Opened at the tail end of 2015 to great acclaim, this Nishi-Azabu steakhouse offers quality Japanese meat (sourced from the owner’s pre-existing butcher’s shop) alongside a few Italian trattoria staples. The wine list is focused on Italy, there’s a short but sweet pasta menu, and the appetiser list features beef carpaccio and a caprese salad. While the Italian cooking is impressive, most people come here for the meat, which can be viewed in its pre-cooked state in a display fridge at the centre of the restaurant. The steaks come in a vast variety of cuts and styles; for the indecisive – or the preternaturally hungry – there’s a massive ‘steak all-stars’ platter, featuring the day’s selection of beef and pork.
A popular pick is the hamburg steak, a yoshoku staple, made here from a mix of aged beef cuts and served with asparagus, baby corn and mashed potato. The décor at CSP is all beige and brown; a bit drab, frankly, but saved by some eccentric touches: a single painting of a dog (the head chef’s, we’re told), a small assortment of children’s toys and – hanging in the kitchen – a 2015 calendar of horse photography (the owner is a horse-racing fanatic). But you’re not here for the atmosphere, of course. You’re here for the meat – and the meat is seriously good.
|Venue name:||Carneya Sanoman's Purveyors|
KHK Nishi-Azabu Bldg, 3-17-25 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm (last orders 2pm), 6pm-11pm (9.30pm); Sat 11.30am-3pm (2pm), 5.30pm-10.30pm (9pm) / closed Sun, no lunch Mon|
|Transport:||Hiroo Station (Hibiya line), exit 3|