No signs direct you
towards this homey, hidden gem
Enjoy a feast woven
from Italian cuisine and Japanese sake.
Your first visit to this restaurant is guaranteed to be a pleasant surprise.
Only moments from Ebisu Station, you enter a condo building and use the intercom to call a room on the second floor. Once upstairs, you enter a high-ceilinged space that promises nothing but freedom.
The old-fashioned wood-clad fireplace and the sheer elegance of the ubiquitous wooden decorations make you feel as if you have just stepped into the home of a friend.
This is truly one of the city's hidden gems.
Its uniqueness lies not just in its location - the restaurant's speciality is Italian cuisine with a focus on fish roe. They use black caviar, botargo and other regular Italian ingredients, but the menu also includes red caviar, known as ikura in Japan, and sea urchin, or uni.
One of their most popular dishes is their "raw uni and ikura cream tagliatelle."
Another thing they can be proud of their selection of sake.
Chef Satoshi Horiguchi has built close relationships with a great number of sake breweries, from which he has selected as many as 100 different sakes - including a number of rare, difficult-to-find labels.
Some might find the combination of sake and Italian cuisine odd, but there is no need to worry. The fish roe focus of the food here at Ikra ensures that it pairs perfectly with sake.
Two course meals are available at ￥4,800 and ￥6,800, and diners can also order a la carte.
The accessible pricing of the multi-dish course menu - which includes everything from their speciality tagliatelle to a final dolce - has earned the restaurant a legion of fans.
Whether on a date or with a party, if you want to make your day that little bit more special, Ikra is the perfect choice.