Most of the venues at Toranomon Yokocho are run by popular restaurants across Tokyo and Äta is no exception, with its main outlet based in the posh neighbourhood of Daikanyama. House-cured gravlax, oysters on the half shell and bubbling pots of lobster gratin are just a few of the irresistible offerings at this bistro-style seafood kitchen.
One item that’s only available at Äta’s Toranomon location is the Nagisa Afternoon Tea. Rather than being piled with cakes and scones, these tiered platters are heaped with an assortment of fresh seafood like grilled prawns, mussels in white wine sauce and octopus ajillo.
At lunchtime, the restaurant offers a European-influenced kaisendon (¥1,200) with fresh sashimi, marinated tomato and avocado over a bed of fragrant turmeric rice. If you've got a bit of rice left over towards the end of your meal, you can ask for the complimentary ginger chicken broth to pour over it and finish the rest as a bowl of ochazuke (soup over rice).