A lot of restaurants in Tokyo are tiny with only a few tables, and sometimes only counter seats. Getting into some of these places is nearly impossible because I don't speak the language or I don't know any regulars who can get me in. Then there were some restaurants that I just forgot to make a reservation and had to walk in and hope for the best. 🤞
@theblinddonkey.jp was one of those. I went in fairly early and asked if there was any availability. They looked pretty booked that night by the look on the host's face when I asked. But, he graciously offered me a table with the condition that we only had one hour to seat and eat in total. I really wanted to eat there so I obliged.
There was no time for a full meal but there was enough time to have a few dishes. I felt very lucky and appreciative that they even gave me the option! It's a French/European restaurant, casual in ambience with no fancy pretense. I loved seeing classic pâté along with paella and steak on the menu. The design of the restaurant reflected the laid back vibe; it felt like you were in the chef's cozy cottage kitchen in the middle of the French countryside.
After some wonderful savory dishes, I thought I would try to sneak in some dessert. Sneaking wasn't necessary because they actually asked if we were interested in something sweet! How perfect! I opted for the shiso ice cream pavlova with honey and peaches. That dessert had my name written all over it. The creamy, herbal shiso ice cream was perfectly combined with the floral honey and the delicate pavlova. Fresh peaches added a fruity balance to all that sweet, milky goodness. What surprised me the most was the balance of the entire dish. It never got too sugary. Each element enhanced or balanced each other out. A wonderful, quick meal. I thanked them for accommodating me on such short notice! They are truly nice people and I can't wait to have a proper length meal with them next time. Arigato gozaimasu!!!