There is only one color that counts at Kurkku: green. The eco-project aims to breath environmental awareness into the chaos of daily Tokyo life: and it succeeds. In a stylish glass and wood architect-designed development in a Jingumae back lane, Kurkku – Finnish for cucumber – operates a mini green empire consisting of shop, design studio, library, café and restaurant: Kurkku Kitchen.
Here, in a serene and natural setting, seasonal and fresh ingredients are served to discerning diners. Dishes are French-inspired, from green onion and arugula buds in an apricot vinaigrette to uncured ham of black pork cultivated on an eco-farm. Meats are cooked in blocks as opposed to slices on wood and charcoal grills, the bread is home made and drinks include bio-wines, pomegranate juice and herb teas.
The restaurant prides itself on its direct contacts with farmers and organic producers across the country in sourcing good quality seasonal products. All of which confirms that the new black is undoubtedly green.