Perched on the second floor of a building on Seijoki Street in Nishiazabu, the Chinese restaurant, Tsugumi, is helmed by Chef Wataru Shimayama, whose dishes delight the taste buds of connoisseurs that gravitated to prominent restaurants in Nishiazabu.
The restaurant was named Tsugumi (meaning migrant thrush in Japanese), likening guests to migrant birds and the restaurant to a perch that offers them high-quality dishes and services in a relaxing atmosphere, as was the chef’s wish. In fact, the white entrance gate is inspired by a bird’s nest.
Chef Shimayama’s Chinese cuisine is grounded in Cantonese and Sichuan culinary techniques, though the classical flavors of these cuisines are reinterpreted in an innovative way. In addition, he combines different culinary techniques he learned at other restaurants to fulfill the desires of guests. The uncommon Chinese vegetables, such as Chinese broccoli and Chinese mustard greens, are sourced from Nakadai Saien Farm in Yachiyo City, Chiba Prefecture. The sansho pepper used for dandan noodles is Niyodogawa Sansho from Kochi Prefecture, with his strong preference for using domestic one. The restaurant’s menu includes a number of popular dishes, such as stewed whole abalone, mapo tofu served in an earthen pot, and fried rice with home-roasted Iberico pork cooked over a specially made Chinese stove with a high heat output.
The wine cellar holds more than 600 bottles, mainly from Bourgogne, selected by Mr. Yukihiro Shindo, the manager and sommelier, who worked at a starred restaurant in London, and the Chinese tea list is curated by Ms. Marina Fujimoto, a certified tea art specialist. Remember to try food and drink pairings selected by these two specialists who know Chef Shimayama’s dishes like the back of their hands. If you prefer beer, treat yourself to Komon, the restaurant’s original beer flavored with lemon from the Setouchi region.
Inside the restaurant, there is a white-toned main dining room furnished with two modern tables (each seating up to four guests) and a bar counter (seating up to six guests) as well as a private dining room (with four seats). Please enjoy quality dishes and services in a relaxing atmosphere at Tsugumi on various occasions.
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A -7 minutes walk from exit 2 of Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line