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Racler - Cheese: Shinjuku
Open 11am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
A cheese specialty restaurant, Racler serves fondues and cheese-centric side dishes like camembert ajillo and frozen blue-cheese salad bowls. The signature dish at both lunch and dinner though is...
Open 11am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Cheese Stand - Cheese: Shibuya
Open 11am-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Artisanal mozzarella and ricotta cheeses are freshly made right here in Shibuya in this combination retail shop, cafe and factory. Take them home - fresh mozzarella is Y550/100g, ricotta Y470 - or...
Open 11am-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Racler - Cheese: Shibuya
Open 11am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO; Sun -10) daily.
"Cheese makes you happy!" declares the sign at the entrance to Racler, and we certainly can't argue with that sentiment. This popular cheese-focused restaurant specializes in fondues, raclette...
Open 11am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO; Sun -10) daily.
Wa Cheese Tensai - Tempura: Ebisu
Open 11am-2, 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
While fondue and raclette specialty restaurants are popping up all over Tokyo, Tensai takes a unique approach, supplementing those cheesy staples with unusual Japanese-influenced fare such as cheese...
Open 11am-2, 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Cascina - International: Ebisu
Open 11:30-2, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Standing out from the ever-growing crowd of Tokyo cheese-specialty restaurants, Cheese Tavern Cascina takes a more sophisticated approach than average, supplementing the usual fondue and raclette...
Open 11:30-2, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Swiss Chalet - Swiss: Nishi-Azabu
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-9:45pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Fondue-centered full-course dinners from 5000 yen.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-9:45pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Obica Mozzarella Bar - Italian: Shinagawa
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Obica offers several different varieties of buffalo mozzarella by the piece, along with assorted cold-cut platters, pizzas and pastas. Weekday lunch specials (served until 3pm) include lasagna,...
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Obica Mozzarella Bar - Italian: Roppongi
Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
Specializing in buffalo mozzarella, Obica offers several different varieties of mozzarella by the piece, which you can pair with fresh and sun-dried tomatoes, pesto sauces and salumi platters. ...
Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
Obica Mozzarella Bar - Italian: Roppongi Hills
Open 11am-10pm (LO; Fri, Sat -11pm) daily.
Four types of mozzarella cheese imported from Italy every day make up the centerpiece of the menu here. You can enjoy them with various salamis and dried hams, salads and pasta dishes, and Italian...
Open 11am-10pm (LO; Fri, Sat -11pm) daily.
Fermier - Cheese: Azabu-Juban
Open noon-10:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Run by a cheese retailer of the same name, Fermier cafe serves cheese platters, cheesy pastas, quiches and Buffalo mozzarella caprese salads. There are fourteen wines by the glass, starting at Y500.
Open noon-10:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Saika - Cheese: Ginza
Open 5-11pm daily.
Fermented foods are the specialty at this unusual Ginza dining bar, with an emphasis on European dishes incorporating either miso, cheese, or both. A tasty four-cheese fondue, flavored with...
Open 5-11pm daily.
Racler - Cheese: Ginza
Open 11am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
The signature dish at this cheese specialty shop is their raclette platter - a hearty cold-weather treat of melted raclette cheese from Switzerland slathered over an assortment of grilled meats,...
Open 11am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Ramukana - Swiss: Yotsuya 3-chome
Open 6-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Beautiful heirloom vegetables, sourced from small farms all over Japan, are the pride of the kitchen at Ramukana. The menu's centerpiece is a hearty cheese fondue, served with raw vegetables, bread,...
Open 6-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Gatemo Tabum - Bhutanese: Yoyogi-Uehara
Open noon-2, 6-11pm. Closed Mondays.
Tokyo's premier Bhutanese restaurant offers an exciting menu of exotic dishes from the mountainous kingdom, most of them incorporating a hefty dose of chili peppers. The national dish of Bhutan is a...
Open noon-2, 6-11pm. Closed Mondays.
Obica Mozzarella Bar - Italian: Yokohama Sta.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Open since August 2014, this branch of the Roppongi-based restaurant offers a stylishly decorated dining room and all-day service. In addtion to cheese tasting plates, the menu also features gourmet...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Le Bar a Vin 52 - Wine bar: Ebisu
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Run by Seijo Ishii, the import-heavy food and wine market, this wine bar serves very reasonably priced wines by the glass or bottle. There's a full menu of grilled meats, cheese dishes and other...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Le Bar a Vin 52 - Wine bar: Azabu-Juban
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
As the name implies, wine is the main focus at this bustling bar-restaurant, with a food menu designed to play a supporting role. Wine prices are extremely reasonable (the shop is run by the Seijo...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Tokuoka - Wine bar: Ginza
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Cheese lovers take note - the custom five-cheese platter at this casual wine bar, priced at Y980, may be one of the best deals in town. The cheese counter offers dozens of different varieties, so...
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Hagare - Wine bar: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
If you're a cheese fan it's well worth dropping by this casual wine bar just to try their excellent four-cheese platter. The shop offers around a hundred wines by the bottle and twenty by the glass,...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.

Poutine

Gau's - Beer bar: Shibuya
Open 11am-2, 6pm-5am (LO). Closed Mondays.
Notable for their late-night hours (the last order is at 5am), Gau's offers a handful of US craft beers on tap from breweries like Lost Coast, Rogue and Left Hand, with three-part tasting flights a...
Open 11am-2, 6pm-5am (LO). Closed Mondays.
Brew La La - Beer bar: Shimbashi
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
With room for around fifty customers, Brew La La is quite a bit more spacious than most Tokyo beer bars, and the friendly multilingual staff help make this a relaxing place to hang out. There's even...
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Robson Fries - Canadian: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open noon-9pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Poutine - that peculiar Canadian version on french fries served with gravy and cheese - is the exotic specialty at this small take-out shop. They're served with toppings ranging from fried onions...
Open noon-9pm. Closed Tuesdays.

Grilled-cheese sandwiches

Hohokam Cafe - Burgers: Harajuku
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Choose from more than two dozen burger variations at this comfortable American-style cafe, including fun combinations like baked apple and gorgonzola or chili, cheddar and jalapeno. They also offer...
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Luke's - Sandwiches/ deli: Shibuya
Open 11am-7pm daily.
The popular New York-based lobster shop serves up tasty sandwiches - both seafood rolls and grilled-cheese style - featuring Maine lobster, crabmeat and shrimp. They also carry American craft beers...
Open 11am-7pm daily.
Luke's - Sandwiches/ deli: Shibuya
Open 11am-8pm daily.
This take-out branch of the popular New York-based sandwich shop serves the usual assortment of lobster, crab and shrimp rolls, as well as lobster and crab grilled-cheese sandwiches. There's also a...
Open 11am-8pm daily.
Buy Me Stand - Sandwiches/ deli: Shibuya
Open 8am-9pm (LO) daily.
Located midway between Shibuya, Daikanyama and Ebisu, Buy Me Stand serves excellent grilled-cheese sandwiches along with soups and salads. In the mornings (before 11am) it's breakfast time, with...
Open 8am-9pm (LO) daily.
Brew La La - Beer bar: Shimbashi
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
With room for around fifty customers, Brew La La is quite a bit more spacious than most Tokyo beer bars, and the friendly multilingual staff help make this a relaxing place to hang out. There's even...
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Looking Good - Sandwiches/ deli: Otemachi
Open 7:30-9:30, 11am-2, 6-10:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
It's good to have a specialty, and this tiny shop has single-mindedly devoted itself to toasted cheese sandwiches, served morning, noon and night. They're nicely prepared and served on crunchy...
Open 7:30-9:30, 11am-2, 6-10:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Allpress Espresso - Coffee shop: Kiyosumi-Shirakawa
Open 8am-5pm (Sat, Sun 9-6) daily.
Occupying a beautifully restored timber warehouse, this combination roastery and cafe is a convivial and very hip spot to relax in for a serious cup of coffee or a mid-afternoon snack. The food is...
Open 8am-5pm (Sat, Sun 9-6) daily.
Buy Me Stand - Sandwiches/ deli: Yokohama Motomachi
Open 8am-10pm daily.
Classic American diner-style grilled-cheese sandwiches are the specialty here, along with BLTs, hearty soups, gourmet coffee, and various breakfast dishes in the morning. We enjoyed a well-executed...
Open 8am-10pm daily.

Cheese retailers

Fermier - Cheese shop: Shibuya
Open 10am-8pm. Closed Thursdays.
The main branch of Fermier is where many of the French restaurants in town buy their cheeses; this is a conveniently located outlet.
Open 10am-8pm. Closed Thursdays.
Seijo Ishii - Retail: Ebisu
Open 8am-11pm daily.
Imported foods from around the world, including cheeses, spices, and canned and packaged goods. There's also a big stock of mostly European wines. Prices vary from great bargains to inexplicably...
Open 8am-11pm daily.
National Azabu - Retail: Hiroo
Open 9am-8pm daily.
One of the best of the international supermarkets, with the widest range of imported foods in Tokyo (along with Nissin in Azabu-Juban). You'll find good selections of wines, cold cuts and imported...
Open 9am-8pm daily.
Fermier - Cheese shop: Onarimon
Open 11am-7pm. Closed Sundays.
A retail shop that supplies French cheeses to many Tokyo restaurants, so they always have fresh stock (unlike some supermarkets and department stores). They stock many varieties you won't find...
Open 11am-7pm. Closed Sundays.
Nissin - Retail: Azabu-Juban
Open 9:30am-8pm daily.
Meat is Nissin's strong point, with over a dozen types of cold cuts, a cornucopia of sausages, and unusual items like pheasant, rabbit, and even kangaroo meat. And the third-floor wine shop is worth...
Open 9:30am-8pm daily.
Tokuoka - Wine bar: Ginza
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Cheese lovers take note - the custom five-cheese platter at this casual wine bar, priced at Y980, may be one of the best deals in town. The cheese counter offers dozens of different varieties, so...
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Hokkaido Foodist - Antenna shop: Yaesu
Open 10am-8pm daily.
Located at the western end of the Yaesu underground shopping area next to Tokyo station, Foodist is a veritable supermarket of Hokkaido food and drink. The dairy section is especially well stocked,...
Open 10am-8pm daily.
Voice of Cheese - Cheese shop: Kiyosumi-Shirakawa
Open 11am-7pm daily.
Some shops are worth visiting for their name alone, and this is clearly one of them. The cheese-meister here is a specialist in artisanal cheeses from Hokkaido, which have earned an excellent...
Open 11am-7pm daily.
Costco Tamasakai - Retail: Machida
Open 10am-8pm daily.
The American big-box retailer stocks a lot of imported goods as well as local produce and packaged foods. They also sell wines and liquor at discount prices. Individual membership is Y4200 per...
Open 10am-8pm daily.
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Updated 2018-10-08