Nishi-Azabu/ Hiroo

Nishi-Azabu

Implicito (Wine bar). 5774-4433
A small, casual Italian wine bar that serves around twenty wines by the glass, in all price ranges, along with light snacks. [Show more]
lateSunmapHigashi 4-6-3. Open 5pm-3am daily.
Kaikatei (Chinese). 3406-3657
Good food served in a 1930s Shanghai junkshop interior.
mapMinami-Aoyama 7-8-1. (on Roppongi-dori, next to Ari's Lamplight) Open 11:30am-2, 6-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Helmsdale (Bar). 3486-4220
300 single-malt whiskies, a couple of interesting Scottish ales (Dark Island and Black Cuillin, from Orkney and Skye respectively), and an interesting food menu, including haggis, Welsh rarebit and kipper herring. Open shockingly late.
lateSunmapMinami-Aoyama 7-13-12. Open 6pm-8am daily.
Ahill (Teppanyaki). 5766-2020
A snazzy little grill-counter setup specializing in Japanese beef steaks and other grilled meats (lamb, Iberico pork), French teppanyaki style. The prix-fixe menus also include the shop's original curry-rice after the main course. The all-French wine list ranges from Y3000 - Y177,000 per bottle; dinners from Y4095.
lateSunmapNishi-Azabu 4-22-10, Prestage Nishi-Azabu 1F. Open 6pm-2am (LO) daily.
Tafia (Bar). 3407-2219
Officially known as "Rhum et cafe Tafia," this bar's emphasis is more on the rum end of the spectrum, with a breathtaking variety (some 300 bottles) that includes limited-edition labels that you won't find in shops.
latemapNishi-Azabu 2-15-14, West Point Bldg 1F. Open 5pm-4:30am. Closed Sundays.
!Teyandei (Izakaya). 3407-8127
Excellent grilled fish and meats and friendly service in this lovely converted two-story house. Full-course dinnertime menus from Y2500. There are semi-private rooms on the ground floor and an open party space upstairs, but the counter seating offers the best view of the chefs at work on the grill. [See FULL REVIEW.]
decorSunmapNishi-Azabu 2-20-1.
!Butagumi (Tonkatsu). 5466-6775
Tonkatsu doesn't get much better than this. Butagumi showcases premium pork brands - Spanish Iberico, Berkshire, Tokyo X, Agoo from Okinawa and many others, with several choices on any given day. If you have trouble deciding, they offer specials with five small pieces of different pork varieties that you can compare (Y2800 and/or Y3800, depending on the day). [Show more]
SunmapNishi-Azabu 2-24-9. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
La Boheme (Italian). 3407-1363
A convenient late-night Italian standby.
no smokinglateSunmapNishi-Azabu 2-25-18. Open 11:30-4:15am (LO) daily.
!!La Bombance (Japanese). 5778-6511
Top-notch creative seasonal Japanese cuisine from innovative young chef Naohiro Watanabe. The attitude towards the food and atmosphere is fun and relaxed rather than stiff and formal. While the ingredients are top-grade, there are welcome playful touches in both the cooking and decor. [Show more]
decormapNishi-Azabu 2-26-21 B1F. Open 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Taku (Sushi). 5774-4372
It's unusual to find high-quality sushi like this outside Ginza, but here it's presented in a modern dining room with late-night hours. They also serve French wines as an alternative to sake; wines from Y1000/ glass or Y10,000-Y150,000/ bottle. Budget around Y18,000 for dinner.
no smokinglatemapNishi-Azabu 2-11-5. Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Hokkaien (Chinese). 3407-8507
Good Peking-style food in a well-established neighborhood restaurant. Dinner averages around Y7,000.
SunmapNishi-Azabu 2-12-1. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Zest (Tex-Mex). 3400-2235
Well-prepared, casual California-Mexican dishes and a variety of ever-popular frozen margaritas.
no smokinglateSunmapNishi-Azabu 2-13-15. Open 11:30-2:30am daily.
!Rice Terrace (Thai). 3498-6271
A stylishly decorated restaurant in a converted two-story house. The food is spicy and authentic, with plenty of original dishes to show off the chef's talents. There's a nice selection of Australian/California wines to go with the food. Reservations recommended. No smoking 6-9pm.
mapNishi-Azabu 2-7-9. Open noon-2pm, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays and holidays.
Comodo (Bar). 3498-2450
A very-late-night bar with a local crowd and a simple but fairly good food menu. Cover charge.
SunmapNishi-Azabu 2-5-6. (on Gaien-Nishi-dori, near the overpass next to the cemetery) Open 8pm-8am daily.
Gompachi (Japanese). 5771-0170
Good sushi and other straight-ahead Japanese fare from the late-night Global Dining group (La Boheme, Zest, etc.). The massive, multi-story space is always buzzing with activity, and sometimes seems to be the center of an international social scene in Tokyo.
no smokinglatedecorSunmapNishi-Azabu 1-13-11. Open 11:30am-2:45am daily.
!Gogyou (Ramen). 5775-5566
Excellent miso-style ramen. Gogyo blackens their miso in a kitchen-side fire show while preparing the soup.
lateSunmapNishi-Azabu 1-4-36. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-2:30am daily.
L'Auberge de L'ill (French). 5785-8880
This is the Tokyo outpost of the famous restaurant in Alsace, which has been awarded three Michelin stars for forty years in a row. The rather grand building was once home to the Georgian Club restaurant. Managed by the Hiramatsu group. Weekday lunches from Y4200, and prix-fixe dinners from Y10,500.
SunmapNishi-Azabu 1-6-4. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-8:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Le Souffle (French). 5474-0909
Yes, this cafe would be worth knowing about for their dessert souffles alone. But they also offer a full menu of remarkably high-quality French cooking, from straightforward starters like scallop salad and foie gras to substantial meat and fish dishes. Plus, some dozen savory souffles. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapNishi-Azabu 3-13-10. Open noon-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
!Kenbokke (Indian). 3498-7080
The tandoori items here are excellent - succulent, beautifully spiced chicken tikka, enticing kebabs and prawns; even the nan is a flavorful surprise. Dinner around Y3,000 - 4,000 per person.
mapNishi-Azabu 4-11-28. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Mario i-Sentieri (Italian). 6418-7072
Serious Italian cooking from Tuscan native and sometime TV chef Mario Frittoli (formerly of Luxor and Il Pinolo). Signature dishes include pistachio gnocchi with scampi and asparagus, and pappardelle with wild-boar ragu. Full-course dinners Y7,500 - 10,000 or a la carte; lunches (weekdays only) Y1,000 - 5,000.
mapNishi-Azabu 4-1-10. Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
!Konbuya (Oden). 5464-3740
Although it's best known in its convenience-store and yatai manifestations, oden can be a cuisine of great subtlety and refinement, and Konbuya in Nishi-Azabu is an excellent place to investigate the mysteries of gourmet oden preparation. There's also a very nice selection of sake and shochu to go with it. [See FULL REVIEW.]
decorSunmapNishi-Azabu 4-10-5. Open 6pm-1am (LO; 11pm Sundays). Open every day.
!Bistro de la Cite (French). 3406-5475
A casual, medium-priced bistro on Nishi-Azabu's "bistro-dori"; the food is excellent.
SunmapNishi-Azabu 4-2-10. Open noon-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Elevage (Wine bar). 6419-3889
The sign outside of Elevage reads simply, "Rare wine and spirits," but one look inside and wine lovers will swoon, whiskey connoisseurs will drool. Prices aren't cheap, but Elevage is one of the few bars in Tokyo where you can order wines like Clos des Lambraye Grand Cru and Chateau d'Yquem by the glass. [Show more]
mapNishi-Azabu 4-2-13, Hachiman Bldg 2F. Open 7pm-1am. Closed Sundays.
Kitchen 5 (Mediterranean). 3409-8835
This long-running Nishi-Azabu standby is one of the pioneers in tapas-style "mukokuseki" (no-nationality) dining. The service can be moody at times, but the food is usually quite interesting.
mapNishi-Azabu 4-2-15. Open 6-9:45pm (LO). Closed Sundays, Mondays.
Parabola (Wine bar). 6805-1926
Billed as "a unique wine meets art rooftop hideaway," Parabola has set itself the goal of making wine more accessible by introducing a wide range of interesting wines and pairing them with small-plate dishes - Basque rabbit stew, spicy Egyptian dukkah salads, charcuterie and cheeses. There's live jazz from time to time and frequent art exhibits. Most wines are in the Y4000-15,000 range, with an emphasis on good value. Budget around Y2000-3000 for food.
SunmapNishi-Azabu 4-2-5, Art Silo Bldg 7F. Open 6pm-midnight (or later Thu-Sat) daily.
Swiss Chalet (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.
Sawamura (Bakery). 5421-8686
The ground-floor bakery includes a cafe area where you can enjoy fresh-baked bread and pastries with your morning coffee from 7am.
SunmapMinami-Azabu 5-1-6, La Saccaia Minami-Azabu 1/2 F. Open 7-10am, 11am-4pm, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.

Hiroo

Yamafuji (Japanese). 5795-2683
Organic grocer Daichi wo Mamoru Kai supplies this smart Japanese bistro with organic fish and meat, pesticide-free produce, and even organic alcohol. [Show more]
SunmapHiroo 5-4-11. Open 11:30am-2, 6-11pm (LO) daily.
Partenope (Italian). 5798-3355
A comfortable neighborhood place with attentive service and reliable pasta dishes. The pasta or pizza lunch is Y1200.
SunmapMinami-Azabu 5-15-25. Open 11:30am-2, 6-11pm daily.
Burger Mania (Sandwiches/burgers). 5422-7899
The second branch of the Shiroganedai-based burger shop, serving gourmet sandwiches as well as American-style burgers. The pastrami sandwich (Y1100) is exclusive to this branch.
SunmapMinami-Azabu 5-15-25 2F. Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Enoteca (Liquor shop). 3280-3634
A large selection of French and Italian wines, many at the higher end of the price scale. There's a 5% discount if you join their "club".
SunmapMinami-Azabu 5-14-15, Arisugawa West Bldg 1F. Open 11am-8pm daily.
!Restaurant J (International). 5798-9070
The very talented Chef Ueki serves up contemporary international cuisine with a French base; it's the kind of place where the staff lovingly describe every ingredient on each plate as it arrives at your table. The separate bar area is open till 4am (except Sundays); Y500 table charge. [Show more]
lateSunmapMinami-Azabu 5-14-15, Arisugawa West Bldg. 2F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Bondi Cafe (Cafe). 5422-9449
A casual, open-air, dog-friendly cafe on a back street behind Hiroo station. The food menu tends toward Hawaiian and Asian fusion, with above-average prices.
lateSunmapMinami-Azabu 5-15-9, Barbizon70 1F. Open 9am-2am daily.
!Salsita (Mexican). 3280-1145
This simple, cheerfully decorated spot serves authentic and tasty Mexican food at friendly prices. Formerly located alongside the tracks in Ebisu, they now occupy slightly larger quarters near Hiroo station.
SunmapMinami-Azabu 4-5-65, B1F. Open 11:45am-1:45, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
National Azabu (Retail). 3442-3181
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 cheeses, muesli and other breakfast cereals, canned soups, cake mixes, candies and many other European and North American products. They deliver within about a 20-minute radius of the store.
SunmapMinami-Azabu 4-5-2. Open 9am-8pm daily.
La Jolla (Tex-Mex). 3442-1865
Run-of-the-mill "Mexican"-flavored American food. Often crowded, and popular with American families. No smoking.
no smokingSunmapHiroo 5-16-3, Koyasu Bldg. 2F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-11pm (LO 10pm) daily.
!Ibiza (Izakaya). 5421-0570
Ibiza calls itself a "fisherman's diner," and this unpretentious neighborhood spot offers a great selection of fresh-caught fish and seafood. Simple home-style recipes rely on the high quality of the ingredients rather than showing off any dazzling cooking tricks. [Show more]
mapHiroo 5-16-16 2F. Open 6pm-midnight.
Hanauta (Okinawan). 5791-2524
A wide range of Okinawan standards and unusual original dishes (like aloe sashimi), plus plenty of awamori.
lateSunmapHiroo 5-17-6, Kawakami Bldg. B1F. (Walk west from Hiroobashi and turn left on the second corner (before Homework's); Hanuta is on the right after 1 min.) Open 6pm-3am daily.
And The Friet (Cafe). 6409-6916
It's a restaurant devoted to French fries, served with various dips (basil mayonaisse, chili sour cream, avocado) and side dishes like pork sausage, chili con carne and falafel. Box sets of fries and side start at around Y800, and you can eat at the small counter or take them home.
SunmapHiroo 5-16-1. Open 10am-9pm. Closed Mondays.
!Homework's (Sandwiches/burgers). 3444-4560
Terrific overstuffed sandwiches and great burgers in a pleasant cafe-style setting. They also provide thirty-minute delivery within the area.
no smokingSunmapHiroo 5-1-20. Open 11am-9pm (LO) (Sun. to 6pm). Open every day.
!Angolo (Italian). 5447-7055
Serious, modern Italian dining in a very tasteful setting. The extensive pasta section includes items like home-made pici with duck ragout and home-made tagliolini with anchovies and mushrooms. Starters average around Y2000; pastas Y2500, mains Y3000. The extensive wine list covers all of Italy and includes a handful of bottles for Y6800 and under, with most in the Y8000-15,000 range. Prix-fixe lunches (starting at Y1800) are an especially good deal.
mapMinami-Azabu 4-2-42. Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm. Closed Sundays.
!Aladdin (French). 5420-0038
mapEbisu 2-22-10. Open noon-2, 6-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
La Pitchouli de Loulou (French). 3440-5858
This cozy bistrot serves hearty French country cuisine - cassoulets, blood sausages - and many reasonly priced wines by the glass or bottle. The late-night hours are convenient, and perhaps the best time to visit; the counter can get a bit cramped and smoky earlier in the evening.
lateSunmapEbisu 2-23-3. Open 7pm-3am. Closed Mondays.
Bon Sweets & Smile (Cafe). 3447-1063
lateSunmapEbisu 2-24-9. Open noon-2am daily.
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