Home > Life in Japan > Food
  print button email button

Friday, Jan. 20, 2012

News photo


Restaurant full? Head to code kurkku's bar instead

Given the considerable media buzz that accompanied the opening of Yoyogi Village — and the involvement of Il Ghiottone's chef Yasuhiro Sasajima — tables are still at a premium at code kurkku. But even if you can't snare a reservation, don't fancy a full multi-course meal or just turn up on spec, that doesn't mean you can't get to eat.

In the evening (from 6 p.m.), the bar on the other side of the lobby from the restaurant serves a range of Italian-esque snacks and pasta dishes. Whether you just want to nibble on fries dusted with Parmesan as you sip your beer or cocktail, or go for something slightly more substantial — perhaps a penne or risotto — these all come from the main restaurant kitchen and are constructed with the same lightness of touch.

It's a very comfortable space, with a soaring ceiling (as in the restaurant) but lit for intimacy. You can tell musicians were involved in the design: The sound system is superb. And instead of the usual tinkly, canned light jazz — anyone else sick of hearing Norah Jones every time? — there are shelves stacked with LPs (from lounge to club jazz, rock to reggae) played through massive speakers by the bar's in-house DJ.

The only downside is that the air can get pretty smoky. But you can always retire to one of the easy chairs in the lobby; these are also an option at midday if you're ordering a simple one-plate lunch. With that living wall of leafy shrubs on one side, and views of the garden on the other — and outside tables ready for the warmer weather — this is one of the tastiest dining spots in the city.

Back to Top

About us |  Work for us |  Contact us |  Privacy policy |  Link policy |  Registration FAQ
Advertise in japantimes.co.jp.
This site has been optimized for modern browsers. Please make sure that Javascript is enabled in your browser's preferences.
The Japan Times Ltd. All rights reserved.