Blacks and red shimmer under the wavering light,
Enjoy an extraordinary evening of gourmet drinks
and gourmet cuisine.
It is an open secret that the basement of the Ohararyu Kaikan on Kotto-dori in Minami-Aoyama is home to a number of great restaurants where people can find Chinese, Indian, and other types of gourmet cuisine.
In October 2010, a new izakaya (a Japanese-style bar) called Tokyo Jugatsu opened in a space that had been used as a Japanese restaurant for more than 30 years.
The new owners renovated but kept the traditional interiors, to produce a truly refined experience decorated in blacks and reds.
The filaments in each lightbulb emit a wavering light that creates an extraordinary atmosphere. According to the artist responsible for the design, French sculptor Ante Vojnovic, "The lights will show the human skin at its most beautiful."
Water flows at the centre of each jet-black table, drawing out beautiful patterns, and helping set the scene. The menu also leaves a deep impression, completing the recipe for an incredible evening.
Astier de Villatte plateware from Paris is used to present the culinary work of creative Japanese cuisine chef, Hideto Tashiro.
Tashiro welcomes his guests with dishes that harness the flavours of each season, in a multi-hued medley of cuisine that straddles the borders between East and West.
Each insightful dish pairs well with alcohol, and the restaurant is popular among the those who like to enjoy a drink or two. Even the drink selection is unique, setting Jugatsu apart from its competitors.
While the drink menu changes with each season, there are always around six types available. The chef takes a has a “Every brand, same profit" principle, ensuring that the spirit of each maker is truly communicated.
Even the wine selection is unique with its focus on mainly Argentine wines. Grapes grown in the highlands of the Andes need very few pesticides, allowing the natural flavours to be passed down onto the wine.