Excellent French Fare...in a Tokyo Basement
Bistro Toro, an unpretentious jewel in the basement of an unassuming building in the Daikanyama neighborhood, serves top-notch Southern French fare. This is serious cooking that easily competes with anything you'll find in the motherland. Dishes range from homemade pâté de campagne and salade de carottes râpées to grilled aitchbone steak with port wine sauce and are all expertly prepared by the talented chef, Ume-chan. At 27, he is a definite up-and-comer in the Tokyo culinary scene. The prices are as satisfying as the food, too: Even with a couple of glasses of pleasant house wine, a full meal rarely runs more than 5,000 yen per person.
By Jon Sheer, AFAR Local Expert
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11-12 Daikanyamacho, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan