Kabi | Restaurant | Natural wines | Tokyo

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Kabi HeartHeartHeart
Restaurants and bars
Open: Lunch Sat - Sun, random opening days
Price: Moderate

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Phone Number: +81 3 6451 2413
Address: 4 Chome-10-8
Meguro, 153-0063
Country: Japan

Our meal at Kabi in Tokyo was one of the most satisfying and enjoyable meals we’ve had for a long time.
A talented, focussed young team, a beautiful restaurant (even the toilet) respectful to the building which houses it and delicious food which, while unique, is firmly rooted in the place where it is and the time of year.
One thing we discovered that is part of the story is the farmer growing the vegetables. The flavours are deep and the vegetables have great structure. It turns out he’s a young man, even younger than the Kabi team, working organically, who turned up offering them vegetables he was selling to restaurants out of a backpack. Kabi bought all of his year’s crop and it sounds like the farmer is now as much a part of the restaurant as the kitchen, equally as curious about how to coax the most flavour from his produce. We can only imagine what he will bring them at the height of summer.
The kitchen is run by Shohei Yasuda and Kiriko Nakamura who have extensive experience in their trade. Shohei, for example, cooked at Kadeau in Copenhagen, which we have never been to but is held in awe by many of our friends who have been there. The wine is under the control of the very talented Kentaro Emoto who served us many times at NORA in Melbourne. He has an uncanny knack of finding just the right pairing for even the most obscure flavour profiles. And all of the wines he serves are natural.
A must visit restaurant for future trips to Tokyo.

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