Da Olmo(ダ オルモ、神谷町)

I work in Kamiyacho, a business district in central Tokyo.  I was browsing through the Michelin guide to see if there were any restaurants in this area, and was happy to find Da Olmo, a one-star Italian restaurant featuring simple, yet beautifully prepared dishes from Northern Italy.  In 2015, Da Olmo was listed as a “Bib Gourmand” restaurant, but was promoted to one star in the 2016 guide.  I knew I had to go.

At 7000 yen for the dinner course, this is one of the best values for a Michelin-starred restaurant in Tokyo.  Wine starts at 800 yen a glass, making it easy to enjoy a fantastic, authentic Italian meal for two with plenty of drinks for under 25,000 yen.  We let the staff choose the wine to pair with each dish.  All I told them was I don’t like anything too dry, and they were able to pick delicious wines that went perfectly with every dish, every time.

Attentive and friendly service, a knowledgeable sommelier, and a boisterous (but never obnoxious) atmosphere round out Da Olmo as a real winner.

Hidden on a side-street in an area of Tokyo that is somewhat deserted on the weekends, this restaurant feels like an undiscovered gem.  Highly recommended for any occasion.

Let’s eat Da Olmo!

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Bread was served warm with our glass of prosecco.

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Appetizer plate.  From the bottom, R to L – carpaccio, fried gori fish, mackerel, spicy anzu beans in a tomato sauce, smoked duck (amazing), and a “cake” made from soba flour, milk, and ham.

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Tai (red snapper) and fresh tomato pasta.

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The highlight of the meal- risotto with loads of parmesan topped with a generous portion of shaved black truffles. I’d go back for this dish alone.

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Main option one- duck served rare with seasonal vegetables, all expertly prepared and delicious.

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Main option two- Que fish (longtooth grouper) served with its scaled fried like a senbei cracker. Same vegetables as the duck. I preferred the fish, Midori preferred the duck.

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A cheese plate featuring Danish, French, and Belgian cheeses. Perfect with the bread.

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Rum raisin ice cream, panna cotta topped with kinkan (Japanese kumquat), and hazelnut cake. A great finish with my cappuccino.

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