Monday, November 7, 2016

Bistro Marx (Tokyo, JAPAN) ★★★☆☆

This was still a work in progress when we came to Tokyo last year but the transformation was finally complete this September. Nissan Gallery Building is now officially Ginza Place. The newest landmark building in the heart of Ginza will again house the flagship showroom of Nissan while also play host to several upscale restaurants and cafes.

We're here to check one of the prized openings at Ginza Place - Bistro Marx, a casual-fine dining restaurant that combines a fine dining restaurant, bistro and café (or bar, depends how you look at it) all under the same roof.

Bistro Marx is the brainchild of two Michelin starred chef Thierry Marx who's a brilliant French chef and expert in molecular gastronomy. But with Bistro Marx, he will solely focus on bringing some hearty French bistro dishes to the gourmet capital of Asia.

What I really like about Bistro Marx is their operating hours. The bistro opens daily from 11AM to 11PM while the bar stays open until 2AM. That's far later than the usual Ginza standard making it the perfect spot for a late dinner after a busy day of shopping in the area.

The restaurant literally sits right on top of the busy Ginza crossing so needless to say, the night view at their balcony here is simply amazing.

We already had something to eat this evening so all we needed was a couple of snacks to keep our tummies happy.

Scallop ceviche (1,800yen) - These were sashimi-grade scallops marinated with Japanese wine and served with cauliflower couscous, chopped garlic and green onion. A very simple dish with pretty decent results.

Marx's Burger (2,900yen) - Burger as a snack at this hour?

This was made with lean wagyu beef sandwiched between light and buttery brioche buns. Serving on the side were some homemade French fries, pickles and a rich tomato fondue and creamy bearnaise sauce in place of the usual ketchup and mayo.

While the two dishes we ordered didn't wow us in any way, we were very impressed with the service provided here. They truly made us feel like VIPs the moment we stepped through those doors.

Food Rating: 4.5/10
Price: ¥¥¥
Address: 7/F Ginza Place 5-8-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Closest Metro Station: Ginza
Tel: +81 050-5592-6560

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