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Kitchen Country: A homey Hungarian Restaurant in Jiyugaoka

I always wanted to try Hungarian food and finally did at Kitchen Country in Jiyugaoka.

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The place is small and cozy, and the staff consists of a waitress and a chef. Except us there was an elderly Japanese couple. They were drinking Tokaj wine with their meal and rather loudly wondering about our nationality (in Japanese). The waitress asked if we were Hungarian. Even when we denied it, she still looked happy to see some foreigners.

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After noticing that I was taking photos of the food and interior, she offered to take a photo of us and after that the chef brought us a complimentary dish – lecho and additional pieces of traditional rye bread.

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Lecho is a traditional Hungarian dish. It is a stew of peppers, tomatoes and onions, which is very similar to French Ratatouille. It is popular in many countries now, and I always mistakenly thought that it was a Bulgarian or Polish dish.

Each of us ordered a course, which consisted of soup, salad, bread and butter, main dish and coffee or tea. We could choose the soup and the main dish.

Definitely try goulash, a symbolic dish of Hungary. It’s a hearty and delicious stew of meat and vegetables.

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My overall impression was good, but at the end of the dinner you may get tired of tomato paste, so try not to order goulash soup with dumplings and goulash at the same time.

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Also, I expected to find an apple strudel among desserts, but they had some other real Hungarian-style desserts: palacsinta (crepes) and meggyleves (sour cherry soup, which originally serves as a main dish).

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Information

Kitchen Country
Address: Tokyo, Meguro-ku, Jiyugaoka 1-28-8 Jiyugaoka Department 3F
Telephone: 03-3717-4790
Open: Lunch 11:30 AM – 2 PM
Dinner 6 PM – 10 PM (L.O. 9:30 PM)
Closed: on Wednesdays.
Access: less than 1 min. walk from Jiyugaoka station
Distance to airport: About 13km from Haneda Airport

Article by Olga Kaneda

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