Yoyogi Village, an urban oasis
where diners can experience Italian cuisine
with a uniquely Japanese flair
The leafy gardens of Yoyogi Village suddenly come into view less than a minute's walk from Yoyogi Station. The commercial space was designed by music producer Takeshi Kobayashi and has been the talk of the town since opening in 2011.
The Village's main restaurant is Code Kurkku, an Italian restaurant with a menu designed by Yasuhiro Sasajima, chef at Il Ghiottone - said to one of the hardest places to get a reservation in Kyoto.
The restaurant was created to produce a sense of "wa," the concept of "harmony" that so resonates with the Japanese spirit.
The majority of the ingredients - fish, meat and vegetables - are selected from across Japan and cooked using Italian methods. In this way, diners can be assured not only of their taste, but also that they are safe and healthy.
Code Kurkku mainly used vegetables from Kyoto at first, but now they source organic vegetables from a private farm in Kisarazu, Chiba Prefecture. The restaurant is always fully consciousness of the farmers, and the soul of Japanese cuisine.
One example is with traditionally-eaten vegetables. Chef Yasushi Inoue explains, "Farmers don't want them to sell at a low price, so the restaurant plays a big role in bringing together the farmer and the diner."
Large windows let in the outside light, keeping the interior bright and combining with the high ceilings to produce a strong sense of openness and freedom. Leafy plants are found everywhere, from the walls to outside the windows, and that helps diners forget that they are sitting in the bustling heart of the city.
Each plate that arrives is a colourful display; each dish harnesses the true flavours of each ingredient.
This is a restaurant that energizes the spirit through food.