L'Osier (very short review)
I went to the reopened L'Osier last night. We had a very good meal, but I must say that I much preferred the old L'Osier in terms of food and ambience. Most dishes were executed very well last night, but there was no memorable standout that will remain with me a year from now (or even a month).
We had the Menu Degustation - lovely foie gras, interesting tandoori lobster, slightly overcooked duck, generous cheese platter, magnificent mont blanc. All good, but it does come at a price (JPY 28,000).
The wine list is quite good, but certainly not the best or most varied you'll find in this city. We limited ourselves to some boring old classics for red and white (a 2005 Meursault (Boillot) and a 1998 CdP (Beaucastel)). Started off with a 2008 Nyetimber sparkling, which was not only very good as Nyetimber tends to be, but it also flabbergasted Lionel, who had not tried it before and could not believe that the English can produce such a decent champagne look-alike.
Lionel was on form. Initially I did not recognise him - he lost about 20 kilos, is now very fit and incredibly thin. He was probably my favourite aspect of the evening.
Anyway - a very good night, but probably won't become a regular feature in my calendar at JPY 200,000 for four people.
Oh, and the decor: zero atmosphere, don't really like it. Very sterile. Our dining companions also remarked on how all other diners were basically a bunch of old rich Japanese men with either their clients or ‘nieces’. I didn't really care, but it did feel a little odd.