Since Prunellia has written a post about the restaurant Abri in Paris, I couldn't help writting a post about the restaurant Lyla in Tokyo, which was recommended to Prunellia and Aurore by the chef at Abri when they came to Japan last February. So we went there together to discover and really appreciate the refined, delicate cuisine prepared by chef Narikiyo. And since then went again to enjoy some more seasonal food.
Each time the food was perfect, with special attention to each member of the party likes and dislikes and with a genuine style to prepare vegetables mixing French cuisine and Japanese kaiseki. The plating is also a delight, and desserts are as good as the rest. As a personal policy I don't take picture of food in this kind of restaurants and prefer to remember the taste and colors, so you won't see anything I have eaten there. I can only give you hints like bisk sable, greens with carrot leaves jus, lemon curd in kuzumochi...
Since I'm not a big eater I always picked the "carte blanche" menu which was just perfect in proportion, and allow you to enjoy everyhing from start to end.
Even though Lyla has received a lot of attention in the press, the chef is always there to say good bye and chat with you, and for the moment it is still possible to book a table on late notice which is really apppreciable.
Once the booking's made the staff will call you back to verify your likes, dislikes, allergies, special diet etc... because there is no menu, it's all up to the chef.