U.S. steaks done the way we like 'em at Decanter

U.S. steaks done the way we like 'em at Decanter

Tokyo American Club opens its restaurant to the public for the first time
Decanter welcomes the unwashed masses to the Tokyo American Club at last.

Come November 25, The Tokyo American Club will open its doors to the public for the first time in 83 years, inviting the city to check out a novel dining experience at its showcase restaurant, Decanter.

The move comes after the Board of Governors of the Club voted to open Decanter to the public so that the restaurant might have the opportunity to earn international recognition through Wine Spectator, Michelin and other coveted accolades.

Naturally, the larger potential client base also brings with it economic advantages and provides a showcase to boost Club membership.

Altered Americana

Decanter relies heavily on new Americana cuisine inspired by the chophouses of Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

But there’s no resting on laurels here -- the menu features traditional classics tweaked into innovative creations using seasonal organic ingredients and 100 percent Certified Black Angus beef.

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It boasts one of the most comprehensive wine collections in Tokyo, which is on display in floor-to-ceiling glass enclosures in the entrance hall.

Food-sourcing is also critical to Decanter, particularly in the post-Fukushima age. “My farmers in Hakone supply produce for Michelin-starred restaurants and observe the strictest food safety standards,” explained Chef David Ueno.

“Also, more than 95 percent of our steaks are sourced straight from America.”

Denim and leather

Brian Marcus, Food and Beverage Manager at The Tokyo American Club explained the Decanter ethos: “The vibe will be anything but demure. Funky lounge music meets denim- and leather-clad servers.

“Our wine cellar, 10 years in the making, has more than 10,000 bottles from which to choose. Decanter offers an opportunity for Tokyo to dine in the coolest and hippest eatery on The Strip, Melrose Avenue, or West Hollywood -- without the jetlag.”

Getting there: Tokyo American Club, 2-1-2 Azabudai, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8649. Monday-Saturday: 6 p.m.–11 p.m. Available for private bookings for lunch and all day Sunday. +81 (0) 3 4588 0675, Email: decanter@tac-club.org

Reservations can also be made through OpenTable.