by Elisabeth Lambert
Sitting high above the hustle and bustle of Shibuya crossing is Oriental Dining LOHB, an urban oasis providing a relaxing space and an extensive menu that is based on oriental fusion cooking. Upon entering the restaurant, it is hard to believe you are smack bang in the middle of Shibuya, only meters from Hachiko. The interior of LOHB is more reminiscent of a day spa—or, a day spa with a well-stocked bar—than a restaurant, with water features, plenty of greenery, and softly lit up windows that periodically change color. Keeping in line with this zen-like vibe, the kitchen uses organic ingredients to serve up tasty, light dishes that are surprisingly filling. My dining partner and I could not choose from the extensive menu that seemed to cover most bases, including vegetarian, so we decided to order a number of different dishes and share.
My dining partner and I could not choose from the extensive menu that seemed to cover most bases, including vegetarian, so we decided to order a number of different dishes and share.
We whet our palates with gin and tonics, and began our eating with the very more-ish homemade pickles and olives, followed by the restaurant’s number one dish, the wasabi tuna and avocado salad, along with the rice croquettes. The two dishes complemented each other well in both taste and texture—the spiciness of the salad was nicely abated by the rice. Next came the mouth-watering shrimp and avocado mayonnaise capitate, with both the shrimp and avocado lightly fried in a slightly sweet batter. This was so delicious that we ended up ordering seconds. To top it all off, we shared a very hearty nasi goren (stir-fried rice), and were so full afterward that we couldn’t even think about dessert.
With a perfect view of the infamous Shibuya crossing, Oriental Dining LOHB is a great place to kick back and unwind, while watching the night unfurl below and enjoying a nourishing dinner with a few drinks.
4/5F, 2-3-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku
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