COTE D'OR is a cozy, elegantly simple French restaurant and can be found completely off the beaten track somewhere in the residential area of Minato-ku (where I work). This is probably the most posh restaurant I have ever been to, but the food and the staff come off well mannered without being pretentious. This restaurant is popular with celebrities from TV stars to Kabuki actors who want an intimate dining experience, good food without all the fru-fru decorations and a friendly and knowledgeable staff. Luckily enough, the lunch crowd mostly consisted of upper class housewives who have nothing better to do than lunch for 3 hours with their friends, so the dress code was not as formal.
Because our menu was in French and Japanese, and my french being a little rusty, my coworker chose our feast. Of course bottled mineral water, fresh french bread, more silverware than is in my apartment, 1 afternoon mimosa, and the guy whose job it is to vacuum crumbs off the table with that silver crumb catcher thing were also enjoyed.
Appetizer: slice of grilled bread with melted cheese and tiny dried shrimp
Some kind of cheese and fish pate (I think) with baby greens tossed in a citrus vinaigrette
Poached fish of the day with a mustard sauce and spinach
Steak likened to a moist pot roast in a red wine sauce with sweet potato puree
Not being able to decide on just 2 cheeses, we were given a small selection of all 6 cheeses of the day including an apricot cambert, brie, blue cheese, two kind of goat cheese and a sharp white cheddar
Earl Gray Sherbet to cleanse the palate
Desert of the day: Mont Blanc (a popular Japanese mouse desert made from chestnuts), espresso and cookies.
Sorry. There are no pictures and COTE D'OR is so upscale they don't have a website. If you have the money and the time on your hands than this place was small, simple, delicious and fabulous.