But that was always one of the things about Le Dessin that made it so special: Chef Toshiaki Masuda always followed his own muse — including his choice of location, far away from the mainstream, in Ushigome-Yanagicho.
There's little to add to my review some three years ago. We had one last excellent meal there last weekend. And now Le Dessin is closed and Masuda-san is off, back to his home town of Shimada in Shizuoka-ken. Where he's going to be opening another little restaurant — not French this time, but ramen. And why not? You just know it's going to be good.
So… many thanks to Chef and Mrs. Masuda: goodbye, good luck, and all the best in the future!
The Japan Times seems to have lost all the photos that went with my column. I'll have to dig them out from the vaults, if only to remind myself of how well we ate there. Stay tuned…