This popular Osaka-based shop lets you cook your own kushiage skewers in a deep-fryer right at your table. It's all you can eat, including various side dishes and a big variety of skewered tidbits. Y2625 per person at dinnertime, with a 90-minute limit.
Toshima-ku, Higashi-Ikebukuro 1-5-7, Labi 1 Ikebukuro 7F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
There's a popular Sunday brunch for Y6,900, but you can get the same lunch on weekdays for Y5,000 (minus the flute of champagne). Full-course dinners are Y11,000-21,000, but people come here just as much to see and be seen, and to enjoy the impressive view. The adjacent New York Bar has drinks and live music.
This tomato-centric Italian restaurant/cafe offers full-course dinners from Y4000-7000. The buffet lunch (Y2500; Y3000 on weekends) includes a three-juice tasting flight, a choice of pasta, dessert, beverage, and a mid-sized buffet full of vegetable-based dishes like stuffed cabbage, carrot salad and stewed eggplant. More than twenty different tomato varieties are featured, and various tomato juices are sold by the bottle.
Minato-ku, Kita-Aoyama 3-15-5, Portofino B1F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 2:30-5, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
(Shibuya - Shabu-shabu). 3770-5629
Inexpensive all-you-can-eat shabu-shabu starts at Y1980 per person.
Shibuya-ku, Udagawacho 12-9, Jewel Shibuya 6F. Open 11:30am-3:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
(Asakusa - Brazilian). 5826-1538
The Y3000 churrasco buffet at this lively music bar features fifteen different Brazilian delicacies - grilled beef, pork and chicken, linguica sausage, and feijoada black-bean stew among them. Wash it all down with caipirinha and other Brazilian cocktails and wines. Check the calendar of live music and art exhibitions on their website (que-bom.com).
Taito-ku, Nishi-Asakusa 2-15-13 B1F. Open 5pm-midnight (LO). Closed Mondays.
(Ekoda - Israeli). 3948-5333
An Israeli restaurant and pub, one minute from Ekoda south exit. They serve falafel, humus, salads, stuffed pastries and soups, plus shish kebab and one or two other meat dishes. 50 seats; reservations recommended. The all-you-can-eat special is Y2,000. Open noon-midnight Saturdays and Sundays.
Nerima-ku, Sakaecho 4-11, Art Bldg 2F. Open 5-11pm (LO). Closed Mondays.