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For each guest that dines at this restaurant, byFood will donate 10 meals
Location
Cuisine
French
Creative Cuisine / Fusion Food
Average cost
Lunch: ¥7,000 - ¥35,000
Dinner: ¥7,000 - ¥35,000
Other
Vegan, Vegetarian
Vegetarian and vegan options abound here at this French-style restaurant, where rare domestic produce is creatively arranged.

Restaurant Details

※ Alternative accepts single diners only for dinner services. Reservations for lunch services require a minimum party size of 2. Please confirm before making a reservation. ——— As its name would suggest, Alternative is a restaurant that’s simply different. The entire concept of the restaurant is seemingly paradoxical in itself; a family restaurant for adults? But chef Saito Takayuki, impossibly, makes it work. He started his culinary career in Mikage Juenne in Kobe and Shibuya’s La Blanche, before continuing his training overseas at Michelin-starred French institution Le Benaton. His return to Japan saw him serving in the kitchens of L’art et la maniere and Provinage, eventually taking over the latter and renaming it Alternative. And providing an Alternative is exactly what he does. In spite of his extensive expertise in the French culinary ways (l’art et la maniere, ironically), Chef Saito also infuses Chinese and Japanese elements for a style all his own, that he simply calls “Saito style”. And true enough, Saito style is a style all its own; something that can be found nowhere else but Alternative. In true Alternative fashion, the restaurant also eschews the usual practice of putting meat at the center of the meal, but instead puts the spotlight on vegetables instead with several vegetarian and vegan-friendly options. The first step in the culinary process, Chef Saito says, is to visit farmers to inspect their products and discover their specialties. This lets him choose the best ingredients and produce for their respective seasons. And just like the seasons, so does the specialty at Alternative change. For example, spring’s highlight is the distinctively-titled asparagus Kandinsky, named for the expressionist painter. From the tip to the base of the stem, each part of the asparagus has a different taste, and so Chef Saito takes advantage of this to make a beautiful galaxy of varying tastes, textures and colors. Winter, by contrast, features an amaebi sweet shrimp tataki with Muromachi-era Jingoemon potato — the latter produced by only one farm in the whole of Japan. The sweet flesh of the shrimp is augmented by the thick, earthy flavor of the Jingoemon: a truly comprehensive combination of Japan’s earthly and oceanic bounties.
Dining Courses
Bistro Course
Afternoon, Evening
¥ 7,260
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A French bistro-style course that serves as an introduction to Chef Saito’s cuisine. ※ Please note that there may be fluctuations in price and changes to the course menu content depending on availability.
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A French bistro-style course that serves as an introduction to Chef Saito’s cuisine. ※ Please note that there may be fluctuations in price and changes to the course menu content depending on availability.
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¥ 7,260
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Alternative Course
Afternoon, Evening
¥ 13,915
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Explore an Alternative approach to cooking. Making full use of his French culinary background, Chef Saito concocts a series of dishes that lets guests enjoy the flavors of Japan through seasonal vegetables.
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Explore an Alternative approach to cooking. Making full use of his French culinary background, Chef Saito concocts a series of dishes that lets guests enjoy the flavors of Japan through seasonal vegetables.
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¥ 13,915
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Saito’s Wonderland Course
Afternoon, Evening
¥ 27,500
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Inspiration strikes. The Saito’s Wonderland Course lets Chef Saito unleash the full extent of his creativity, serving guests at the counter with a menu that changes every day. No two servings of the Saito’s Wonderland Course are alike. ※ The Saito’s Wonderland Course is traditionally counter seating, but can also be served at table seating instead.
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Inspiration strikes. The Saito’s Wonderland Course lets Chef Saito unleash the full extent of his creativity, serving guests at the counter with a menu that changes every day. No two servings of the Saito’s Wonderland Course are alike. ※ The Saito’s Wonderland Course is traditionally counter seating, but can also be served at table seating instead.
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¥ 27,500
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Alternative Access Info

Alternative is located a 10-minute walk from Hiro-o Station, a 13-minute walk from Shirokane-Takanawa Station, or a 5-minute taxi ride from Ebisu Station.

Alternative Phone Number

03-5422-7551

Alternative Business Days

Sunday
Closed
Monday
12:00 PM
03:00 PM
-
06:00 PM
10:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM
03:00 PM
-
06:00 PM
10:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM
03:00 PM
-
06:00 PM
10:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM
03:00 PM
-
06:00 PM
10:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM
03:00 PM
-
06:00 PM
10:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM
03:00 PM
-
06:00 PM
10:00 PM

Alternative Address

T-building 1st floor, 5-chome-12-24 Shirokane, Minato City, Tokyo, 108-0072

Alternative Cancellation Policy

Cancel your reservation at least 2 days before the dining start time to receive a full refund minus a 3.2% transaction fee.
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