A friend and I dined at Bar Haru Restaurant in Tokyo's Kojimachi district. Tucked away on a sidestreet, on the B1 floor of a very plain looking building, Haru is not the kind of place you readily stumble upon.
There were only two of us there when we first went in, at midday. We were soon joined, but by only another two, at a nearby table.
However, unlike a lot of restaurants where lack of customers is a warning sign, Haru could well be the proverbial undiscovered treasure.
The menu is a la France. We went for the five-course lunch menu of the three lunch menus offered, being the priciest at 3,500 yen.
The impeccable service was the first thing that struck us even before the very tasty bread arrived (two types, one wholegrain, attentively topped up). Warm, incredibly polite, and with enough English to enlighten us about the food being served.
The deliciously creamy pumpkin soup, the crisp, market-fresh salad, the plate of amuses including an unforgettable piece of duck pate, the mutton main dish that took me back to days around the family dinner table as a boy—the meal told a story, with the delectable conclusion of a piece of rich fruit cake with ice cream. Tea or coffee was then served.
Bar Haru Restaurant is a chic, modern, unpretentious restaurant where food is taken seriously, and delight is had in presenting it. Lunch was a treat enough in itself. Dinner awaits next time!
Bar Haru Restaurant
Kojimachi 285 Building, B1
Kojimachi 2-8-5, Chiyoda-ku
Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm Mon-Sat
Dinner/Bar 6:00 pm - midnight Mon-Fri, till 11:00 pm weekends/public holidays
Nearest station: Hanzomon (about 3 mins), also close to Kojimachi Station (about 5 mins)
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