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Turkish

Bosphorus Hasan (Shinjuku 2-chome) - Turkish: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 11:30am-11:30pm daily.
One of Tokyo's better Turkish spots, offering a good selection of shish kebabs, Turkish pizzas, salads, and other authentic fare. Budget around Y3000 at dinnertime.
Open 11:30am-11:30pm daily.
Bosphoras Hasan - Turkish: Shinjuku
Open 5-11:30pm daily.
One of the better Turkish restaurants in town, Bosphoras offers a wide selection of shish kebabs, Turkish pizzas, salads, and other authentic fare. There's a belly dance show at 8pm on Wednesday,...
Open 5-11:30pm daily.
Istanbul - Turkish: Shinjuku
Open 5-11pm daily.
Tasty and reasonably priced Turkish food in a comfortable, cozy room.
Open 5-11pm daily.
Kebab Box J - Turkish: Harajuku
Open 10:30am-9pm daily.
First-rate doner kebabs, substantial in size, ready to take home or just eat on the sidewalk outside the shop. Kebabs are chicken, beef, or mixed, served in toasted pita bread and topped with a...
Open 10:30am-9pm daily.
Gelik - Turkish: Gaienmae
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
There's a belly dancer Friday and Saturday nights, starting at 8pm.
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Ankara - Turkish: Shibuya
Open 5:30-11:30pm (LO) daily.
A very appetizing selection of appetizers and an impressive assortment of kebabs and chef's specialties for such a small restaurant. The chef isn't afraid of spices, using more red pepper and garlic...
Open 5:30-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Ankara (Miyamasuzaka-ten) - Turkish: Shibuya
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Nicely prepared mezes and kebabs from an extensive menu. Open Mon-Sat for lunch and dinner, Sunday dinner only.
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Burgaz Ada - Turkish: Azabu-Juban
Open 6pm-2am daily.
The recipes at Burgaz Ada are from Constantinople, not Istanbul, as the chef is ambitiously working to recreate historical dishes from the Ottoman Empire - the roots of modern Turkish cuisine. ...
Open 6pm-2am daily.
Istanbul - Turkish: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-3, 5-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Good Turkish cooking from this Tokyo Turkish pioneer (the original Shinjuku restaurant has been in business since 1988). Belly dancing Wednesday through Saturday nights. Budget around Y4000 at...
Open 11:30am-3, 5-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Istanbul - Turkish: Ginza
Open 5-11pm daily.
Good Turkish cooking from this Tokyo Turkish pioneer. Budget around Y4000 at dinnertime. Lunch is served on weekends.
Open 5-11pm daily.

Middle Eastern

Palmyra - Middle Eastern: Ikebukuro
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
Syrian cuisine; prix-fixe dinner menus from Y2800, or a la carte.
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
Bistro Hitsujiya - Middle Eastern: Yoyogi
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Everyone's favorite Yoyogi-area all-lamb restaurant. They do kebabs from all over, cous cous and lamb steaks. There's also a big menu of Cajun specialties, including some serious gumbo.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Kuumba du Falafel - Middle Eastern: Shibuya
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-8:30pm (LO; Sun -6). Closed Mondays.
Falafel sandwiches and platters, hummus and lentil soup are served at this tiny eight-seat cafe, and everything is available to take out.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-8:30pm (LO; Sun -6). Closed Mondays.
Aladdin - Middle Eastern: Nishi-Azabu
Open 11:30-2, 5:30-10:30pm daily.
Nicely done kebabs and other authentic Persian dishes, from the management of the former Ali Baba. They offer a Y1200 buffet at lunchtime, every day but Sunday.
Open 11:30-2, 5:30-10:30pm daily.
Hitsujiya - Middle Eastern: Yotsuya 3-chome
Open 11:30am-2, 6:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Lamb kebabs and incredibly cheap wines from around the world are the attractions at this casual Yotsuya dining spot. Wines start at under Y1000 per bottle, thanks to their policy of marking up wines...
Open 11:30am-2, 6:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Adonys - Middle Eastern: Ochanomizu
Open 10am-10pm daily.
Fast-food versions of shawarma, falafel and other Middle-Eastern favorites are the draw at this very casual eating spot. Most items come either a la carte, in a wrap, or in a set meal with a drink,...
Open 10am-10pm daily.
Al Mina - Middle Eastern: Kanda
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Al Mina, Tokyo's only Palestinian restaurant, serves great Middle-Eastern cuisine and some decent Lebanese and Palestinian wines. The warm, inviting space includes a comfortable sofa area where...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Pao - Middle Eastern: Higashi-Nakano
Open 6pm-midnight (LO 10:45). Closed Mondays.
We love it when restaurants improve with age, and the food at Pao has gotten noticeably better over time. It was always a fun destination - you sit on thick carpets at tiny tables while listening to...
Open 6pm-midnight (LO 10:45). Closed Mondays.
Carthago - Middle Eastern: Nakano
Open 6-10pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Terrific Turkish, Tunisian, and Lebanese specialties, great music, and a very comfortable atmosphere. The wine list covers the Mediterranean from Spain to Algeria to Morocco, with some nice Spanish...
Open 6-10pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Whale - Middle Eastern: Koenji
Open 5pm-2am daily.
Well-selected and reasonably priced craft beers and wines are complemented by simple Middle Eastern fare (tajines, dips, falafel) at this tiny drinking spot. Located next to a sister shop called...
Open 5pm-2am daily.
Enrique Maruesco - Middle Eastern: Higashi-Kitazawa
Open 6-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Moroccan cuisine.
Open 6-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Uchimura Egyptian Deli Shop - Middle Eastern: Higashi-Kitazawa
Open 11am-8:30pm. Closed Sundays.
The Egyptian fare at this tiny deli-style shop is tasty and impressively inexpensive. Well-seasoned mutton and chicken-spinach curries run Y500-600, and come with rice or pita bread. Chicken and...
Open 11am-8:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Roiseau - Middle Eastern: Sangenjaya
Open 11:30am-midnight. Closed Sundays.
With just twelve seats Dar Roiseau may be the smallest Moroccan restaurant in town, but the kitchen manages to turn out an impressive variety of Middle Eastern dishes. There's also a nice selection...
Open 11:30am-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Le Maghreb - Middle Eastern: Futago-tamagawa
Open 5-11:30pm. Closed Mondays.
A casual cafe serving real Moroccan cuisine - lamb and dried fruit tajine, grilled snapper flavored with garlic, and spicy meat kebabs. Prix-fixe dinner is Y3900. Open till 2am Fri/Sat; lunch...
Open 5-11:30pm. Closed Mondays.
Sabalan - Middle Eastern: Jiyugaoka
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
A charming little shop serving Persian and Turkish cuisine, including various kebabs, at reasonable prices. Open all afternoon.
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Al Ain - Middle Eastern: Yokohama Kannai
Open 5:30-11pm. Closed Mondays.
Arabic, Lebanese and Moroccan food (set dinners for each, or a la carte) prepared by Lebanese owner/chef Ziad, formerly a chef at the Kuwaiti embassy. From the superb mezze and pita bread to...
Open 5:30-11pm. Closed Mondays.

North Asian

Shilingol - Mongolian: Sugamo
Open 6-9:45pm (LO) daily.
A charming, unassuming converted coffee shop where every surface is covered by bric-a-brac - spice jars, tea-making equipment, musical instruments, wooden carvings of horses, and the like. The food...
Open 6-9:45pm (LO) daily.
Ulaan Baatar - Mongolian: Ryogoku
Open 4pm-midnight. Closed Tuesdays.
The lamb-heavy menu at Ulaan Baatar attracts a good portion of the local Mongolian community, including the occasional sumo wrestler. (One of the chefs here is in fact the mother of a Mongolian sumo...
Open 4pm-midnight. Closed Tuesdays.
Silkroad Tarim - Uygur: Hatsudai
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
Mutton-focused Uyghur cuisine from Western China is the unusual specialty at this neighborhood noodle shop. Handmade leghmen noodles, long thick noodles topped with stir-fried meats and vegetables,...
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.

Israeli

Ta-im - Israeli: Ebisu
Open 11am-3:30, 5:30-11pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Great Middle-Eastern fare - falafel, hummus, Israeli-style salads - and various Israeli wines by the bottle, all at reasonable prices. The Y1300 Ta-im lunch plate offers a good sampling of the menu,...
Open 11am-3:30, 5:30-11pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Shamaim - Israeli: Ekoda
Open 5-11pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
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;...
Open 5-11pm (LO). Closed Mondays.

African

Esogie - African: Shinjuku
Open 6pm-midnight (Fri, Sat -4am). Closed Wednesdays.
Esogie's owner Lucky Isiwe has recreated a little slice of Lagos in Shinjuku 3-Chome. Nigerian funk plays on the bar's powerful sound system, and there's always something good cooking on the stove.
Open 6pm-midnight (Fri, Sat -4am). Closed Wednesdays.
Teranga - African: Ebisu
Open 5pm-12:30am. Closed Tuesdays.
This African bar-restaurant serves Senegalese dishes like mufe peanut stew and thiebou yapp (marinated beef with onions, olives and garlic), plus original fare like egg pizza and bar snacks.
Open 5pm-12:30am. Closed Tuesdays.
Calabash - African: Hamamatsucho
Open 6-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Malian and Senegalese cuisine is served here, along with South African wines.
Open 6-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Safari - African: Akasaka
Open 11am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Home-style African dishes from across the continent and a great soundtrack of African music are the draws at this festive little bar-restaurant. The menu covers the range from simple kebabs, pilafs...
Open 11am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Tribes - African: Yotsuya 3-chome
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Formerly located in Kagurazaka, this small neighborhood bar serves a menu of African and African-inspired dishes like cous cous, peanut-chicken stew, and tasty boerewors sausage. Thrill seekers can...
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Africa Tairiku - African: Kichijoji
Open 7pm-2am. Closed Mondays.
Popular with members of the African expat community, African Continent serves West African food and hosts regular concert nights. Menu suggestions include yam and fish soup, moimoi (tofu made from...
Open 7pm-2am. Closed Mondays.
Queen Sheba - Ethiopian: Naka-Meguro
Open 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
It's hard to describe Ethiopian food as bland, but many of the dishes here taste very similar, and aren't as exciting as they ought to be. They also have live entertainment, including magic shows.
Open 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
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Updated 2016-09-30