10/21/2017 Updated Review:
Rating: Very good
Meal: Dinner for 2
Price: 2775 yen
Payment: Cash only
Dishes: Eggplant soaked in balsamic vinegar, green salad with salami, red wine braised pork, gorgonzola pizza with honey
English Menu: Yes
I'm changing this to a Very Good after eating here last night with my wife. They have were shut for a long time, but came back with a menu that is more French than Italian. We both really liked the food, and it was quite reasonable in price. Probably the nicest place close to where we live, so we hope to go back.
Price: 3150 yen
Payment: Cash only
Dishes: Liver pate and cream zucchini pasta
English Menu: No
|Cream zucchini pasta|
The menu was just a titch more difficult to read than I had hoped, but I could make out "leba pesto" (which was liver pate it turns out) in the antipasto section and I could tell there were several pasta and pizza dishes, all of which were more than I would normally pay, but hey, this was for the review. I had to ask if any of them used cream, and she pointed to a special on the board saying it was basil cream and I said yeah, that sounded fine.
The liver pate was pretty good, if a bit mild. I like mine with bite. But there was honey also, which was a first for me. I drizzled some on the liver with cracker and it complemented the flavor nicely. The pasta dish arrived and it was plenty of food (you never know with these places) and the pasta itself was nicely al dente. The aroma and overall taste was very "green" like a leaf, not a particularly heavy pesto flavor, like they just blended up a bunch of basil leaves with the cream sauce. It was good, but I could have done with more body to the sauce. I likes my cheese. The nice surprise was the inclusion of mushrooms (a japanese variety) and zucchini, which I love. It helped make up for the lack of any meat with good texture.
Overall, I would give this place a Very Good, were it not for the exorbitant prices. As such, I have to drop them down to an Ok.