Nakameguro has become well-known as a sort of “gourmet neighborhood” after a wave of outstanding restaurants opened up in the area. Among those restaurants you will find “Cuisine Francase NARITA YUTAKA,” a French restaurant that opened its doors in 2013. It is perfectly situated right along the Meguro River, which is covered in vivid pink colors during the cherry blossom season.
The Chef Yutaka Narita started on his culinary career when he was 18, and eventually left for France in 2010. It was there that he honed his talents while working as a station chef at restaurants like “Passage 53” and “Jean-François Piège,” which have both earned Michelin 2-star. While he was training in France, elite chefs were adopting the Japanese culinary tradition of subtraction, which is called “hiking” in Japanese. And along with that, culinary techniques that emphasize the inherent flavor of each ingredient were starting to gain attention across the world. Chef Narita picked up on these trends and went to work on his own light culinary style that fused together Japanese and French cuisine.
When it comes to the food itself, the focus is on course meals with a diverse range of fresh, seasonal ingredients that change throughout the year. Japanese culinary favorites such as mitsuba and bamboo shoots, which are rarely used in French cooking, are used extensively to offer diners a chance to experience French cuisine with uniquely Japanese ingredients. The restaurant also takes advantage of its wine selection that offers 100 different options to choose from. 90% of the wine is from France, with a focus on Burgundy wine in particular. By utilizing his firsthand experience working in France, Chef Narita oversees the wine selection with the sommelier so that the food and wine are always perfectly paired. There are 20 to 30 different varieties available to drink from the glass, and the personal preferences of each guest are also taken into account for every pairing. This well-regarded style of service is a true delight for wine enthusiasts.
“Cuisine Francase NARITA YUTAKA” has a wide glass window that looks out on the cherry blossom trees lined together outside, and on the inside, they have the main seating area at the counter that can seat 10 guests. They have table seating with 12 seat total, as well as sofa seating for up to 4 guests in the loft area located on the 2nd floor. The interior has Japanese elements running all throughout, including a solid wood counter, Japanese paper-themed walls, and other highlights. This creates a truly relaxing environment for guests to enjoy their meal in. Chef Narita says, “I want our restaurant to be a place that guests can regularly come to and comfortably enjoy delicious food without any apprehension.” Diners that have a taste for gourmet-style cuisine should certainly feel free to stop by.
* The availability of an English version of this page does not guarantee that the restaurant can provide services in English unless otherwise stated. Please be aware that, even if stated, there may still be days when English speaking staff are unavailable.
■A 6-minute walk from Nakameguro Station, Tokyu Toyoko Line