Salad Nicoise set from gurumebin.com
Matt Wilce kicks
back and orders in some tasty treats
Gone are the days when delivery was
restricted to pizza chains, chop suey or noodles from the local soba shop. Now a whole new
menu of gourmet takeout is available with everything from stuffed eggplant and foie gras
terrine to apple raisin bread pudding and vintage wines delivered direct to your door.
Heres our pick of Tokyos best delivery deals.
Apple raisin bread pudding from gurumebin.com
Courtesy of gurumebin.com
Leading the trend is
gurumebin.com, who operate a new concept in home delivery in the Minato-ku and Shibuya-ku
areas. Rather than producing the food themselves, gurumebin take orders for four different
restaurants, collect the food and then deliver it. Customers can choose from bagel
sandwiches and deli dishes from Tribeca Deli, gourmet pizza and salads from Pizza Express,
curries and nan from e-Indian Curry, and authentic French cuisine prepared by renowned
chef Phillippe Batton at Le Petit Bedon. So whether you fancy a garlic chicken tikka
(JY1000) and mushroom paneer (JY1000) or a Fiorrentina pizza (JY1600) with salad Nicoise
(JY1500), there are plenty of tasty options. In the future an additional wine delivery
service will complement the smoked roast salmon with green vegetables and red wine sauce
(JY3400), foie gras terrine (JY3500) and sea bass carpaccio (JY3000).
Express' Fiorentino pizza delivered by gurumebin.com
Minimum order JY2000. At
present all dishes must be ordered from the same restaurants menu, and mixed orders
from the four restaurants cannot be processed. Delivery area limited to selected areas of
Minato-ku and Shibuya-ku. Orders taken: 9am-2pm and 5-10pm Mon-Fri, 10:30am-2pm and 6-9pm
Sat, Sun & holidays (lunch orders should be placed by 11am, final orders for Tribeca
Deli dishes is 7pm Mon-Fri, 6pm Sat & Sun). Cash on delivery. Tel: 03-5411-2055, fax:
The freshly baked croissants, pain au chocolat and chocolate brownies at this takeout and
delivery deli are dished up by a former chef from The Hotel Okura. The gourmet menu ranges
from pepper steak with potato mash and roast vegetables (JY1250) and salmon steak with
salad and roast vegetable (JY1200) to smoked salmon and caper cream cheese sandwich
(JY650) and panini (JY550). Sides of cous cous (JY450) and salad are also available.
Tempting dessert options include creme brulee (JY300), chocolate mousse (JY300) and carrot
cake (JY350). Liquid options range from homemade soup to fruit smoothies.
Delivery area limited to Toranomon, Kamiyacho, Onarimon, Roppongi and Akasaka.
Mon-Fri. Closed Sat, Sun and holidays. 3-20-6 Toranomon, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-5405-4473.
New York Deli
This authentic slice of the Big Apple claims to be Japans only Jewish deli, and true
to form they carry kosher meat sandwiches. If youre craving pastrami on rye (JY1300)
or a reuben (JY1450) this is the place to get a good American-size deli sandwich with
pickles, sauerkraut and onion slices. Other lunch options include Manhattan clam chowder
(JY450), cobb salad with chicken, avocado and blue cheese (JY890) and gravalax
pumpernickel bagel (JY1400). Be sure to save room for the NY-style cheesecake (JY500) and
brownie (JY350), though.
Minimum order JY2000. Orders taken 9am-7:30pm Mon-Fri (no delivery 3-5pm), closed weekends
and holidays. Delivery to Akasaka, Roppongi and Toranomon. B1, 2-19-11 Akasaka, Minato-ku.
Tel: 03-3583-1708. www.koshertokyo.com
burgers and salad from Homeworks
Courtesy of Homeworks
Since 1985 Homeworks has
been known for their char-broiled fare, and claim to be Japans first gourmet burger
joint. In addition to the cheeseburger (JY1530) and avocado burger (JY1530), there are
healthy options such as the turkey burger (JY1380) and golden veggie burger (JY1350).
Vegetarians have more options than usual with a tofu sandwich (JY930), grilled eggplant
(JY930) and garbanzo sandwich (JY930) in addition to a range of salads. Side dishes
include fried chicken (JY1580), minestrone soup (JY500) and Caesar salad (JY400). With
four branches in three different wards-Shibuya-ku, Minato-ku and Chuo-ku-Homeworks has one
of the widest distribution areas.
Minimum order JY2000.
Orders from 9:30am. Delivery 11am-8:30pm Mon-Sat, 11am-5:30pm Sun and holidays. Aoyama
branch tel: 03-3497-1515, fax: 03-3497-1717. Hiroo branch tel: 03-3444-4560, fax:
03-3444-4644. Aazabu Juban branch tel: 03-3405-9884 and fax: 03-3405-9913. Kyobashi branch
tel: 03-3535-7524, fax: 03-3535-7534.
While Chinese is a delivery staple, Korean food is a rarity when it comes to takeout.
Redressing the situation, Shimon, which specializes in soup, offers fine cuisine from the
neighboring peninsula direct to your door. Traditional Korean broths include beef stock
with rice noodles (with rice, JY1600) and Korean gyoza soup (JY1600). In addition to
kimchee-five kinds at JY500-are more outrEdelicacies like ishimochiyaki (grilled blue
drum fish, JY2100) and tofu chige (spicy soup with rice, JY1600). A wide variety of
noodles, stir-fried Calbi and vegetable dishes round off the extensive menu.
Minimum order is three dishes. Open: 5pm-7am Mon-Sat, closed Sun. Delivery within
Minato-ku. 1-5-5 Azabu Juban, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-3470-5889.