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deco - http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1303/A130301/13076679/

 

la chasse - http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1307/A130701/13025071/

 

takajo kotobuki - legendary but very hard to book - http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1311/A131102/13003661/

 

boucherie du buppa - http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1317/A131701/13018558/

 

Passo a Passo (haven't been, but it's been highly recommended) - http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1313/A131303/13004092/

 

Nouvelle Ere - http://www.augoutdujour-group.com/no/index.html - they buy from the same importer, so they should have any of these, maybe by request

 

In all cases, if you make the reservation via concierge you can see if they'll have (or get) red fleshed birds - du buppa offers Japanese colvert during the winter but I'm not sure when their season opens, and takajo kotobuki specializes in a specific type of duck - again, I don't know exactly the season)

 

eta: all the restaurants on tabelog serving game in one form or another: http://tabelog.com/keywords/%E3%82%B8%E3%83%93%E3%82%A8/tokyo/?srchTg=2&sort_mode=1&SrtT=other&Srt=D&PG=1

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These were awesome. Right up there with the best I've had in France.

 

The importer gave them to me at a good price (if you're a Brit you'll still find it shockingly high - $30) because they were somewhat larger than what restaurants like to buy, but I didn't think that accounted for the extra punch, so I asked him how come they were so much better than what I've gotten from d'Artagnan before. He said he couldn't refer to any specific importer (even though this guy knows everything and everyone in the high end food biz) but that it's likely that all game birds making it to the US come from "game farms" that feed the birds so they don't fly much and then process the catch as if it were commodity chicken, while he only buys certified wild game - innards, blood, and feathers intact.

 

The only exception to the rule that everything is twice as expensive in London. Though it is quite hard to get high (i.e. well hung) pheasants in London.

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deco - http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1303/A130301/13076679/

 

la chasse - http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1307/A130701/13025071/

 

takajo kotobuki - legendary but very hard to book - http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1311/A131102/13003661/

 

boucherie du buppa - http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1317/A131701/13018558/

 

Passo a Passo (haven't been, but it's been highly recommended) - http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1313/A131303/13004092/

 

Nouvelle Ere - http://www.augoutdujour-group.com/no/index.html - they buy from the same importer, so they should have any of these, maybe by request

 

In all cases, if you make the reservation via concierge you can see if they'll have (or get) red fleshed birds - du buppa offers Japanese colvert during the winter but I'm not sure when their season opens, and takajo kotobuki specializes in a specific type of duck - again, I don't know exactly the season)

 

eta: all the restaurants on tabelog serving game in one form or another: http://tabelog.com/keywords/%E3%82%B8%E3%83%93%E3%82%A8/tokyo/?srchTg=2&sort_mode=1&SrtT=other&Srt=D&PG=1

 

Thanks Orik!

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I had a good wild duck at the Ledbury a few days ago; rare breast, confit legs, a bit of foie, beetroot etc. Went well with 89 Mouton, which was very classic and elegant (Since we are not on the Rest of us thread)

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I've spotted wild ducks in Chinatown. Look like mallard. I must bite the bullet and try them.

 

I really miss seeing things like widgeon and teal in London at this time of year.

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Teal is quite hard to find these days. Basically on the game bird front you find in London pheasant partridge and grouse, pigeon, mallard and occasionally woodcock. Quail are all farmed. And other game: hare, wild rabbit and venison, but no boar.

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Sigh. I remembered cooking some widgeon for friends when I was over just a few years ago. Leadenhall Market used to be a great source for, well, unusual ducks.

 

Don't tell me you don't see snipe or woodcock any more.

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In restaurants sometime; they probably crop up at markets sometimes, but not the ones I go to. They are still shot of course -- http://www.snipeshooting.co.uk/ but I don't know where the birds god, maybe just to local markets.

 

Borough market might have a better selection, but I don;t often go there as it is jam packed with tourists eating hamburgers.

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