A Votre Santé Endo is not your typical 600 yen Japanese meat-and-potato curry place. It’s location in downtown Ginza, one of Tokyo’s high-class shopping districts, and its French name, which means “To your health” plus the Japanese name “Endo”, are some indicators that you’re in for something different.
A Votre Santé Endo is down a side street near the famous kabuki theater Kabukiza, with a red carpet leading up to its second floor location. The restaurant has appeared in several magazines, some of which are posted in front of the restaurant, at the bottom of the stairs. If you take a peak at these articles, you’ll see some of the reason for its fame: fruit curry.
Naturally, upon reading about A Votre Santé Endo’s fruit curry, I had to try it. The night I visited, a small party was taking place, so it was slightly noisy, but otherwise, the restaurant is calm and homey, with unique lights and wood tables adding to its contradictory “refined yet casual” atmosphere.
For non-Japanese-speaking visitors, the English-and-French-speaking staff and menu in English are very welcomed. As I already had my mind set on the fruit curry, I didn’t spend much time on the menu, but A Votre Santé Endo does have a wide selection of European dishes, from Spanish Iberian ham to Italian sausage pizza.
Not long after the complimentary garlic toast came out, the main course arrived. Rice topped with curry topped with all kinds of fruits. The apple slices were delicately wedged between a piece of watermelon and a cherry. Next to the watermelon sat slices of cantaloupe, orange, and kiwi. In addition, banana slices, blueberries, almonds and raspberries were scattered on top of the curry. Surprisingly, fruit goes very well with curry. The curry itself was unexpectedly spicy, so the sweetness of the fruits and of the fruit sorbet served in a small glass bowl on the curry were a welcome reprieve. You can bet I savored every last bite of that sorbet.
All in all, if you have an extra 2,000 yen for dinner, you might just want to head to A Votre Santé Endo for some of the most interesting curry in Tokyo.
A Votre Santé Endo
Moday-Friday, 11:30-15:00 (Lunch), 18:00-23:00 (Dinner)
Saturday, 12:00-14:00 (Lunch), 14:00-16:00 (Cafe), 18:00-23:00 (Dinner)
Sunday, Holidays, 12:00-13:00 (Lunch), 13:30-16:00 (Cafe), 18:00-23:00 (Dinner)
Closed during New Years and at least one unscheduled day a month
Address: 〒104-0061 Tokyo-to, Chuo-ku, Ginza 5-9-5 Densokan Building, 2nd Floor (Google Map)
Fruit Curry: 1,400 yen (Lunch), 1,575 yen (A la carte/Dinner)
Service charge: 5%