The 2017 Tokyo Michelin guide was published just two weeks ago with relatively minimal fanfare, few, if any, surprises, and no new 3-starred restaurants. There were, however, several new one-star establishments, and Regalo, just outside of Sangubashi Station in the always-fashionable Yoyogi Koen area, is one of them. Actually, Regalo was featured in last year’s Bib Gourmand section, a collection of restaurants of both quality and affordability, but not quite warranting the coveted star. In the new red guide, Regalo has been promoted to one-star status, and it’s with good reason. Regalo offers top-notch Italian cuisine that relies heavily on seasonal Japanese ingredients. The result is a fusion cuisine that works well for a reasonable price.
It’s a fairly casual affair with pop music on the speakers, a counter/bar area facing the open kitchen, and enough seats set spaciously apart to fit around 30 people. The staff is personable, the atmosphere is welcoming, and nothing feels stuffy or pretentious.
It’s also very affordable. There is an a la carte menu, but I recommend putting yourself in the chef’s hands with any of the 3 course menus. Even the most expensive menu only costs a mere 8000 yen, inclusive of tax and service charge. One interesting point is that even in the course menu, you are given an a la carte choice for both dessert and after-dinner drink. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, you can choose to drink your dessert as we did (see below). Wine pairings are available as well for 3000, 4000, or 5000 yen (essentially 1000 yen per glass). Indeed Regalo is friendly on the wallet, and very delicious.
Let’s eat Regalo!