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This guide covers the areas of Azabu-Juban, Kamiyacho and Onarimon.
This guide covers the areas of Azabu-Juban, Kamiyacho and Onarimon.
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Azabu-Juban

Napoleon Fish - Chinese: Azabu-Juban
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Spicy regional Chinese dishes from Guizhou and Yunnan provinces (just north of Laos and Vietnam). Budget around Y6-7000 at night, Y1000 at lunchtime.
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Ukyo - Izakaya: Azabu-Juban
Open 6pm-4am daily.
The fantastic sake list here (more than 200 varieties) is supported by a solid sake-friendly food menu, including many Okinawan dishes and luxurious items like foie gras and uni. Budget around Y7000...
Open 6pm-4am daily.
Hainan Jeefan Shokudo - Singaporean: Azabu-Juban
Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed 3rd Monday.
A "hawker-style SE Asian canteen" in a pretty cafe setting; they specialize in very authentic Singapore-style Hainanese Chicken Rice (steamed chicken served with jasmine rice and various sauces). ...
Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed 3rd Monday.
Craft Hands - Beer bar: Azabu-Juban
Open 5pm-2am daily.
This intimate neighborhood beer bar covers all the bases, with a dozen domestic craft beers on tap, plus a fridge filled with another fifty crafty US and Belgian imports by the bottle - the Belgians...
Open 5pm-2am daily.
Miyakawa - Spanish: Azabu-Juban
Open 5-11pm. Closed weekends.
A tiny counter bar (plus a few tables) with friendly service and good food. The tapas-style menu includes various Spanish hams, an excellent paella, and a very rich and luscious oxtail stew. You'll...
Open 5-11pm. Closed weekends.
Homework's - Sandwiches/ burgers: Azabu-Juban
Open 11am-9pm (LO), Sundays to 6pm. Open every day.
Gourmet burger pioneers in Tokyo, they still grill up some of Tokyo's better burgers in town, and also assemble great sandwiches (including an inspirational shrimp and avocado combination) and...
Open 11am-9pm (LO), Sundays to 6pm. Open every day.
Grace - Korean: Azabu-Juban
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:30pm (LO), Sun to 10:30. Closed 3rd Sunday.
The specialty of the house is a dish called samgetang - a richly flavored Korean stew made from tender chicken meat, ginseng, garlic, Korean dates and rice. Enjoy it here in conjunction with...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:30pm (LO), Sun to 10:30. Closed 3rd Sunday.
Hudson Market Bakers - Bakery: Azabu-Juban
Open 11am-8pm (Sat, Sun -7pm). Closed Mondays.
The concept here is a New York-style bakery-cafe in the heart of Azabu-Juban, selling top-quality cheesecake, carrot cake, brownies, cookies, cornbread and pastries just like you'd find in New York. ...
Open 11am-8pm (Sat, Sun -7pm). Closed Mondays.
Nagasaka Sarashina - Soba: Azabu-Juban
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Sarashina soba noodles, the specialty here, are made only from the refined core of the buckwheat kernel. Noodles here are served with two dipping sauces - sweet and spicy - which you can combine as...
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Chef's Table - South American: Azabu-Juban
Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
Filling a gap in the Tokyo dining scene, The Chef's Table offers upscale Latin American cuisine paired with good, affordable wines. During a recent visit we enjoyed an impressive Argentine-style...
Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
Eat More Greens - Cafe: Azabu-Juban
Open 11am-10:15pm (LO; from 9am Sat, Sun) daily.
If you have friends in town who are vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free, this "vegetable cafe and bakery" is the place to send them. They serve curries and pastas during the day and a wider evening...
Open 11am-10:15pm (LO; from 9am Sat, Sun) daily.
Hatanaka - Tempura: Azabu-Juban
Open 5:30-8pm. Closed Wednesdays.
The excellent tempura here uses the freshest seafood and some unusual vegetable choices like lily buds and peanuts. Full-course dinner from Y5000; a la carte is also available.
Open 5:30-8pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Frijoles - Tex-Mex: Azabu-Juban
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Decent fast-food-style burritos, tacos, and fajitas, all made from premium organic ingredients. Choose from grilled chicken, carnitas (braised pork), steak or vegetarian filling; prices range from...
Open 11am-10pm daily.
La Boheme - Italian: Azabu-Juban
Open 11:30-4:15am (LO) daily.
Inexpensive pastas and Italian wines by the glass, with convenient late-night hours.
Open 11:30-4:15am (LO) daily.
Zurriola - Spanish: Azabu-Juban
Open 11:30am-1:30, 6:30-9:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
This pristine restaurant in Azabu-Juban specializes in contemporary Spanish cuisine with a respectful nod to modern French gastronomy. Chef Seichi Honda spent nine years in France and Spain before...
Open 11:30am-1:30, 6:30-9:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Bistrot Quotidien - French: Azabu-Juban
Open noon-1:30, 6-9:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
This charming neighborhood spot serves creative, upscale bistro fare in a pleasant setting and at reasonable prices. Some of our favorite dishes have included a very meaty plate of pork rillettes...
Open noon-1:30, 6-9:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
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.
Yamada Chikara - Experimental: Azabu-Juban
Open 6pm-midnight (LO) daily.
Chef Yamada learned the techniques of Molecular Gastronomy during his stint at El Bulli in Spain, and here he applies those techniques to kaiseki cuisine. All seating is at the counter, and the...
Open 6pm-midnight (LO) daily.
Nissin - Retail: Azabu-Juban
Open 9:30am-8pm daily.
Meat is Nissin's strong point, with over a dozen types of cold cuts, a cornucopia of sausages, and unusual items like pheasant, rabbit, and even kangaroo meat. And the third-floor wine shop is worth...
Open 9:30am-8pm daily.
Milieu - French: Azabu-Juban
Open 11am-2, 5-9:30pm daily.
Good French cooking at budget prices - dinner is just Y2100, and usually includes a choice of one of three starters and mains. The Y1200 lunch includes a pasta or sandwich and a small soup, salad,...
Open 11am-2, 5-9:30pm daily.
Wakanui - Steak house: Azabu-Juban
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Run by a New Zealand meat company, Wakanui was set up to introduce Tokyo gourmets to premium beef, lamb and wines from New Zealand, and they succeed quite admirably at that mission. The dining room...
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.

Akabanebashi, Kamiyacho

Nodaiwa - Unagi: Akabanebashi
Open 11am-1:30, 5-8pm. Closed Sundays.
A charming, rustic eel house that's been here for 160 years. Full-course eel meals (unaju teishoku) start at Y2500. The sake is Kikumasamune - your choice of hot or cold.
Open 11am-1:30, 5-8pm. Closed Sundays.
Tokyo Curry Lab - Curry: Akabanebashi
Open 11am-9:20pm (LO) daily.
This Japanese curry shop inside Tokyo Tower fashions itself as a laboratory for testing new curry recipes, and the interior is another statement from the always stylish Wonderwall design firm, with a...
Open 11am-9:20pm (LO) daily.
Tofuya Ukai - Tofu: Akabanebashi
Open 11am-3, 3-8pm (LO) daily.
First-class traditional Japanese cuisine, with an emphasis on tofu, in a beautiful setting next to Tokyo Tower. Private dining rooms look out over lovely gardens and 100-year-old trees, although the...
Open 11am-3, 3-8pm (LO) daily.
Tomoecho Sunaba - Soba: Kamiyacho
Open 11am-2:30, 5-7:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
This long-established handmade soba shop dates back to the Edo era, although the current shop is situated inside a modern office building. The specialty of the house is tororo (sticky grated yam)...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-7:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Yokarou - Ramen: Kamiyacho
Open 11am-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Popular Szechuan-style ramen, around Y1000 a bowl. Try to avoid the noon-1pm rush hour if possible.
Open 11am-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Nobu - Japanese: Kamiyacho
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
The second incarnation of Nobu Tokyo is under different management, and is closer in style to the branches in New York and London. Prix-fixe omakase menus are priced Y12,000-25,000, along with an...
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Die Wurst - German: Kamiyacho
Open 5pm-4am (9pm Sat, Sun). Open every day.
It looks just like an ordinary coffee shop, but they serve German sausages, excellent bread and rolls, and many excellent German beers. (AKA "Franziskaner")
Open 5pm-4am (9pm Sat, Sun). Open every day.
Nirvanam - Indian: Kamiyacho
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10:30pm. Closed Sundays.
The cooking here is a level above the usual Tokyo Indian restaurant - sophisticated dishes with distinctive flavors and top-quality ingredients. The emphasis is on southern Indian specialties (the...
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Zum Einhorn - German: Kamiyacho
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays, 3rd Sat.
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...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays, 3rd Sat.

Onarimon

Daigo - Shojin-ryori: Onarimon
Open noon-3pm, 5-8pm (LO) daily.
Top-class vegetable-centered temple cuisine. Lunch 10-12,000 yen, dinner 14-18,000 yen.
Open noon-3pm, 5-8pm (LO) daily.
Fermier - Cheese shop: Onarimon
Open 11am-7pm. Closed Sundays.
A retail shop that supplies French cheeses to many Tokyo restaurants, so they always have fresh stock (unlike some supermarkets and department stores). They stock many varieties you won't find...
Open 11am-7pm. Closed Sundays.

Roppongi 1-chome

Minsk - Belarusian: Roppongi 1-chome
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm. Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Edition Koji Shimomura - French: Roppongi 1-chome
Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Sophisticated, modern and creative cuisine from Chef Shimomura, a veteran of several distinguished restaurants in the French provinces. Prix-fixe lunches from Y4200, dinners from Y9450.
Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Devi Fusion - Indian: Roppongi 1-chome
Open 11:30am-10:30pm daily.
Don't come here looking for fusion cooking - it's all straight-ahead curries and tandoori items, above average in quality although sometimes overly salted. One thing that sets them apart is the...
Open 11:30am-10:30pm daily.
Wayang Bali - Indonesian: Roppongi 1-chome
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Very good Indonesian fare at this "small-plate izakaya," including a range of sate skewers, stews, salads and vegetable dishes. The dining area is more festive than you might expect from its...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Fermintxo Boca - Spanish: Roppongi 1-chome
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO; Sat -9pm). Closed Sundays, holidays.
Alluring Basque-style bocadillo baguette sandwiches are served at lunchtime here, and the namesake Fermintxo Boca sandwich (grilled Iberico pork loin, mozzarella and pimento) is especially...
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO; Sat -9pm). Closed Sundays, holidays.
3rd Burger - Burgers: Roppongi 1-chome
Open 8am-10pm (LO) daily.
Budget almost-gourmet burgers in a fast-food setting, along with fruit and vegetable smoothies. Pungent marinated Japanese mustard greens and wasabi-tartar sauce add some sparkle to the namesake 3rd...
Open 8am-10pm (LO) daily.
Be a Good Neighbor Coffee Kiosk - Coffee shop: Roppongi 1-chome
Open 8am-10pm daily.
A pleasantly appointed branch of the gourmet espresso-bar chain; they also serve alcoholic beverages for a few hours in the evening. The espresso here is unusually thick and sludge-like, and quite...
Open 8am-10pm daily.
Wolfgang Puck Pizza Bar - International: Roppongi 1-chome
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Gourmet pizzas with exotic toppings make up the core of the menu here, with choices like lamb sausage and goat cheese, roast peppers and eggplant, or chicken meatballs with mushrooms, red onions and...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Aux Bacchanales - Cafe: Roppongi 1-chome
Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
A cheerful cafe with a nice lunch menu (under Y1,000) and a take-away bakery department.
Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
Bubby's - American: Roppongi 1-chome
Open 8am-10pm (LO) daily.
Gourmet burgers, home-made pies and brunch items from the famous Tribeca, New York, diner. Breakfast is served from 8am on weekdays, with dishes like banana-walnut pancakes, granola with fresh...
Open 8am-10pm (LO) daily.
Taco Rico - Tex-Mex: Roppongi 1-chome
Open 11am-9pm. Closed Sundays.
The tacos, burritos and burrito bowls here come with fillings of pork, grilled chicken, or avocado-shrimp. Tacos come in two-piece or three-piece platters, with an optional additional topping of...
Open 11am-9pm. Closed Sundays.
Honoji - Izakaya: Roppongi 1-chome
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Reasonable izakaya fare and a good selection of sake at this down-to-earth drinking spot; budget around Y3500 for food and drink in the evening.
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11pm. Closed Sundays.
La Chasse - French: Roppongi 1-chome
Open 6-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
The two tiny dining rooms are rustic and cave-like, the stucco walls decorated with animal pelts and a boar's head. The name means "the hunt", and the specialty is seasonal game (pheasant, boar,...
Open 6-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.

Toranomon

Bonne Femme - French: Toranomon
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Reliable, classic French cooking in a bistrot-style setting. Lunch ranges from Y1300 (just a main dish and coffee) to Y5000; dinner is Y5000-Y9000, or a la carte. Entrees include roast lamb (Y3200)...
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Sign Kasumigaseki - Cafe: Toranomon
Open 11am-10pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Coffee, drinks, music-listening stations and free wi-fi access. Lunch is served until 3pm.
Open 11am-10pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Delirium Cafe Tokyo - Belgian rest/beer bar: Toranomon
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
This specialty bar imports beers directly from Belgium, and serves an impressive selection of ten different varieties on draft, including varieties we haven't seen elsewhere around town. Open to...
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Ruth's Chris Steak House - Steak house: Toranomon
Open 11am-2:30, 5:30-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Tasty steaks, including USDA prime beef, from this American steakhouse chain. The decor is on the conservative side (lots of brown and beige), and the music can be repetitive (we were treated to a...
Open 11am-2:30, 5:30-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Sake Bistro W - Izakaya: Toranomon
Open 11am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
A stylish izakaya-slash-dining bar serving modern Tokyo cuisine - a mix of Italian, Spanish and Japanese regional dishes made from premium ingredients. There's an excellent sake list that rotates...
Open 11am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Torikai - Yakitori: Toranomon
Open 11am-2, 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
The specialty of the house if yakitori-style skewers and wings of Nagoya cochin game birds.
Open 11am-2, 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Le Petit Tonneau - French: Toranomon
Open 11:30am-3, 6-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Very casual bistro-style fare and a good variety of wines from southern France - they import their own wines and many are available by the glass. The chef is Philippe Batton, formerly of Le Petit...
Open 11:30am-3, 6-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Nirvanam - Indian: Toranomon
Open 11:15am-2:30, 6-9:15pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
The second branch of one of Tokyo's best Indian restaurants, Nirvanam specializes in southern Indian fare made with high-quality ingredients - lots of mutton, chicken and fish curries and some...
Open 11:15am-2:30, 6-9:15pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Anpuku - Udon: Toranomon
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Novel, fusion-style udon is the specialty here, but what first attracted our attention was the inviting little sake bar standing at the front of the shop. A couple dozen well-chosen craft sakes from...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Toranomon Koffee - Coffee shop: Toranomon
Open 7am-9pm daily.
Serious coffee fans in the Toranomon area were happy to hear about the opening of this office-building branch of the cult-favorite Omotesando Koffee in Aoyama. The polished-wood decor is quite...
Open 7am-9pm daily.
3rd Cafe - Cafe: Toranomon
Open 7am-11pm daily.
In addition to drip coffee and sandwiches, this tiny cafe also offers seven wines by the glass, priced at Y350-600. There's even a bit of terrace seating.
Open 7am-11pm daily.
Pirouette - French: Toranomon
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-9:30pm daily.
Pirouette's chef Naoya Kobayashi grew up on a farm in Nagano, and he has a keen appreciation for what top-quality farm-fresh ingredients - particularly vegetables - should taste like. After training...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-9:30pm daily.

Uchisaiwaicho (and Nishi-Shimbashi)

Nambutei - French: Uchisaiwaicho
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-8:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Well-prepared, traditional French cuisine in a very pleasant setting - an old-style Japanese house located inside Hibiya Park. The small, intimate dining room looks out onto the park. Lunch from...
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-8:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
La Verde - Italian: Uchisaiwaicho
Open 11am-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Good-quality budget Italian, with a good wine selection. At lunchtime there's a wide selection of pizza and spaghetti variations, most in the Y1000-1500 range.
Open 11am-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Sake Plaza - Retail: Uchisaiwaicho
Open 10am-6pm. Closed weekends.
Although the atmosphere at this sake-industry information center is rather utilitarian, they do offer sake tastings during the day (Y300 per tasting) along with occasional special events. And of...
Open 10am-6pm. Closed weekends.
Au Fil des Jours - Belgian rest/beer bar: Uchisaiwaicho
Open 11am-11pm. Closed weekends.
Belgian beers from the popular Brussels chain of specialty bars.
Open 11am-11pm. Closed weekends.
Craft Beer Market Toranomon - Beer bar: Uchisaiwaicho
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:30pm. Closed weekends.
Craft Beer Market offers thirty different brews on draft, including a good number of seasonal specials. Prices are noticeably less expensive than the average Tokyo microbrew bar, with pints priced at...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:30pm. Closed weekends.
Himachi Cafe + Dining - Cafe: Uchisaiwaicho
Open 11am-4, 6-11pm (Sat 2-9pm). Closed Sundays.
Casual cafe dining, with dishes like grilled pork and vegetable-heavy salads. Teishoku lunches start at Y750, while dinner averages around Y2000. Free WiFi is available.
Open 11am-4, 6-11pm (Sat 2-9pm). Closed Sundays.
Mu-hung - Singaporean: Uchisaiwaicho
Open 11am-9pm. Closed Sundays.
Singapore-style chicken rice is the well-prepared specialty at this tiny eight-seat counter, with your choice of either steamed or deep-fried chicken. (We prefer the deep-fried.) Other dishes...
Open 11am-9pm. Closed Sundays.
Artistree Cafe - Coffee shop: Uchisaiwaicho
Open 8am-7pm (Sat, Sun 11-6) daily.
Coffee from Dutch artisanal roaster JH and San Francisco's Zaranda roasters is served in this pleasantly modern coffee bar located near Toranomon Hills.
Open 8am-7pm (Sat, Sun 11-6) daily.
Hanamasa - Retail: Uchisaiwaicho
Open 24 hours a day.
Relatively inexpensive meats and produce, 24 hours a day.
Open 24 hours a day.
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