Code Kurkku: Japanese Italian Fusion in Yoyogi
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 is 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.
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.