Situated in a quiet street of Kagurazaka, this French bistro should not be missed! Fate brought me here when my friends and I were wandering around the district in search for dinner. Unfortunately, they did not have enough seating to accommodate us at that time. I vowed to come back and try their food. Thankfully, it was my birthday in two weeks. When my mom asked me where I wanted to celebrate, I immediately asked her to make a reservation for Maison de la Bourgogne.
It’s safely ensconced from the hustle and bustle of Kagurazaka providing you with a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. Perfect for wine and deep conversations! They have outside seating facing the street which is a great addition, provided it wasn’t 35 degrees outside. Inside seating was quite comfortable. Ask to be seated in the booths! Service was not rushed, and servers were attentive.
Beware, there’s no English translation on their menu. All items are only in French and Japanese. I’m not a huge fan of wine, nor am I a connoisseur but their wine list is extensive (and a little expensive). For dinner, they offer both a la carte and course menus which you can check here. We chose to get the four course menu for ¥4,200, such a bargain! All dishes come in large portions that I was afraid I would not to be able to finish them. A lot of reviews mention that the desserts were lackluster, but I thought that was the best part! (Maybe because mine came with a special message and a birthday candle.)
Best accessed through Oedo line by Iidabashi station.
3-6-5 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku
Weekdays from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, 6 PM to 10 PM
Weekends & Holidays from 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM
Iidabashi, Kagurazaka (French Quarter)
Date Night, Business Dinner, Birthday Celebration
This was a perfect blend of sweet and savory. With this appetizer, you can easily see the creativity that comes with Maison’s dishes. I would have never expected this combination but it works well.
I’m not a huge fan of shrimp so I actually gave it to my mom who said it was very tender and sweet. Personally, I think the soup would have been better served warm. I liked the crunchiness of the popcorn. Again, very creative! The corn was overpowered by the seafood though. All in all, it was good but I don’t think I will order it again.
Foie Gras de Canard, Confit au Porto, Chutney aux Tamarins
(Duck Liver, Confit in Porto, Tamarind Chutney)
Franck, my sister’s fiancé ordered this. I wish I ordered it also because it was wonderful! I paired it with the bread that the restaurant served. Those few bites were heaven on my tongue! I felt a bit guilty enjoying this so I was praying with every bite that the duck liver was humanely procured.
Caillettes de Canard aux Fruits de Saison, Courgettes, Sauce au Poivre
(Duck Caillettes with Seasonal Fruits, Zucchini, Pepper Sauce)
For my main dish, I ordered caillettes because I wanted to be adventurous. For those who don’t know, caillettes are hamburger-like steaks made of meat innards. Whew! Boy, was I wrong to order this! Not only was the pepper sauce too spicy for me, the meat in itself had a weird taste. I managed to finish 2 patties but I knew I could not eat more. The only consolation I had were the fruits and vegetables. They tasted amazing!
Daurade Croustillante en Nage de Wasabi et Cromesquis de Riz
(Crispy Bream and Rice in Wasabi Sauce)
I’ve never heard of bream before but it’s a lot like tilapia, white fresh water fish. The crispy rice and fish goes great together. The wasabi sauce tasted nothing like wasabi, but it was still great according to my brother!
Vol-au-Vent de Homard, Caviar d‘Aubergine, Coulis de Poivron Rouge
(Lobster Vol-au-Vent, Eggplant Caviar, Red Pepper Coulis)
Plated beautifully, any seafood lover would appreciate this. My mom certainly did! Lobsters and shrimps are not my specialty (because I don’t eat enough of them) but I’m tempted to try and cook this. It just looks so pretty! If I were to cook this, I would serve it with some asparagus and dill sauce. Yum!
Bavette d’Aloyau Poêlée et Légumes Certs, Crème de Réglisse
(Sirloin Flank, Sautéed Greens, Licorice Cream)
Cooked medium but still melts on your mouth.
Crème Brûlée à l’Amande, Pêche Pochée, Crumble de Citron
(Almond Crème Brûlée in Poached Peach, Lemon Crumble)
Mine came with chocolate and a birthday message. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the crème brûlée was actually in a pear cup! I enjoyed devouring this dessert!
Tarte aux Fruits
Balanced amount of pie crust and fruit. Wish it would have been served warm.
Macaron au Café, Cœur Sorbet au Chocolat
(Coffee Macaron with Chocolate Sorbet)
My mom complained that the macaron was served hard. I reasoned that it must be because they make it into an ice cream sandwich. They probably had to freeze it to keep the ice cream from melting. She was not pleased but I was. I kept eating off her plate, and she was happy to share it with me. I loved the mix of coffee and the chocolate. It’s always been a great combination!
Gaufres de Bruxelles Croustillantes, Ananas Caramélisé à la Cannelle, Glace au Lait de Coco
(Belgian Waffle, Caramelized Cinnamon Pineapple, Coconut Milk Ice Cream)
All this needs is a caramel sauce, and it would be perfect! Never been fond of coconut ice cream or pineapple fruit but it just works on this dessert. Takes me back to the tropics! Fantastic for breakfast I think, sans ice cream.