Le Petit Tonneau: Azabu-Juban
Phone: 03-3454-1075
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Azabu-Juban / French
Azabu-Juban 2-14-2. Open 11:30am-3, 6-11pm (LO) daily.
Sun: Open Sundays

This third branch of chef Philippe Batton's popular bistro-cafe seems even more Gallic than the other locations, perhaps because it looks out onto one of Tokyo's rare public plazas. The black-and-white photos hanging from the mirrored walls and the close-packed tables topped with cheerful checked tablecloths set the mood perfectly.

Service is friendly, and staff are ready to help you choose from among the twenty wines by the glass, mostly from Roussillon, Langedouc and other southwestern French regions. The bar menu offers wine-compatible nibbles like a tasty rillette sandwich, or you can explore the more serious restaurant menu. There you'll find dishes like bouillabaisse, crispy confit of rabbit leg spring roll with porcini, and several of chef Batton's signature dishes such as fresh foie gras sauteed with turnips. Everything on the main menu comes in your choice of full- or tapas-size portions.

by Bjorn Katz
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