is "non-chemical"].

          Very comfortable atmosphere, and nice size, seats about forty. We spent about $3,000 Yen sans drinks, although Pookie is a small eater. Could easily spend 5K Yen for bigger eaters. Try it out.

          1. Talking about Hiroo restaurants, I am wondering if anybody has comments on Harmonie in Nishi-Azabu or La Bisboccia in Hiroo (both are maybe 10 minutes from Hiroo station by walking).