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For me, Ginza is a city of day rather than night. I often go alone or with my mother. In such a case, I always have lunch. I think it's rare to have a more affordable and fun lunch than Ginza, and there are also restaurants in GINZA SIX. Today, I'm going to check the restaurant that started the new style at lunchtime.
In addition, in fact, when I go to such a commercial facility, I like cosmetics that are not bubbly and are sucked into the cosmetic floor. GINZA SIX has a brand that I have been using since I was a high school student, and this suction force cannot be reversed.
First, go to the underground cosmetic floor. It is a spacious space for adults. In the gentle and beautiful light unique to the cosmetic floor, Clarance arrived like a pull. This is my favorite brand!
Sit at the counter immediately and enjoy chatting while watching the product. After all, I have been using it for 30 years, so I can talk about the history of crans products (laughs).
It's been 32 years since I landed in France. Clarance's products were taught that skin care elements were incorporated into everything, both foundation and lip.
One of the things I was looking at was this lip oil. It's cute.
"Comfort Lip Oil" which is very popular (3,200 yen * All prices below + tax price) is very popular. Fragrance varies depending on mint, berry and color. Let's get wet. It's very fun to see the clothes of the day at the cosmetic counter and look for a lip that looks good.
Clarance is especially rich in body items.
One of my favorites for many years is the body oil "Antio" (7,400 yen). Every day, I do a simple leg massage after the bath, but after trying various oils, I came back here. The next day's leg is not weighed.
It is of course troublesome to massage after eating out and returning home. But it's a big mistake not to do it. I think that it is continued because it is known by this oil.
Well, today I think seriously about what to buy. I bought body oil and cheeks. Others looked forward to the next time. By the way, there is also a crans spa here. I want to get a reward for myself.
After shopping, lunch time. Go to the sixth floor!
I was worried that "Jasmine Washin Hansai" started a lunch-only tea order buffet (90-minute system / 3,500 yen including tax). JASMINE, which has a head office in Hiroo, is originally a favorite store. In my own words, I talked about the dishes of chef Yusuke Yamaguchi who has worked in China. The reason why I started drinking tea in this style this time seems to be that "drinking tea is something that you can enjoy without worrying about the price." Chef Yamaguchi's dishes can't be helped easily. Expectations are growing. And GINZA SIX offers dishes with a Japanese taste, as well as Japanese and Chinese dishes.
When I visited, I found that it was a very conscientious system. The dominance made by Chinese and Japanese people can be ordered from one piece, such as steamed dumplings and shumai, and a small size of about two thirds of the usual size. Of course, it's handmade from the skin. I fill out the sheet myself and order it, but there are 45 types.
Hong Kong's dominance of the royal road. From the upper right, Jade shrimp steamed dumplings with leek, Guangdong-style shrimp steamed dumplings, kiln-baked char sie pie, and Tobiko-no-se Guangdong-style shumai. The crispy pie fabric is also handmade.
This is a unique dotted heart that incorporates Japanese ingredients and tastes, named Japanese Chinese cabbage. From the upper right, teriyaki chicken shumai with seven flavors, squid dumplings with crisp yuzu pepper flavor, Sichuan x SUKIYAKI x spring roll, steamed dumplings with fukahire Aoshiso flavor.
In addition, there are continental doctrines such as Shanghai Sharonpo, thick and thick grilled dumplings full of gravy, water dumplings and pork buns containing fermented Chinese cabbage.
From one dish, fluffy cheese crab balls, aged black vinegar pork of Shanghai-style meat dumplings, JASMINE's Mapo tofu, specially made chili sauce of peeled shrimp. Peking duck with apple-flavored sweet noodle soy sauce.
A lot of rice and noodles. Chicken okowa wrapped in lotus leaves, specially made sesame miso tan noodles, forked fried rice.
Seasonal sherbet (cherry), red bean bean paste sesame fried dumpling, tapioca matcha coconut milk, and the most favorite sweetness is JASMINE egg tart.
What surprised me when I ate a lot was that it was thin. The appetizers and soup are served at the start, and you can eat whatever you eat. So you can enjoy it with anyone. Children are OK. The next lunch with my mother is decided here! By the way, there is 5,000 yen including tax for all-you-can-drink drinks.
By the way, on one day, we recommend a new trial of "Vistro Ozami", a lunch a la carte limited to 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, without the peak time.
Speaking of Ozami, wine. He owns a huge number of wines, so he is a casual bistro, not a luxury such as Gran Van, but a list of "delicious wines that he drinks now." And this store has a bistro atmosphere and dishes that you envision.
From such a dish, I sometimes want to eat only one or two dishes with a large potion. However, there are few restaurants that play a la carte in the daytime. This is really valuable.
Patedo Kanpane (1,300 yen), the French royal road. Even if you finish lunch with a dish and wine. There are days when I feel like that.
Roast of French lamb (2,200 yen). The thighs are carefully baked in a lump one day, and cut into slices. This is a limited quantity dish.
For moist lambs, sauce made from grilled juice. The potatoes are cooked with chicken soup and herbs. It's full of volume.
About 15 kinds of glass wines of red and white foam. More than 200 bottles are on list.
Today, I chose the one from the producer of Bulggogne, which is the most modern. It is a wine that feels full of youth, but I also feel that the possibility that it is not just that blends into the scent.
Full, satisfying, after bistroozami.
After the meal, I will look around the signs of other restaurants in GINZA SIX.
Like Jasmine's buffet and Ozami's lunch a la carte, you may have started something new and interesting service and cooking that will help you to be selfish.
Just as cosmetics have new products, restaurants and menus change every season, and there are new attempts. I want to find various evolutions while walking around GINZA SIX.
Text: Chieko Asazuma Photos: Kanako Noguchi Edit: Yuka Okada
For me, Ginza is more an afternoon district than a nighttime district. I often go on my own or with my mother. I always have lunch when I’m there. Very few districts, I think, offer as many fun lunch bargains as Ginza, and this is especially true for GINZA SIX. Today I’m planning to check out some restaurants that have begun offering new lunchtime formats.
When I visit a retail complex like this, I tend to drift, not wander. I’m drawn to the cosmetics floor—I love cosmetics. GINZA SIX has brands I’ve loved since high school. I never attempt to resist the magnetic draw.
I go first to the belowground cosmetics floor, a vast and spacious area that targets adult sensibilities. In the soft and lovely light encountered only on cosmetics floors, I arrive first at Clarins, as if pulled there. I love this brand!
Right away, I sit down at the counter. I look here and there at the products. The conversation, I notice, is lively. I’ve used the brand for the past 30 years. I admit, a little sheepishly, that I can even talk about the history of the products.
The brand arrived in Japan from France 32 years ago. Clarins’ products, I’m told, all contain skin care ingredients, even the foundation and lipstick.
Of the products I look at, this appealing lip oil catches my attention.
The remarkably popular Lip Comfort Oil (3,200 yen; all prices listed before tax) comes in mint and berry and other scents, each with a different color. I have the staff person put some on immediately. At the cosmetics counter, it’s great fun to have the staff find the lip color that’s right for you, based on things like the clothes you happen to be wearing that day.
Clarins offers an especially large selection of body care items.
Of these, I’ve long been a fan of Anti-Eau body oil (7,400 yen). Each day, when I step out of the bath, I give myself a simple leg massage. After trying various oils, I’ve always come back to this. It leaves my legs feeling light the next day.
Giving yourself a massage after eating out and coming back home is, of course, a bother. But there’s a big difference between giving yourself one and not. I know this from my experience with this oil, and it’s why I stick with it.
Now I begin seriously considering what to buy. After deliberating for a while, I buy body oil and blush. I save the rest to look forward to next time. Incidentally, Clarins has a day spa here as well. I’ll have to treat myself one day.
After shopping, it’s lunchtime. Now, on to the 6th floor!
I’d heard JASMINE washinkansai had started a by-order all-you-can-eat dim sum service for lunch only (3,500 yen for 90 minutes, including tax). My interest was piqued. JASMINE, whose head restaurant is in the Hiroo district, is an establishment I’ve always liked. Unassuming chef Yusuke Yamaguchi, who’s worked in China as well, is the real deal. His nature helps explain why he began offering dim sum in this style: Because it’s fun to have dim sum here without having to worry about cost. Casual as it may be, chef Yamaguchi’s cooking never cuts corners. My sense of anticipation mounts. At GINZA SIX, the restaurant is also renowned for the washinkansai cuisine that incorporates Japanese tastes, as reflected in the restaurant name and in the food itself. I look forward to that, too.
When I visit, it’s clear the system is extremely conscientious. The dim sum is created by two people, Chinese and Japanese. You can order dishes like steamed dumplings in quantities as few as one. Moreover, the sizes are small, about two-thirds normal size. The dough, of course, is hand-made. You order by filling out an order sheet. Some 45 varieties are available.
This is classic Hong Kong dim sum. From the upper-right: Steamed jade shrimp dumplings with Chinese chives; Cantonese-style steamed shrimp dumplings; oven-baked roasted pork pie; and Cantonese-style dumplings topped with flying fish roe. The crisp pie dough is hand-made.
This unique washinkansai dim sum incorporates Japanese ingredients and flavors, which is where the restaurant gets its name. From the upper-right: shichimi-flavored teriyaki chicken dumplings; squid balls flavored with cilantro, yuzu citrus fruit, and pepper; Sichuan sukiyaki spring rolls; and shark fin dumplings flavored with green perilla.
In addition, there’s continental dim sum: Shanghai dumplings, fried dumplings with thick wrappings overflowing with savory meat juices, boiled dumplings with fermented Chinese cabbage, and steamed buns with minced pork filling.
The à-la-carte menu includes fluffy and creamy cheese crab omelette, Shanghai meatballs with sweet-and-sour pork made with aged black vinegar, JASMINE mapo dofu, and shelled shrimp with a special chili sauce. The Peking duck is served with an apple-flavored sweet bean sauce.
An extensive selection of rice and noodle dishes are offered, too, including chicken okowa wrapped and steamed in lotus leaf, dandan noodles with special sesame and miso sauce, and roasted pork fried rice.
This is the seasonable sherbet (cherry), deep-fried sesame balls with red bean paste, tapioca matcha coconut milk, and my favorite sweet dish, JASMINE egg tart.
I try various dishes. I’m surprised all are mildly flavored. The meal starts with appetizers and soup, after which you’re free to eat whatever you want. It’s something that will delight both you and anyone you come with. Children are welcome, too. Next time I have lunch with my mother, I think, this will be the place! A course menu with all-you-can-drink beverages is also available for 5,000 yen (including tax).
If it’s just you, I also recommend visiting Bistro AUX AMIS during off-peak hours and having the à-la-carte lunch from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., a new idea for the bistro.
AUX AMIS is known for its wine. The enormous selection of wine here includes not only grands vins and other high-end options, but delicious wines ready to drink now, as befits the casual bistro atmosphere. This restaurant offers both bistro fare and bistro atmosphere, just as you’d imagine it.
With food like this, I find myself wishing ardently sometimes for the option of having exactly what I want in a single large portion or trying two different dishes. Very few restaurants offer an à-la-carte menu in the afternoon, one of the things that make this bistro a treasure.
This is pâté de campagne (1,300 yen), the classic French dish. On certain days, I feel this one dish plus wine could make for an entire lunch.
This is the roast leg of French lamb (2,200 yen). One leg is slow-roasted per day, then cut into round slices. Only a limited number are served daily.
The juicy roasted lamb is covered with a sauce made from its drippings, and the potatoes are cooked in chicken stock with herbs. The generous helpings win high marks from me.
There are 15 varieties of wine by the glass, including red, white, and sparkling. The wine list offers wine by the bottle for more than 200 different wines.
Today, I choose a wine from a Bourgogne producer that’s recently been transferred to the younger generation. The wine is an overflowing of youth, but the nose is suffused with other potentialities, too.
I find myself outside Bistro AUX AMIS, full and content.
After eating, I walk around and examine the signboards of other restaurants at GINZA SIX. As with JASMINE’s all-you-can-eat lunch and AUX AMIS’ à-la-carte lunch, other places may have launched new and interesting services or cuisine to satisfy your cravings. Just as with the introduction of new cosmetics, restaurant menus change with the season in explorations of various new ideas. Wandering about GINZA SIX, I hope to see the various new forms generated by this evolution.
Text：Chieko Asazuma Photos：Kanako Noguchi Edit：Yuka Okada
Food journalist and food researcher. Writes articles for magazines like dancyu, FIGARO, and Pen. Author of numerous books. On the panel of voters for Tokyo’s Top Restaurants (Pia). Her recipe books include Exquisite and Heart-Warming Recipes for Everyday Home Cooking (Shufu to Seikatsu Sha). Teaches cooking classes at Academie du Vin. Japan Sommelier Association–certified wine expert.GINZASIX_OFFICIAL Instagram