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!