Nishi-Azabu, Roppongi Hills


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]
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Higashi 4-6-3. Open 5pm-3am daily.
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.
lateSunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 7-13-12. Open 6pm-8am daily.
Azabu Shokudo (Yoshoku). 3409-4767
Omu-rice (fried-rice omelettes) and menchi-katsu (deep-fried minced-meat cutlet) are the staples at this popular neighborhood yoshoku establishment, along with Hamburg steaks and crab croquettes. The omelette is traditional in style, with a dark-hued fried-rice filling that's flavored with a mixture of ketchup and tomato sauce, and studded with bits of chicken and onion. The egg is just barely set, and it's served with your choice of three dressings - plain ketchup, demi-glace sauce or white sauce. [Show more]
mapMinato-ku, Nishi-Azabu 4-18-1, Azabu West B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays, Mondays.
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.
lateSunmapMinato-ku, Nishi-Azabu 4-22-10, Prestage Nishi-Azabu 1F. Open 6pm-2am (LO) daily.
81 (International). 080-4067-0081
"Borderless cuisine" is the ambitious specialty at this eatery run by three veterans of El Bulli in Spain. The eight-course tasting menu draws on local, seasonal ingredients, and includes drinks (one beer and four wines). Budget around Y25,000 for dinner with drinks. By reservation only.
mapMinato-ku, Nishi-Azabu 4-21-2, Courtyard Hiroo. Open 6pm, 9pm. Closed Sundays.
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.
latemapMinato-ku, Nishi-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.]
decorSunmapMinato-ku, Nishi-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]
SunmapMinato-ku, Nishi-Azabu 2-24-9. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
!!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]
decormapMinato-ku, Nishi-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 smokinglatemapMinato-ku, Nishi-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.
SunmapMinato-ku, Nishi-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 smokinglateSunmapMinato-ku, Nishi-Azabu 2-13-15. Open 11:30-2:30am daily.
!Rice Terrace (Thai). 6450-5033
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.
mapMinato-ku, Nishi-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.
SunmapMinato-ku, Nishi-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 smokinglatedecorSunmapMinato-ku, Nishi-Azabu 1-13-11. Open 11:30am-2:45am daily.
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.]
SunmapMinato-ku, Nishi-Azabu 3-13-10. Open noon-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
!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.]
decorSunmapMinato-ku, Nishi-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.
SunmapMinato-ku, Nishi-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]
mapMinato-ku, Nishi-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.
mapMinato-ku, Nishi-Azabu 4-2-15. Open 6-9:45pm (LO). Closed Sundays, Mondays.
Swiss Chalet (Swiss). 5774-9300
Fondue-centered full-course dinners from 5000 yen.
SunmapMinato-ku, Nishi-Azabu 4-4-5, APA Hotel 1F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-9:45pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
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.
SunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Azabu 5-1-6, La Saccaia Minami-Azabu 1/2 F. Open 7-10am, 11am-4pm, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Captain Cook (British). 6277-2308
The menu here is a mix of British and international cuisines, with dishes like sausage and mash, roast beef, beetroot-apple soup and Boston chowder. The breakfast-brunch menu, with classics like Eggs Benedict, is served from 8am-2:30pm weekdays and 8:30am-3:30pm weekends.
SunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Azabu 5-2-37. Open 8:30am-10pm. Closed Mondays.
!Gogyou (Ramen). 5775-5566
Excellent miso-style ramen. Gogyo blackens their miso in a kitchen-side fire show while preparing the soup.
lateSunmapMinato-ku, Nishi-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.
SunmapMinato-ku, Nishi-Azabu 1-6-4. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-8:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Chien Fu (Taiwanese). 6438-9128
The Taiwanese-style vegetarian cuisine here is a mock-meat cuisine based on soy protein, gluten, dried bean curd and vegetables, without onions or garlic, served with organic brown rice. The original branch is in Tachikawa, in western Tokyo.
SunmapMinato-ku, Nishi-Azabu 3-1-22, Sai Bldg 4F. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
!SuperDeluxe (Club). 5412-0515
SuperDeluxe have established themselves as a center for experimental music, performance and art, with interesting events scheduled for nearly every night of the week. The bar serves a couple of very good microbrew beers including the locally made Tokyo Ale. [Show more]
SunmapMinato-ku, Nishi-Azabu 3-1-25, Kanaya Hotel Mansion B1F. Open 8pm-2am daily.
!Chinese Cafe Eight (Chinese). 5414-5708
Very good Peking duck and other Chinese fare at amazingly low prices. [See FULL REVIEW.]
lateSunmapMinato-ku, Nishi-Azabu 3-2-13, Court Annex 2F. Open 24 hours a day.
Aladdin (Middle Eastern). 3401-8851
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.
SunmapMinato-ku, Nishi-Azabu 3-2-6. Open 11:30-2, 5:30-10:30pm daily.

Roppongi Hills

!Butagumi Shokudo (Tonkatsu). 3408-6751
Tonkatsu at this branch of the legendary Nishi-Azabu Butagumi is made from premium grades of pork and heirloom breeds. The spacious counter surrounds an open kitchen area where you can watch your tonkatsu being prepared. Regular tonkatsu starts at around Y1000, while more exotic meats like Super Golden Pork range from Y2500-3000 for a set meal. Lunch is served until 4:30pm.
SunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 6-2-31, Roppongi Hills North Tower B1F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Tetsu (Ramen). 3497-0154
A convenient and popular Roppongi Hills branch of one of Tokyo's best shops for tsukemen-style ramen noodles.
SunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 6-2-31, Roppongi Hills North Tower B1F. Open 11am-10:45pm (LO) daily.
Franziskaner (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.
SunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 6-4-1, Metrohat/Hollywood Plaza 101. Open 11am-1am (LO) daily.
Pintokona (Sushi). 5771-1133
A modern conveyor-belt sushi shop with a high-tech element - an electronic chip in each plate keeps track of freshness, and fish is taken out of rotation after thirty minutes.
SunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 6-4-1, Metrohat B2F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
!L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon (French). 5772-7500
"New-style French dining" in a very stylish dining room. The food is first-rate and the ambience is casual, with all counter seating. The focus of attention is the open kitchen space on the other side of the counter - a performance space really - where the chefs go about their work. [See FULL REVIEW.]
no smokingdecorSunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 6-10-2, Roppongi Hills Hillside 220. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Kitchen Salvatore, The (Italian). 5772-0065
Upscale Italian cooking from the popular Salvatore Cuomo chain.
latedecorSunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 6-10-1, Roppongi Hills Westwalk 507. Open 11am-2am (LO) daily.
Kushinobo (Kushiage). 5771-0094
Late-night kushi-katsu, with shochu, awamori and sake from around Japan.
lateSunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 6-10-1, Roppongi Hills Westwalk 509. Open 11am-4am (LO) daily.
Hachibei (Roppongi Hills) (Yakitori). 3478-3669
Great Hakata-style yakitori in stylish surroundings; the main branch is a popular Fukuoka destination. Budget around Y4500 for food and drinks at dinnertime.
SunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 6-10-1, Roppongi Hills Westwalk 5F. Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Rokuzo (Izakaya). 3423-1166
Now here's something you don't expect to find in the middle of Roppongi Hills - an old-fashioned down-to-earth izakaya. The specialty at Sakanaya Rokuzo is fish and seafood from around Japan, served raw, basket-steamed or charcoal-grilled. The grill menu also offers a good selection of tempting, meatier items like miso-marinated pork belly, tsukune with yuzu-kosho oroshi, and heirloom Iwate chicken. [Show more]
SunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 6-10-1, Roppongi Hills Westwalk 5F. Open 11am-10pm (LO; Fri, Sat -4am) daily.
Yasaiya Mei (Japanese). 5775-2960
Healthy seasonal vegetable-centered cuisine is the concept at this cheerful counter shop, with attractively presented dishes like bagna cauda, vegetable shabu-shabu, grilled shiitake with duck, and grilled acorns. Take-out bentos are sold from 11am-4pm. Budget around Y5000 for dinner; lunches from Y1300. Open to 1am Fridays and Saturdays.
SunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 6-10-1, Roppongi Hills Westwalk 5F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
French Kitchen (French). 4333-8781
This flagship restaurant of the Grand Hyatt bills itself as a French brasserie, with a very spacious setting and a dramatic open kitchen. Their all-day service includes breakfast and a popular brunch on weekends. The Y2200 weekday lunch buffet is also worth checking out. [Show more]
SunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 6-10-3, Grand Hyatt 2F. Open 6:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
!Chinaroom (Chinese). 4333-8785
The Grand Hyatt's Chinese restaurant offers a dim sum buffet at lunchtime every day for Y4200. Budget around Y10,000 per person in the evening for food and drink. [See FULL REVIEW.]
decorSunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 6-10-3, Grand Hyatt 6F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm daily.
!Oak Door (Steak house). 4333-8784
Excellent grilled meats and flamboyantly expensive New World wines in the Grand Hyatt's flagship restaurant. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 6-10-3, Grand Hyatt 6F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10:30pm daily.
Obika Mozzarella Bar (Italian). 5786-6400
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 wines. Budget around Y5000 at dinnertime, Y1500 for lunch.
SunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 6-10-2, Roppongi Hills Hillside B1F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
!Sukiyabashi Jiro (Sushi). 5413-6626
This is the English-friendly branch of the legendary Sukiyabashi Jiro in Ginza, run by the original owner's son, where you can enjoy absolutely top-grade sushi and actually talk to the chef, which is at least half the fun. Lunch menus from around Y17,000, dinner from Y24,000 (plus drinks).
SunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 6-12-2, Keyakizaka-dori 3F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-9pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Il Mulino (Italian). 5786-0337
This popular international chain restaurant serves New York-style Italian fare, with a focus on Roman cuisine. The menu features ten veal dishes (ranging Y5000-8000), scampi, and a good selection of daily specials. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 6-12-4, Keyakizaka-dori 2F. Open 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
!Lauderdale (Cafe). 3405-5533
It's hard finding a good breakfast in Tokyo outside of the international hotels, but this Roppongi Hills cafe delivers the goods. The breakfast/brunch menu is a mix of European and international influences - freshly made souffles, French-style omelettes, croissants, custom-made salads and buttermilk pancakes. The afternoon/evening menus are a mix of French bistro and international fare - pork rillettes, duck confit, beef-cheek pot-au-feu, falafel croquettes, roast beetroot with goat cheese. Beverages include fancy cocktails, fruit smoothies, and moderately priced wines. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 6-15-1, Keyakizaka-dori 1F. Open 7am-10pm (LO) daily.
!L'Estasi (Italian). 5770-4565
Fine Italian dining in a casual atmosphere, from the Michelin-starred Sadler restaurant in Milan. Full-course dinners are Y8500, while pizzas and pastas are in the Y2200-2800 range. There's also a very impressive wine cellar. Terrace seating is available in the warmer months of the year.
SunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi Hills, Keyakizaka-dori, Gate Tower 3F. Open 11am-1am daily.
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