Scandinavian, German and Eastern European cuisines

Scandinavian

Nicolai Bergmann Nomu Cafe (Omotesando - Danish). 5464-0716
A lot of upscale Aoyama shops seem to have an obligatory cafe area tucked into a corner somewhere, but the combination works especially well at this Copenhagen-based designer flower shop. While the food and drink aren't so very different from a dozen other area cafes, the lovely, plant-filled setting and the lively atmosphere set it apart. [Show more]
SunmapMinami-Aoyama 5-7-2. Open 10am-8pm daily.
Andersen (Omotesando - Danish). 3407-4833
Danish-style stews and other main courses in the restaurant area above the bread shop, and European-style breakfast in the morning. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapMinami-Aoyama 5-1-26. Open 8am-9pm (LO) daily.
Scandia (Yokohama Nihon-Odori - Danish). 045-201-2262
This well-regarded Danish restaurant has been here since the 1960s, and they serve a good assortment of marinated herring and other seafood dishes, steak tartar and other Scandinavian specialties. Dinner and drinks run around Y8000 per person, or you can go all out and try the all-you-can-eat smorgasbord for Y9000 per person. No lunch on Sundays.
SunmapKaigandori 1-1, Yokohama Boeki Kyokai Bldg 2F. Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.
!!Aquavit (Gaienmae - Swedish). 5413-3300
Modern Scandinavian cuisine and spiffy Swedish design from internationally renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson, known for his highly acclaimed Aquavit and Riingo restaurants in New York City. Lunches from Y1500 and dinners from Y6800; there's also a lounge area serving drinks and lighter food. Jackets are recommended for men in the dining room. [See FULL REVIEW.]
decorSunmapKita-Aoyama 2-5-8, Aoyama OM Square 1F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Lilla Dalarna (Roppongi - Swedish). 3478-4690
Tasty and filling Swedish food, with great homemade breads.
mapRoppongi 6-2-7, Daikan Bldg 2F. Open noon-3, 6-11pm. Closed Sundays.
!Stockholm (Akasaka - Swedish). 3509-1677
Pickled herring and much more - their awe-inspiring smorgasbord is a real adventure in dining, so come with a hearty appetite. They also have an impressive selection of eight distinctive aquavits. Lunch 3,150, dinner Y6,090; there's also an a la carte menu and weekend dinner specials. [See FULL REVIEW.]
mapNagatacho 2-14-3, Akasaka Tokyu Plaza 1F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-11pm (LO 9:30-10). Closed Sundays.
!Allt Gott (Kichijoji - Swedish). 0422-21-2338
Excellent Scandinavian cooking from the former chef of Gamlastan in Kichijoji. Lunch starts at Y1500; dinner averages around Y4000 with drinks. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 2-28-1, Shibata Bldg. 2F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-9:30pm. Closed Mondays.
Ikea (Minami-Funabashi - Swedish). 047-436-1111
Ikea's in-store restaurant is a great place for an authentic, inexpensive Swedish meal. They also have a pretty well-stocked Swedish food section next to the exit, carrying Swedish breads, jams and preserves, herring and salmon, aquavit and two kinds of Spendrup's beer. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapChiba-ken, Funabashi, Hamacho 2-3-30. Open 10am-9pm daily.
Ikea (Yokohama - Swedish). 045-470-7500
Tasty meatballs, almond cakes and other Swedish delights are served in the restaurant, at quite reasonable prices. The food department also sells an interesting selection of imported Swedish food and drink - smoked salmon, rye crackers, candies, aquavit, and much more. [Show more]
SunmapTsuzuki-ku, Yokohama, Orimotocho 201-1. Open 10am-9pm daily.

Russian

!Sungari (Shinjuku Kabukicho - Russian). 3209-4937
Well-prepared Russian standards like Chicken Kiev, and lots of vodka.
SunmapKabukicho 2-45-6. (on "American Boulevard" across from station) Open 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Sungari (Nishi-Shinjuku - Russian). 3343-5047
This basement branch of Sungari serves the same tasty Russian food as the main branch in Kabukicho, but in a plainer, more subdued dining space.
mapNishi-Shinjuku 1-7-2, Subaru Bldg. B1F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 4:30-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Rogovski (Shibuya - Russian). 3463-3665
Solid, stick-to-your-ribs Russian food and a panoramic view over Shibuya Station.
SunmapDogenzaka 1-2-2, Tokyu Plaza 9F. Open 11am-10pm daily.
Cafe Russia (Kichijoji - Russian). 0422-23-3200
Authentic Georgian and Russian food is prepared by native chefs in this unpretentious basement cafe. Georgian- and Russian-themed set menus (Y3000-3200 for lunch or dinner) are a good introduction to the kitchen's most popular dishes. [Show more]
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 1-4-10, Nine Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.

German

Keitel (Shinjuku - German). 3354-5057
Typical German dishes and selected German wines and beers from this long-running establishment, now in a new location. Budget around Y5000 for dinner.
SunmapShinjuku 5-6-4, Diamond Mansion 1F. Open noon-2:30, 6-10pm. Closed Mondays.
Stein Haus (Nishi-Shinjuku - German). 5908-3558
Serving relatively expensive German beers and decent pub grub in a cavelike basement, this branch of the Franziskaner group is worth knowing about mostly for their late-night hours.
lateSunmapNishi-Shinjuku 1-4-6, Ida Bldg B1F. Open 5pm-5am daily.
German Farm Grill (Shibuya - German). 5457-2871
A few good German beers at sensible prices, along with sausage-and-meat platters. [See FULL REVIEW.]
lateSunmapShinsen 8-1. (past the top of Dogenzaka on route 246) Open 11:30am-2:30, 6pm-4am daily.
Franz Club (Hamamatsucho - German). 6430-0128
A spacious bar serving meaty German fare and great beer. Four German brews from Spaten and Franziskaner are on draft (starting at Y600/glass) with several more by the bottle. The Y3500 prix-fixe menu consists of assorted German hams, sausages, pork cutlets, spaetzel dumplings in cheese sauce, and a pretzel. Unusual for this neighborhood, they're open till 4am Thursday and Friday nights.
lateSunmapKaigan 1-2-20, Shiodome Building 1F. Open 11am-2, 5-10pm; Thu/Fri 3am; Sat/Sun 8pm. Open every day.
Franziskaner (Roppongi - German). 5786-6867
Situated on Roppongi-dori right in front of Roppongi Hills, this branch of the popular chain offers good German beers, sausages and other snacks, and (relatively) late-night hours.
SunmapRoppongi 6-4-1, Metrohat/Hollywood Plaza 101. Open 11am-1am (LO) daily.
!Bernd's Bar (Roppongi - German). 5563-9232
Hearty, stick-to-your-ribs food and a friendly atmosphere. They feature several different German beers on tap.
mapRoppongi 5-18-1, 2F. Open 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Franziskaner (Kamiyacho - German). 3436-6949
It looks just like an ordinary coffee shop, but they serve German sausages, excellent bread and rolls, and many excellent German beers. (AKA "Die Wurst")
lateSunmapToranomon 5-11-12. (above Kamiyacho station) Open 5pm-4am (9pm Sat, Sun). Open every day.
!Zum Einhorn (Kamiyacho - German). 5563-9240
Although the dining room is notably lacking in atmosphere and music, the kitchen prepares outstanding German cuisine, including some fantastic game dishes in the autumn months. Prices may seem high at first, but portions are much larger than average for Tokyo. They also offer a very good selection of German beers - in all different styles - from around the country.
mapRoppongi 1-9-9, Roppongi 1st Bldg. B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays, 3rd Sat.
Zum Eichen Platz (Akasaka - German). 5545-6623
An impressive food menu and a decent selection of German beers, specializing in Spaten, Franziskaner and Flensburger.
mapAkasaka 5-5-11, 2F. (from Akasaka Sta. exit 7 turn right and walk about 2 min.; it's on the right) Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Franz Club (Marunouchi - German). 5224-8678
Part of the popular Franziskaner chain, Franz club offers a decent selection of German beers and nice roast meats, sausages, ham and similar fare, served well into the wee hours of the morning. Budget around Y4000 at dinnertime. There's also a deluxe weekend brunch priced at Y2980.
lateSunmapMarunouchi 1-5-1, Shin-Marunouchi Bldg 5F. Open 11:30am-4, 5pm-4am daily.
Franziskaner (Nihonbashi - German). 6225-5485
Hard-to-find German beers, German wines, and assorted snacks are on offer at this branch of the small Franziskaner chain. The meat-heavy food menu is more interesting and diverse than might be expected.
mapNihonbashi 3-8-16, Buyo Bldg B1F. (1 block S of Takashimaya) Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Rheingau (Yotsuya 3-chome - German). 3357-2209
One of Tokyo's original German restaurants, Rheingau is so old-school that the sign out front sports a seven-digit phone number. The food menu covers Tokyo's favorite German delicacies (sauerbraten, eisbein, various sausages), while the beer list offers the usual Tokyo imports - Erdinger, Bitburger, Schofferhofer - at below-average prices. There are even a few schnapps on offer. Budget Y4000-5000 at dinnertime; lunch from Y850.
mapArakicho 3-23. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Pauke (Ichigaya - German). 3264-7890
Traditional, meaty German fare along with live music.
latemapYonbancho 4-8, B1F, Nomura Bldg B1F. Open 5pm-2am (LO 1:30). Closed Sundays and holidays.
Franziskaner Bar & Grill (Awajicho - German). 5283-6846
Good imported German beers, sausages and other German fare, from the management of German Farm Grill (in Shibuya). The three-story bar is warm and comfortable, especially the spacious third-floor area.
mapKanda Surugadai 3-1. (on Hongo-dori a couple blocks north of Yasukuni-dori) Open 10:30am-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.

Swiss and Austrian

Swiss Chalet (Nishi-Azabu - Swiss). 5774-9300
Fondue-centered full-course dinners from 5000 yen.
SunmapNishi-Azabu 4-4-5, APA Hotel 1F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-11pm daily.
Tokyo Swiss Inn (Akabanebashi - Swiss). 3588-8708
They've been serving classic Swiss cuisine, including fondue, since 1965. Budget around Y7000 at dinnertime.
mapHigashi-Azabu 1-3-7. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Cassadole (Ningyocho - Swiss). 3666-8856
One of Tokyo's rare Swiss restaurants, Cassadole focuses on cheese fondues, oil fondues with beef and seafood, and chocolate fondues; budget around Y3500 for dinner with drinks.
mapNingyocho 2-6-12. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Ramukana (Yotsuya 3-chome - Swiss). 6457-4942
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, and optional "toppings" such as the excellent smoked bacon chunks. A couple of nice Swiss house wines are available by the bottle, carafe or glass (Y5000 / Y2600 / Y900), along with reasonably priced French wines starting at Y3500. [Show more]
mapArakicho 3-10, Dai-3 Halcyon 2F. Open 6-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Weberhaus (Akasaka - Austrian). 5573-2525
This rather informal restaurant prepares Austrian food - particularly the cuisine of the South Styria region - including crepe-like palatschinken pancakes and wiener schnitzel. There are a few reasonably priced Austrian wines starting at Y3000 per bottle.
mapAkasaka 2-12-11, Charmant Akasaka 2F. Open 5:30-10:30pm. Closed weekends.

Eastern European cuisines

!Minsk (Roppongi 1-chome - Belarusian). 3586-6600
Excellent home-style "Belarus home cooking" by native chefs. The decor is minimal (elaborately stacked vodka bottles, a vodka-themed calendar on the wall), but the food is uniformly good - from the richly flavored borscht (heavily seasoned with cumin, dill and other herbs), to the spongy buckwheat crepes stuffed with minced chicken, to the garlicky potato pancakes. [Show more]
mapAzabudai 1-4-2. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Alohiddin (Hatchobori - Eastern European). 6228-3898
Shashlik and lamb dishes are a specialty of the house at this family-run Uzbek restaurant, and they do a nice mezze-style spread as a starter. The menu also includes Russian and Turkish dishes, and the drinks list features Turkish and Georgian wines. Budget around Y3000 at dinnertime; lunches Y750-950.
mapHatchobori 1-4-8, Morita Bldg B1F. Open 11am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Darie (Omotesando - Romanian). 3797-7374
Authentic and homey Eastern European cooking from Tokyo's very first Romanian restaurant, which was located in Ginza for 32 years before moving to Aoyama. The brightly colored basement dining room is casual with an Old-World stylishness, and service is cordial and professional, with detailed explanations of the various dishes as they're being served. [Show more]
SunmapKita-Aoyama 3-13-1, KIta-Aoyama Sekine Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-9:30pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
Romania (Nakano-Sakaue - Romanian). 5334-5341
Very affordable Romanian fare in a festively overdecorated dining room. At lunchtime there's a choice of grilled chicken, pork cutlet and similarly meaty options for Y1000, including free soft drinks. [Show more]
SunmapHoncho 1-32-24. Open 11:30am-3, 5-10pm. Closed Mondays.
Az Finom (Jingumae 2-chome - Hungarian). 5913-8073
Well-prepared Hungarian food and an excellent selection of around 40-50 Hungarian wines, mostly under Y10,000 and mostly served by the glass. The dining space has an old-fashioned European air about it, with a big wide counter area, three tables and a tiny private room off to one side. [Show more]
no smokingmapJingumae 2-19-5, Azuma Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Paprika.hu (Shirokane-Takanawa - Hungarian). 6277-2037
Traditional Hungarian cooking and a good selection of Hungarian wines. Main dishes range from Y1200-1600.
mapTakanawa 1-1-11. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Country (Jiyugaoka - Hungarian). 3717-4790
Hungarian cooking; full-course dinners are Y3000-5000.
SunmapJiyugaoka 1-28-8, Jiyugaoka Depaato 3F. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Sofia (Kyobashi - Bulgarian). 5200-0141
Sofia serves authentic Bulgarian cuisine - hearty stews and vegetable soups and lots of yogurty dishes. Set lunches from Y800 and prix-fixe dinner menus from Y3500, or order a la carte.
mapYaesu 2-5-12, Prarie Yaesu Bldg 2F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Dobro (Kyobashi - Croatian). 5250-2055
Like Italy, its much larger neighbor across the Adriatic, Croatia has a long coastline and a seafood-heavy Mediterranean cuisine built around grilled fish, scampi, mussels and calamari as well as goat cheese, dried ham and olives. At the same time, northeastern Croatia borders Hungary and is close to Austria, so Eastern European culinary influences are also strong. Dobro, a well-hidden Nihonbashi spot, does an excellent job introducing this often overlooked cuisine to Tokyo diners. [See FULL REVIEW.]
mapKyobashi 2-6-14. Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
!Dasenka (Yotsuya 3-chome - Czech). 5269-6151
A tiny, bookshelf-lined cafe-bar serving Czech, Polish and other Eastern European fare. Menu items include excellent bramborak potato pancakes, goulash made with beer, Moravian-style roast pork and homemade cornbread. [Show more]
SunmapFunamachi 7, Tajima Bldg 201. Open 3-11:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.

Greek

Argo (Hanzomon - Greek). 3265-5504
This very stylish "restaurant and library cafe" serves Greek- and Mediterranean-influenced French food, with an emphasis on seafood. In the daytime there's a nice view out over the greenery of the Imperial Palace grounds. Prix-fixe dinners from Y6000, lunch from Y1640.
decormapKojimachi 1-4-2, One Four Two by Tojo 9F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
!Sparta (Yokohama Kannai - Greek). 045-253-1645
This Greek landmark has been serving hearty, home-style food since 1953 (although they moved to a new location in 2010). The bright, spacious dining area includes lots of counter seating as well as tables.
no smokingSunmapYoshidamachi 3-7. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.

British

Al's Cafe (Takadanobaba - British). 5937-1905
It's a Tudor-style English tearoom right in the Baba - one with a casual, neighborhood-oriented atmosphere. Traditional dishes like shepherd's pie, steak and Guinness pie, and bangers and mash are all priced comfortably under Y1000, and in the evenings bottled English beers run around Y700, while Bass Pale Ale is Y500/bottle and a small draft Heartland is Y400. A traditional English tea is served on Saturday afternoons.
mapTakadanobaba 3-13-1, Noak Bldg 1F. Open 11am-2, 6-11pm. Closed Sundays.
SW11 Kitchen (Harajuku - British). 6804-1456
The British menu here, served from 6:30pm, features bubble and squeak, bangers and mash, fish and chips, and roast lamb, while the drinks list offers Pimms cocktails and cider. This casual London-themed cafe also sells a selection of English old Pyrex, wooden salad spoons and other kitchenware. [Show more]
SunmapJingumae 4-26-27, Lucid Jingumae 3F. Open noon-10:30pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
World Breakfast Allday (Gaienmae - British). 3401-0815
As the name says, this cafe serves breakfasts from around the world, all day. The menu offers three breakfast options - English-style (Y1400), muesli breakfast (Y1000), and a rotating guest breakfast from somewhere exotic, with the featured country changing every two months. Drinks include wine and beer, coffee and tea, juices and cocktails.
SunmapJingumae 3-1-23. Open 9am-10pm (Sun -5pm). Closed Mondays.