THE PIG & THE LADY is a dining hot spot in Ebisu known for its contemporary Vietnamese cuisine blending French techniques and Japanese ingredients.
This summer, the restaurant is freshening up its menu with some beautiful new dishes, perfect for the upcoming hot and humid season.
The Reimagined Summer Roll
As a staple of Vietnamese cuisine, the new Summer Rolls on the menu are a must-try. These delectable rolls feature fried pangasius, a popular freshwater fish commonly enjoyed in Vietnam. The fish is marinated for a day prior to frying, making it exceptionally tender and resulting in a robust flavor despite the lightness of the fish.
The combination of sweet and sour pickles and pineapple wrapped inside enhances the roll’s fresh aroma. Pineapple also comes into play again as a secret ingredient in the dipping sauce, which is based on the ubiquitous Southeast Asian chili sambal sauce. The rolls are topped with fragrant mint and dill, a delightful addition that further accentuates the freshness reminiscent of early summer.
Summer Rolls ¥1,200 (tax included)
The Complexity and Depth of 10 Spices
The lamb entrée is grilled instead of roasted as a subtle update to the restaurant’s summer menu. The succulent Grilled Lamb is made with the meat undergoing a day-long marinade, followed by grilling to achieve a delectable browning, before being baked in the oven. A final touch involves a sprinkling of a unique blend of 10 spices, including coriander seeds, cumin, and Mat-Khen Vietnamese forest pepper. Through this process, the marinade softens the lamb’s distinct smell, allowing the umami of the meat to harmonize with the aromatic spices, resulting in a truly complex and profound dish.
A fennel salad accompanies the dish, contributing a fresh crispness that beautifully counterbalances the richness of the lamb.
Grilled Lamb ¥2,300 (tax included)
The Perfect Glass to Match the Meal
You can indulge in a variety of beverages at THE PIG & THE LADY, which the establishment expertly recommends to perfectly complement each dish. In line with this occasion, two drink options were suggested to accompany the two new summer menu items just introduced.
First up is the exquisite Domaine Sigalas, a white wine hailing from the picturesque coastal area of Rías Baixas, Spain. This wine exudes distinct salty and mineral notes, making it a fine pairing for seafood dishes. Its refreshing character makes it an ideal choice for early summer.
Saigon Beer comes in as another highly recommended choice, celebrated as Vietnam’s leading brew. Guests can also explore an array of light beers infused with delightful flavors such as passion fruit, guava, and more.
From the left: Kona Brewing Co. Hanalei Island IPA ¥1,150, Saigon Beer ¥980, Domaine Sigalas ¥1,200 yen (tax included)
THE PIG & THE LADY also has a new range of course meals that highlight the finest seasonal ingredients, including the two previously introduced dishes and more.
The Fish Crudo is a tantalizing creation featuring fish sourced from Peru, accompanied by a sweet celery puree and a rejuvenating yuzu sauce.
Another standout on the new menu is the Grilled Pork, a remarkable entrée that features Vietnamese-style slow-grilled Japanese Kurobuta pork, accentuated by a subtly tangy black garlic mustard and the enticing aroma of roasted grapes.
Also, don’t miss out on the opportunity to savor the tender Stewed Oxtail, which is slow-cooked with an array of aromatic spices and herbs.
Come visit THE PIG & THE LADY in Ebisu to try some of these exciting new menu items along with drinks that perfectly complement the flavors of this season.
THE PIG & THE LADY Ebisu Ginza Cross Bldg. 2F, 1-4-15, Ebisu-Minami, Shibuya-ku,Tokyo 〒150-0022 Monday-Friday: 11:30-15:00 (L.O. FOOD 14:00) 17:00-23:00 (L.O. FOOD 22:00 / DRINK 22:30) Saturday, Sunday, Holidays: 11:00-23:00 (L.O. FOOD 22:00 / DRINK 22:30) Website: https://thepigandthelady.jp/