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Falo

Review excerpt: Despite Falo’s look and lineage — it’s an offshoot of Mondo, a discreet (and rather good) Italian restaurant in the swish backstreets of Jiyugaoka — it’s not in any way exclusive. In fact, the decor at Falo is simple, the setting casual and the welcome as down to earth as at any izakaya. The food, though, is a class above. Instead of the standard otoshi — the obligatory opening tidbit (coperto in Italian) — the meal opens with a selection of five small plates, such as escabeche or marinated eggplant. Modeled on the Kyoto obanzai (small-dish) tradition but using Mediterranean recipes, each is little more than a couple of bites. But they give you something to munch on as you mull what you want for your main dish.