Sasajima won his reputation on the strength of the very Japanese touches he gives his Italian dishes. But at code kurkku, he dials back on the inflections of shojin temple cuisine (much as he does at Il Ghiottone Cucineria, his more casual second restaurant in Kyoto). Even so, there are plenty of intriguing cross-cultural touches.
Code kurkku: Kyoto-Italian cuisine in Yoyogi Village
Name (J) コードクルック
Lunch price range
¥1,000 - ¥2,000
Dinner price range
¥5,000 or more
Excellent refined Kyoto-Italian cuisine, in a fantastic setting.
The service has heart but is not yet up to speed.
Drinks Beer from ¥700; highball ¥700; cocktails from ¥800; sake from ¥700; wine from ¥700/glass, ¥3,500/bottle; spirits from ¥700.
Number of seats 36 (plus 12 in the lobby).
BGM Jazz-inflected AOR (Steely Dan, etc.).
Smoking Smoking permitted
Yoyogi Village, 1-28-9 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Daily lunch 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (last order); cafe 2:30-4 p.m.; dinner 6-11 p.m. (last order). Bar open 6 p.m.-3 a.m. (Sunday till midnight).
Cash, Credit Card
Transport From Yoyogi JR Station (South Exit), cross to the kōban (police box) and continue walking in the direction of Sangubashi. After the subway exit (Exit A1), turn down the first street to the left (by the Yozemi TV-Net building). The entrance to Yoyogi Village is on your left after about 50 meters.