Updated: March 15, 2019
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Eat Fresh at The Blind Donkey

The unpretentious restaurant located in Kanda has the utmost respect for the environment, for the seasons and the ingredients.

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The restaurant is located near Kanda Station, in the heart of old Tokyo Town. Kanda is a busy place by day and the streets are crammed with suited salarymen. There are gritty izakayas everywhere, and in the middle of it all, an island of peace and nature.
The clear glass facade, discreetly set back from the street, reveals a simple, tranquil interior of wood and earth tones.

The co-owners and chefs, Jerome Waag and Shinichiro Harakawa, spent over a year working on the restaurant's project, traveling around Japan to meet with farmers and producers before finally opening The Blind Donkey.
Jerome Waag is the former chef at Chez Panisse, where he worked for 25 years with Californian chef/food activist Alice Waters.
Shin Harakawa was the owner of the beloved restaurant Beard, in Meguro, before joining forces with Waag to create The Blind Donkey.
The restaurant prides itself on the use of organic, fresh ingredients acquired directly from local farmers. The seafood is sustainable. The beef from Shiga and pork from Kagoshima are produced with care and both have superior flavor.
Their cooking style is simple, light, colorful and uncomplicated, elevating the quality of every ingredient.
The five-course menu prepared by Waag could be described as French/Italian with a dash of Japanese.
On the menu, there are dishes like roasted pork with daikon, grilled quail with roasted new onion and polenta and grilled ibaraki duck livers with red spinach and sesame. It all depends on the season!
The Blind Donkey is also famous for their alcohol pairings. The wines are predominantly natural and organic and carefully chosen to best match the dishes of the day.
The five-course menu - for 8,000 yen - includes a dessert, also ever changing with the seasons.
In the picture below, red shiso ice cream and meringue. YUM!

The cost must be a bit on the pricey side, but here you're paying for quality above all!

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