Code Kurkku: Japanese Italian Fusion in Yoyogi, Tokyo

Code Kurkku: Japanese Italian Fusion in Yoyogi, Tokyo

by Nano Betts

If you are an expat in Tokyo looking for a delicious western food, or a tourist who is not particularly thrilled about or interested in Japanese food, I think I found a place in town which would satisfy your cravings plus provide a fantastic ambiance to hang out with friends or loved one.

I recently collaborated with Code kurkku via Savvy Tokyo to feature their tasting menu, which beautifully marries Japanese and Italian cuisines. Japanese have a unique ability to adopt everything foreign and make it uniquely “theirs” and Code Kurkku is a good example of that. Chef Yasuhiro Sasajima strives to make the most of seasonal Japanese ingredients to create unique Italian dishes. I couldn’t help but admire the high-ceilinged sleek interior, strongly influenced by a Scandinavian aesthetic. On one hand: a harmonious combination of glass, blonde wood and lush vertical garden, on the other; exposed brick walls, leather furniture and gorgeous hanging light fixtures, together setting a laid-back but chic tone.

In terms of food, we enjoyed all the courses of our tasting menu, but their risotto i​s what I’d go back for any time. That first rich mouthful of perfectly cooked rice, soft-boiled egg and foie gras topped with shaved white truffle blew me away with its intense flavor. Sweet corn was cutting through the savory taste of the foie and provided a wonderful textural contrast. I kept plunging into my pot for seconds with aplomb.

Desserts are also worthy of accolades. My eye skipped straight to the dessert options as soon as we sat down because I caught sight of the Crepe Suzette – a real pièce de résistance.

Justin and I ended the dinner at their adjacent cozy yet vibrant bar. With comfortable leather couches, dim lights and a DJ there to entertain you till 3.00 a.m., it provides a perfect atmosphere to chill and enjoy the night.

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