L’Amitie is the kind of restaurant that I want to tell everyone about because it’s just so damn good, but don’t want to tell anyone because it will make it even harder to get a reservation than it already is. But my food bloggerly duty is to tell you of Tokyo’s best restaurants, and so here is one of the best ones I’ve been to. But be warned, you MUST make a reservation in advance otherwise you’re not going to get a table. It took about 3 attempts at making a reservation before we were able to get a seat. Frustrating, but worth it.
So why is L’Amitie so good? It’s the combination of excellent food, good service, pleasant interior and cheap price which puts L’Amitie in my top 5 restaurants in Tokyo. The dinner course costs ¥2700, which includes your choice of an entree and a main.
Not only is the food great, the portions here are ridiculous! Alex’s pate de campagne was as big as my face and the langue de boeuf wasn’t much smaller. As if that wasn’t enough, the bread was forthcoming and tasted so good dipped in my escargot herb butter sauce. Even though I was up to my eyeballs full, dessert beckoned – I, as usual, opted for the cheese platter – delicious but too much for me to handle, and Alex tackled the fondant chocolat which was unsurprisingly rich and decadent. As good as dessert was, I probably shouldn’t have ordered it as I was already painfully full. But what’s a French feast without dessert? Nothing, that’s what.
We were the last to leave the restaurant, on the edge of a rather serious food coma. I waddled slowly home, nursing my overfull belly, attempted to watch an episode of How I Met Your Mother, and fell asleep.
The quality of the food was exceptional, and I’m still puzzled how they manage to provide such big servings at such good quality at those prices. I don’t want to question it too much, I’m just going to embrace it with big, fat, wobbly arms (if I ate there regularly). If you like French food… Actually, if you like food in general, make yourself a booking at L’Amitie.
Nearest station: Takadanobaba
Address: Shibahara Bldg. 1F, 2-9-12Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 12:00am-1:30pm, 6:00pm-10:00pm; closed Monday and every 2nd Tuesdays
English Menu: No English menu, but available in French and Japanese (if that helps)