A simple but well-constructed food menu, a gorgeous setting, and affordable prices combine to give I/R Second House a unique appeal for Shirokanedai diners. Floor-to-celing windows in the main dining room offer a panoramic view of Shirokanedai intersection, while the huge terrace looks out over Platinum-dori, with ample seating and plenty of room between tables.
Charcoal-grilled meats and vegetables are the main focus of the menu, simply prepared to showcase the high quality of the beef, lamb, pork and produce. Grilled platters are big enough to share, and photogenically arranged with attractive vegetables and mounds of fresh-ground pepper and rock salt. There are also gourmet burgers and a range of creative pizzas.
Service is friendly, although a bit more casual than you might expect. Drinks include a diverse wine list, with many bottles priced at Y4000, and several very good US craft beers on tap. Unfortunately our beer menu was somewhat vague on details like brewery names, so we had to ask - hopefully they will sort this out at some point.
In addition to table seating, there's an eleven-seat counter where you can just have a drink. Guest beers are Y1050 for a 560ml pour; and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is Y900. Budget around Y4000 for dinner with drinks, or Y1000 at lunchtime.
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