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Beacon American / Shibuya

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brownae2


  • Wonderful food, VERY attentive wine-filling
  • (2010-02-23)
  • I absolutely love this place. The fillet steak is consistently amongst the best I've had. The Chop House Salad is my favourite salad of all time. My partner is slightly addicted to the Tuna Tartar...

    One of my only major gripes would be the over-attentive wine filling, which of course makes you drink more and get a second bottle. Also, be aware that the bread they bring to your table will be charged to your bill even though there is no mention of this - or charged twice, as they did our last visit. That'll teach me to check the receipt...

    The cocktails are strong, just the way I like them, but they always fill martini glasses to the brim making them very difficult to drink. Don't be afraid to tell them to stop pouring otherwise it will go all over your table! (You may also want to say no when they come to refill the wine after 4 minutes...)

    Overall, a real gem of a restaurant for those nights when you just don't want Japanese food.
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studebaker


  • Beacon
  • (2008-11-17)
  • This is a good place to have a party, but isn't that great for a couple in my opinion. The locally brewed beer is a nice touch and adds a unique and intoxicating feeling to the overall ambiance of the place. It's a bit of a trek from the station, but is worth it overall.
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enigmatic


  • Amazing dining experience
  • (2008-11-10)
  • Another amazing restaurant from the same people who own and operate T.Y. Harbor, this gem, although a little difficult to find if you walk from a station, is worth the trip. The wine cellar is enormous, likely the second or third largest in Tokyo. The staff is very accommodating and bilingual. They have really wonderful event space and can, with a reservation, provide a private dining room for groups. The entree and side dishes are all ordered independently of one another, and like the menu at the other restaurants owned by this company, is always changing. The food is fusion, but with a slightly more American feel, all created by the chef trained in San Francisco. And if you just can't live without your T.Y. Harbor beer, they serve that, too.
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Dominic


  • Beacon
  • (2008-07-21)
  • Beacon is located in the same space where another restaurant called Lunchan used to be. I never really understood what happened to Lunchan. It was a pretty decent American style restaurant pitched at the expat community serving good honest grub with broad appeal including, if my memory serves me correctly, a rather nice meatloaf. They also had quite a good champagne brunch on Sundays and I frequented there many a time for business or pleasure when I couldn't quite think of anything better. Then one day it was gone and in its place was a Royal Host. What the??? Anyway, thankfully the Royal Host interlude did not last long and in its place is Beacon which bills itself as an "urban chop house". Although it's shockingly ignorant of me, I don't really know what a chop house is, but I assume it's a slightly pretentious allusion to a traditional American steak house. I recently had a very pleasant dinner there with friends and can report that it is indeed a decent American style dining experience.

    Our evening started off a little slowly as one member of our party had mistakenly gone all the way to TY Harbour Brewery at Shinagawa. Be careful with their website - the Beacon site does indeed say TY Harbour all over it so if you're not careful you may think you're going to the famous expat haunt at Shinagawa, not Shibuya. Anyway, the wait allowed us to sample a rather large and rather spicy (the way I like it!) Bloody Mary with a huge celery stick for swizzling and munching. The only problem with this was that it really filled us up before dinner so when we eventually moved to our table and were reviewing the menu, the set menu for 7,300 yen looked like altogether too much food. We ordered instead à la carte.

    For my entree (sorry - my "starter") I ordered soft shell crab. One of our party ordered crab cakes and insisted on making a trade, which I was reluctant to do as I wanted the soft shell crab all to myself. However, I have to say the crab cake was very good as crab cakes go so it was indeed worth giving to receive in this particular case. For my main I ordered scallops wrapped in prosciutto. These came with steamed vegetables. To be honest the paper thin prosciutto wrapped around the side of the scallops did not really add anything to the flavour. The scallops were large and nice enough, but the sides we ordered of Portobello mushrooms with thyme, and mash potato with lashings of butter really completed the meal for me. I followed this up with a lemon tart with raspberry sorbet.

    Including two bottles of white wine - a Dog Point 2007 from Marlborough, New Zealand and a Silver Stone 2006 from California (Dog Point was voted the clear winner), our aperitifs, starters, mains, sides and shared desserts the bill came only to 10,000 yen per head among five of us. Whilst it's far from cheap, I think this is pretty good going in terms of value for money. Their food is not really that challenging or interesting, but the upside of this is that you can take anyone there without intimidating them. Also the fact that the service is in English must be a real plus for the less adventurous. In this way, Beacon is really just a more stylish and up to date interpretation of Lunchan - and there's nothing at all wrong with that in my book.

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CC


  • Urban Chophouse
  • (2008-02-14)
  • This is one of my favorite restaurants in Tokyo. Formerly the location of Lunchan, Beacon provides diners one of the best grill dining experiences in Tokyo when compared against Oak Door (Grand Hyatt) and NY Grill (Park Hyatt).

    Every week, a rotating lunch menu finds 20 different sandwiches, 35 grill items, and 40 house special selections. My personal favorite is this weeks Grilled Swordfish on Ciabatta with pesto. All lunches come with a house salad, unlimited bread, and unlimited peach iced tea, and awesome coffee to finish off. Lunch prices range from (1,200yen to 1,600yen).

    Aoyama "urban chophouse" Beacon has pulled off a remarkable feat making us look forward to the end of the weekend. They have just started the "Sunday Night Burgers and Zinfandel Wine" promotion, which features the fresh-ground Beacon Burger (base priced at 1,600yen) any way you like it. Choose from a variety of sizes and toppings, or try variants like the fois gras burger, the pizza burger, or the wagyu burger. Complementing the sandwiches is a lineup of 6 high quality, good value Zinfandels for just 4,000yen/bottle.

    Make sure you ask for manager Mark Chew who will make your dining experience an unforgettable one.
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