"Izu no Shun Yanmo Minami Aoyama" is located in the basement floor of a building that houses restaurants and fashion brands, hidden away in a back alley in Minami Aoyama, Tokyo. The restaurant "Yanmo" opened in 1993, and its founding concept is "to provide our customers with delicious Izu fish and a resort atmosphere". "Yanmo" is now widely renowned as the definitive place to enjoy fish cuisine in Minami Aoyama.
The current head chef of "Yanmo," Takashi Shimodaya, came to Tokyo to work at "Yanmo" after completing his training in Japanese cuisine at a hotel in Gifu. After 9 years of working hard from the bottom up, he was appointed as the head chef of the restaurant. The restaurant's name, "Yanmo," is named after a type of tree known in English as the Chinese or Japanese bayberry, which is the symbol of the Izu highlands. The yanmo tree bears ripe, red fruit in July, which has a nostalgic sweet and sour flavor. The cuisine of Yanmo Minami Aoyama combines the rustic beauty of the yanmo fruit that symbolizes Izu, with a sophisticated style befitting of its Minami Aoyama location. The dishes expertly bring out the tantalizing flavors of seasonal Izu ingredients and are beautifully presented on tableware carefully chosen to match the seasons.
"Yanmo" uses fish that are outstanding in both quality and freshness, caught from nets on the eastern coast of the Izu Peninsula and assessed by local fishmongers before being directly transported to the restaurant. In addition to the splendid alfonsino (kinmedai) and black Scombrops Gilberti(kuromutsu) for which Izu is famous, the restaurant's seasonal fish and seafood menu also includes chicken grunt (isaki), barracuda, horse mackerel, pilchard, mackerel, spiny red gurnard (hōbō) and bigfin reef squid (aori ika). The dinner course menu is based around a myriad of seafood dishes, including sashimi, grilled fish, braised dishes and broths. The grilled fish dishes are particularly good, with thick, meaty fish grilled above a charcoal fire to give an aromatic skin and light, fluffy flesh. Just one taste of this signature delicacy will have you wanting to come back for more. We also heavily recommend enjoying the fish together with the yanmo fruit that is served alongside grilled dishes. The restaurant keeps a selection of around ten varieties of Japanese sake, and sake served chilled is presented in sliced bamboo drinking cups made with bamboo from the Shuzenji temple in Izu.
The walls of "Yanmo" and pillars make use of Izu stone here and there as an artistic expression of the seaside. In addition to the 10 counter seats, 14 table seats and 12 raised tatami seats available in the restaurant, there is also semi-private raised tatami seating for 6 and private table seating for 8 persons. The restaurant can be enjoyed on a variety of different occasions - the private seating is ideal for entertaining business guests, the vibrant counter seats are perfect for dates, and the table seating is an excellent choice for enjoying a lively dinner with work colleagues. The restaurant also allows bookings for children and is sure to be a treasured choice for important family occasions.
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A 3-minute walk from Omotesando Station, Exit B3･A5(Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line)