This restaurant, Cameron is, in a very good way, odd. The graceful decor, the attentive service, and the exquisite delicacies they serve you, all give the impression of expense. Yet though we ate our fill of fine things and were waited on hand and foot, after bracing ourselves for a very steep bill, we were surprised to find we had spent less than at your average rough and ready izakaya. Really. I cannot stress this enough. This place is extraordinarily REASONABLE.
Here’s the food:
A nice piece of breaded marlin and some choice veggies. How I love those snow peas.
Bamboo and mountain vegetable tempura. The smoky flavor of the bamboo was really rich.
Gorgonzola and honey pizza. Sorry. I can never resist pizza.
Apple gratin. Gorgeous.
A dessert selection. Mewby was very happy about this.
Amazingly, all of that plus drinks (& a wee appetizer that I forgot to photograph) cost me just a little over 6,000 yen. Strangely though, there weren’t many customers even though it was a Friday night. This place MUST stay in business, so I urge you all to go there, enjoy some fine food at very affordable prices – and then tell your friends.
Incidentally, when I got home, I checked in Judith Clancy’s Machiya Dining Guide to see if it was listed and it was. She has some interesting background information on the building’s history (it dates from 1880 and was a doctor’s house & practice) and it’s stately architecture. However, she also claims that the restaurant is named after Cameron Diaz, which is odd as the guy who served me told me it was named after the famed maker of golf putters Scotty Cameron. Maybe they tell a different story to whoever asks? Either way, it’s a peculiar name for a restaurant.
Cameron has a range of Western/Japanese fusion courses available for lunch and dinner, or you can simply order a la carte, as we did. Check their website menu for details. They do a lot of wedding parties so you may want to call ahead to make sure they are open for regular business.
Location: the east side of Gokoumachi between Bukkouji and Takatsuji. Here’s a map.
Lunchtime opening hours: 11:30～15:00