The LX Japanese tavern | Tasca Kome
Yuko Yamamoto is the lady Chef behind Tasca Kome. Before opening it, she used to be dedicated teaching others, in her own house, how to put flavor and authenticity into japanese dishes. Gotta tell you that I visited this restaurant for the first time right after its opening in 2013, but only after massive fails because it was always full (good for them, annoying as hell for me!). But since then, I can’t avoid ordering everytime the same – do you know those signature dishes you can’t run away from? That’s what you’ll find here. With their daily menus at lunch, it’s the only time I let loose and follow their suggestions.
So, like a good food control freak inspector I am – the disease where you find yourself controlling every bits of food that comes to the table – the must order courses are Takoyaki (octopus balls), salmon Zukedon (marinated salmon with sushi rice and ikura / 13,50€), mackerel ceviche japanese style (with miso and ginger / 12,00€) and Kakuni (pork belly with soy and sake sauce / 7,00€).
For dessert, there are two rivals always fighting for my approval: the parmesan cheesecake and the green tea chiffon cake (served with azuki bean paste and green tea ice cream) – both divine! They have other chiffon cake flavors besides green tea. This is the first place I’ve found a similar option to kasutera sponge cake (from Nagasaki region) after Castella do Paulo tea room closing in Terreiro do Paço.
Don’t miss: The excellent matcha cappuccino at the end with the dessert, done the traditional way.
Hot tip: Their lunch menu costing 9,50€ per person including miso soup, salad and the fish or meat for main with a rice bowl.
Average price: 20,00€ – 25,00€ per person (excluding drinks)
Contact: (+351) 211 340 117
Address: Rua da Madalena, 57, Lisboa
Opened from Wednesday to Sunday (12:00pm to 3:00pm, 7:00pm to 11:00pm) / Closed on Monday and Tuesday
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