The name Lawry’s is a household name for connoisseurs of prime ribs of beef, and one that has a long-standing history since opening its first outlet in Beverly Hills, California in 1938. After the opening of multiple locations across America and the world, it made its way to the Land of the Rising Sun, with two locations in Tokyo and one in Osaka.
The Akasaka branch sits on the 3rd floor of Akasaka Intercity AIR, a spacious affair that incorporates the neighboring Frank Bar as well, for diners to have a pre-dinner drink. The main restaurant itself boasts of class and sophistication, with its high ceilings and classy interiors that is a tasteful balance of minimalistic and luxurious décor - the high back chairs and polished silverware sets are reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour, while the dim lightings and polished furniture sets the mood for a romantic dining experience fit for couples.
For those looking to have the complete set menu experience that Lawry’s is famed for, look no further than the dinner special. First up on the menu for this set course is Lawry’s signature spinning Caesar salad, where the server expertly throws different varieties of fresh, crisp season greens vegetables into a large metal bowl, and mixes it by way of spinning. Proceeding with pouring the salad dressing from on high, ensuring equal amounts of dressing and salad ratio before serving it out on a plate. The salad was the right balance of flavor and crunchiness, served with a cold fork to ensure optimum freshness. The accompanying bread was warm, toasty, and paired excellently with butter on the side.
The star of the set menu was, without question, the signature Prime Rib of beef. To ensure that the dining experience remains the same throughout all Lawry’s restaurants globally, the beef is served in their signature Silver Cart, imported directly from the US itself to Japan. Diners will be intoxicated with pleasure watching the chef turn on the heating flames of the cart, while meticulously slicing the luxurious slab of beef, and pairing it with creamed corn, creamed broccoli, a simple yet deliciously creamy mash and a Yorkshire pudding that tastes authentically British. The finishing touches to a complete dining experience came in the form of a raspberry trifle, with its soufflé-like textures that was light and delicious.
The Akasaka branch also has 3 private dining rooms that cater to groups of 8–16 people. No reservation fee involved here, but a minimum spend is required depending on the group size. For those looking at a romantic evening well-spent with a significant other, or to impress a clientele, Lawry’s would certainly make for an international dining experience right in the heart of Tokyo.