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Alter Ego

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Alter Ego is an Italian restaurant located in the Jimbocho neighborhood of Tokyo. The restaurant specializes in 'Italian food with Japanese ingredients' and is owned by Yoji Tokuyoshi, a world gourmet guide award-winning chef who brought his traditional Italian cuisine from Milan to Tokyo.

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Alter Ego Description

Alter Ego is an Italian restaurant located in the Jimbocho neighborhood of Tokyo. It was opened by Yoji Tokuyoshi, the owner-chef of Ristorante TOKUYOSHI in Milan, Italy. The restaurant's name refers to Tokuyoshi's desire to showcase his culinary vision in his 'other-self'. The restaurant's theme is 'equilibrio' or 'balance' and the ingredients used are primarily sourced from Japan, with domestic products like eggs and sea salt from Tokuyoshi's hometown of Tottori Prefecture being used simply to present a vision of Italy in Japan.
The restaurant's Head Chef is Hidehito Hirayama, a former Sous-Chef at Ristorante Tokuyoshi. The full-course menu changes monthly and features creative specialties like delivery pizza-style bite-sized snacks and gyotaku. Alter Ego also takes a unique approach to wine pairing and soup pairing, with the wine list prominently featuring Champagne and Italian natural wines. The restaurant has only 8 counter seating on the first floor and private rooms on the second floor that can accommodate children aged 10 and up. The exterior of the restaurant is decorated with sugitama and the walls have the same green color as Ristorante TOKUYOSHI in Milan.
The restaurant's theme of 'Japanese food with Italian ingredients' at the Milan location is inverted at the Tokyo location, which specializes in 'Italian food with Japanese ingredients'. The specialty of the house is the 'Milkmaid Pasta', which was created after an encounter with a mozzarella craftsman who raises water buffalo in Chiba Prefecture. Tokuyoshi's vision is to carry on a variety of traditions that convey a sense of nostalgia. The chefs perform various tasks like kneading pasta dough, making noodles, and slicing culatello cured ham with a Berkel slicer in front of the guests. Alter Ego provides a great atmosphere to enjoy a meal with family and friends.

Alter Ego Overview

Address

2-2-32 Kandajimbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0051

Phone

+81 (0) 3-6380-9390

Access

Tokyo Metro Jimbocho station, 1 minute walk.

Operating Hours

Mon: Closed
Tues-Fri: 5-11 PM
Sat: 12-1:30 PM, 5-11 PM
Sun: Closed

Payment methods

Cash, VISA, AMEX, Master Card, JCB, Diners Club

Restaurant Features

Upscale

Seasonal menu

Reservations Recommended

Locally sourced

Restaurant Highlights
Use of Japanese Ingredients
Alter Ego has a unique theme of 'equilibrio' or 'balance' and primarily uses Japanese ingredients in its dishes. The menu changes monthly and features creative specialties like delivery pizza-style snacks and gyotaku. Alter Ego also takes a unique approach to wine and soup pairing, with Champagne and Italian natural wines prominently featured on the wine list. The use of Japanese ingredients adds a unique twist to traditional Italian cuisine and creates a harmonious balance in the dishes.
Milkmaid Pasta and Traditional Techniques
One of the specialties at Alter Ego is the 'Milkmaid Pasta', which was created after encountering a mozzarella craftsman who raises water buffalo in Chiba Prefecture. The chefs also perform various tasks like kneading pasta dough, making noodles, and slicing culatello cured ham with a Berkel slicer in front of the guests.
Owner-Chef with World Gourmet Guide Awards
Alter Ego is owned by Yoji Tokuyoshi, a world gourmet guide award-winning chef who brought his traditional Italian cuisine from Milan to Tokyo. The restaurant has only 8 counter seating on the first floor and private rooms on the second floor that can accommodate children aged 10 and up. With its award-winning owner-chef and unique approach to Italian cuisine, Alter Ego provides a great atmosphere to enjoy a meal with family and friends.

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Alter Ego’s 'Italian food with Japanese ingredients' approach is showcased in dishes like the Milkmaid Pasta, made with mozzarella from water buffalo raised in Chiba Prefecture. The menu changes monthly and features creative specialties like delivery pizza-style snacks and gyotaku.
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