Italian cuisine and Japanese sake in an elegant, hidden refuge.

ikra

イクラ
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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.

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Chef Profile

Satoshi HoriguchiSatoshi Horiguchi

Born in Saitama, 1969.
Worked in French, Italian, and other western cuisines, before becoming chef at Ikra in 2002.

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Interview

What made you want to become a chef?
I've loved cooking since I was young, and I sort of naturally fell into it after graduating from high school. The first place I worked was a restaurant in Ginza serving western food based in French cuisine. After learning from the chef there, I moved on to work in French and Italian restaurants, and then when Ikra opened in 2002, I was hired as chef.
What are you aiming for with the interior design?
It started with the owner getting a hold of the big wooden fireplace and trying to create a design that it would fit in. (Horiguchi laughs.)
The ceiling lights and other decoration are all very modern and unique, and the goal was to perfectly integrate the antique fireplace with those more modern elements.
What do you look for in sake?
We're an Italian restaurant, so naturally we also have a rich selection of wines, but what makes us special is the number of sakes we offer. It really came from the fact that I personally love sake, but Italian food and sake go together surprisingly well. Especially with our classic raw uni and ikura tagliatelle, sake actually goes much better with it than wine. I hope everyone will give it a try.

Restaurant Info

Restaurant Nameikra
イクラ
AreaNakameguro/Daikanyama/Ebisu
CuisineItalian Cuisine
Opening day10th November, 1999
Hours of Operation 【Tuesday to Friday】
Dinner:From 18:00〜(Last order: 22:30)
【Weekends】
Lunch:From 12:00〜(Last order: 14:00)
Dinner : From 18:00〜(Last order: 22:30)
Closed Mondays
Budget
Dinner:¥15,030~
Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, JCB, Amex, Diners Club, China Unionpay)

*Credit cards accepted on orders over \5000

Service charge-
Cover Charge\500(Course prices include cover charge)
AtmosphereQuiet
Children Permitted

*Please place order ahead of time.

Websitehttp://www.ikra.jp/
Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/pages/%E6%81%B5%E6%AF%94%E5%AF%BFikra/397931333626354
Seating/Facilities
Capacity 18 seats
Seat area

Waiting space available

Counter seating avalible

Sofa seating available

Couple's seating available

Private party Available

*Parties: 30 seats, up to 90 standing.

Private party options

Projector

microphone・audio equipment

Can bring own

Smoking Smoking prohibited

*Smoking space available.

Services
ReceptionistReceptions/Business Dinners
FlavourLight
Characteristics

Top-quality ingredients

Can vehicles be arranged?Yes
Vegetarian Possible

*Please place order ahead of time.

Religious Food Restrictions Possible

*Please place order ahead of time.

Address Hasegawa Riki Bldg. 2nd Floor, 1-9-4, Ebisu-minami, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0022
Access■3 minutes walk from Ebisu St. on the JR and Tokyo Metro Hibiya Lines.
Available wines

Approx. 30 types

Available sakes

Approx. 30 types

100 different sakes specially selected by a licensed sake taster.

Available Cocktails

Approx. 10 types

Available whiskies

Approx. 4 types

Available beers

Approx. 1 types

Asahi Dry Premium

Available shochus

Approx. 4 types

Drink Carry-out Permitted
Japanese Sake Aramasa ¥800
Jikon ¥800
Juyondai ¥1,000

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