Updated: November 26, 2019
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L'IGNIS in Ebisu serves AMAZING firewood-grilled cuisine!


Good restaurants abound in Ebisu, but L'IGNIS is one that you should put on your bucket list because it's not only great, it also serves something you hardly ever see in Tokyo: firewood-grilled meats!

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You don't see restaurants in Tokyo using firewood to cook their food very often, but this is how L'IGNIS in Ebisu grills its meats!
It takes about a 5-min walk from Ebisu station to get there.

"Ignis" in Latin apparently means bonfire, and the concept is reflected in the atmosphere created by the bonfire-like warmth of the lighting.

French-style tapas menu

The chef at L'IGNIS is trained in French cuisine but the foods created are a fusion from the cuisine of different cultures.

Here you have a red shrimp, green curry sauté (¥950). It has kale, tomatoes, shrimps that are grilled and partly deep-fried. It's just a little hot and the sweetness of the coconut milk balances out the spiciness perfectly.

This dish is a feast for the eyes, and it goes really well with a glass of sparkling wine so you might want to have it as a first entrée.
The menu changes with the seasons. If you go there in early winter as we did, you might be able to enjoy this colourful smoked salmon and brussel sprout pasta (¥1,400). The house-smoked salmon is strong-flavoured and very delicious.
Once you've had a few entrées, you simply have to try one of their signature cuts of meat grilled on over firewood. The grill was specifically designed for burning wood logs.
Because there is a certain amount of humidity in the firewood, the grilling is a bit different. You'll notice that the meat has a nice glazy surface.
The most popular meat menu item is this dry-aged 150g sirloin (¥5,000).

Because it's carefully aged for 55 days, the meat is really tender, and the grilling over firewood infuses it with an exquisite woody scent.
It's served with some salt and mustard but you should first taste it as is.
An even more interesting twist you can give it is by adding a few drops of the firewood oil served with it. You can an even more intense woody taste.

If you've experienced teppan grilled meats in Japan, this is an interesting different twist that you should try to compare.

In closing...

L'IGNIS with its warm atmosphere seems like the perfect venue to enjoy a gorgeous meal during the cold months of the year. Give it a try for some original cuisine in Ebisu.
Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.

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