In the Ochanomizu area, Omote is a “hidden well known restaurant.”
30 years ago, Omote was opened in a student quarter Ochanomizu with a concept, “To produce a restaurant for adult.”
“Omote” is masks used for Nohgaku and Kyogen. And the interior is also inspired by their stage. Rich caramel color wall with painted old pine tree reminds “Kagamiita,” back wall of the Nohgaku stage. Also, “Koomote,” young female mask, is decorated besides the painting. Those masks are also decorated at the entrance of private rooms on the second floor. Okami, the hostess of this restaurant, likes Nohgaku and she decorates masks according to season.
All the basalt used for interior is brought from Sasebo, Kyushu. Brushed up basalt used for counter and table top shows beautiful crests which remind us a flow of a river. Okami says, “One of the concepts is to have dishes looking at the flow of the river.”
Carefully prepared stock, skilled knife technique to bring out texture. Simply prepared dishes are directly expressing the seasonal food deliciousness. They have only course menu which follow their customers’ request and budget.
Okami goes to localities of earthenware to select dishes suited to the restaurant. Enjoying the vessel for Japanese sake is one of the ways to have a pleasure of having a course at Omote.
Seasonal vegetable sushi such as Japanese ginger, eggplant and green onion with great flavor soup. Having a Kuzukiri as a desert fulfill your appetite. To have great seasonal food, Omote is the place to give you satisfaction. You can enjoy the great essence of the seasonal Japanese food.
Jul 2017 Text: Ryoko Kuraishi Photo: Yasuo Yamaguchi