English Reviews (Reviews Total Language : 43 reviews)
“Dinner for 30”
We hosted a team dinner for 30 at Argento ASO. The food and service were fantastic. Argento ASO is conveniently located in central Tokyo.
Visited December 2016
“A Lovely Evening”
I have to agree with a previous review; this is not an Italian restaurant but more of a French/Japanese restaurant. The food was good and presented beautifully. We dined there on the recommendation of a friend who loves the restaurant. It was very good but really doesn't deserve more than one Mic...helin star. There are so many other choices in Tokyo that I can't say that we will return. One thing that I found strange was that while dining we were looking down in to what appeared to be a beauty college. They were going full swing doing haircuts and color. It was all a bit odd as far as settings are concerned.
Visited May 2016
“Mother's Day made perfect”
Argento Aso couldn't have done more to make my Mother's Day lunch perfect. I booked online and they rang the following day to ask about mother's food likes and dislikes, flowers for the Mother's Day presentation box. Not being a food critic and now almost two weeks after the event, I can't go throu...gh the myriad beautifully presented courses but to say that the meal was not so much Italian as Italian with a Japanese lightness of touch. The highlights were the fresh sea urchin, the miniature foie-gras ball rolled in toasted sesame, the caviar on blini with marscapone, the olive topped with the teeniest tomato, followed by pasta with squid. The main plate of the tenderest pink fillet of lamb slices with not a fat in sight, crisp fried pieces of offal or lamb neck ( my fault, lost in translation, my head nodding eagerly at their description but only guessing). The delicious "whatever it was" added just the right amount of richness with the gravy. Two choices of pudding from four, so fine and so delicate neither mother nor I were out-phased. Never thought wafer thin pineapple rings could be so delicious. The coffee came with beautifully displayed petit fours and strawberries. All this for just ¥8000 per person.( Could have opted for the ¥5000 but after all it was Mother's Day.) The boxed flower display contained red roses as requested, and the two Swarovski ladybirds ( alas, not to be taken home) on the table a nice touch.The service was exceptional, especially the Maitre d' whose enthusiasm for the food and solicitous concern at the beginning of the meal that mother not find the foe gras and crisp fried offal/ neck too " rich" were spot on( I had requested a non- rich, light food for mother). You just knew that if she demurred he had something else to offer. As it turned out, we couldn't fault the elegance and balance of flavours, as my very pleased, very difficult to please mother said as she left " you could taste the true flavour of every gorgeous ingredient."So many thanks Argento Aso.
Visited May 2016
“NOT Italian......and not very good”
No veal, no pork, no homemade pasta or bread. No braised oxtail, no wine reduction, no earthy meat sauce. No parmesan or prosciutto, no pancetta or fregola. No balsamic, no assortment of olive oils. No full bar. At one point during my meal I could only smile. I was eating foie gras and drinkin...g French chardonnay in what the waiter had assured me was an Italian restaurant. A quick look over the wine list as I was seated had me doubting - nearly every label over four or five pages was French. Foie gras and crème brulee. Wines from France, olives from Spain. Bamboo shoots, simmered fish. Asahi Super Dry. It's easy to understand why this French-kaiseki place lost its two Michelin stars. Let's cut the crap - Argento is NOT Italian. It's an all-too-common sham Tokyo eatery pandering to a Japanese clientele that adores everything French and wouldn't know penne from a Peroni. Japanese diners (and foreigners enthralled with all things Japanese) get what they love the most: a trendy, sparkling dining room; a set-only menu with no danger of having to make their own choices; and tiny, tiny bits of food that are more art than edible. This is safe food straight from the standard ryokan, except without the hot springs baths and straw mat rooms. Washoku simply doesn't work as Italian, or anything else, and certainly not for nearly 30,000-yen. Too many things were wrong to enumerate. The flavors were understated to the point of boring and the presentations pretentious bordering on asinine, the most laughable being a simmered fish (kaiseki!!) served atop an inverted fishbowl inside of which were small, artfully-arranged houseplants. See the photos for yourself. Thank you, Argento.....I have now eaten dinner off of a terrarium. The attempt at pasta was miserable: tasteless greens over what was clearly dry-packaged spaghetti and absolutely shameful in a country that prides itself on noodles. The dish lacked flavor and even simple seasoning, which was true of nearly every course save the tasty nugget of beef filet and creamy barley risotto. And for dessert? Panna cotta AND creme brulee? Custard-like and custard? No chocolate, no cake, no espresso powder or marscapone in any of the three dessert courses. I'm not looking for veal parmesan, checkered tablecloths, and Dean Martin. I want innovation based on authentic Italian. Show me that Italian is at least as good as French, because it is and can be better. At the very end, a final stab: I'm guessing the manager didn't realize how rude it was to abruptly walk away from me during my very calm and measured tirade to cash out another customer. I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt because Japanese people don't complain like Westerners, or they simply don't know foreign food enough to know when they're being cheated. In any case, it was one final head-shaker in an extremely disappointing evening.
Visited April 2016
What I liked most about Argento Aso was the ambiance, the dessert, the view, and the service. The food was pretty good but I've had better at a much lower cost. As with any fine dining experience, the presentation of the dishes was excellent but the gazpacho was not functional. It was in a deep g...lass and about 1/4 full, so it was hard to get the last bits out. I tend to prefer chocolaty desserts and have never been excited or impressed with other types. Just my personal preference. However, their ice cream with pineapple that was half submerged in clear carbonated beverage was divine. That was hands down one of the best desserts I've ever had.
Visited September 2015