Kanda/ Akihabara/ Ochanomizu


Big Boy (Jazz kissaten). 3233-4343
With its bright yellow door and sunny, brasserie-like interior, Big Boy has an atmosphere that's the complete opposite of old-fashioned jazz kissas. The management plays jazz both new and old, and the sound system is optimized for piano music, so it's a special treat listening to music from piano trios here. [Show more]
mapKanda Jimbocho 1-11. Open 11am-5, 7-11pm. Closed Sun, 1st, 3rd Sat.
Paperback Cafe (Coffee shop). 3291-5181
Don't worry about being the only person working at the Paperback Cafe - you'll generally find laptops in use at every table, giving the place a busy, productive atmosphere. The cafe is spread out over three levels (two of them non-smoking) inside a Jimbocho bookstore, with free WiFi and ample electrical outlets. Reasonably priced tea and espresso will help fuel your work session, along with assorted sandwiches, soups, quiches and rice dishes.
SunmapKanda Jimbocho 1-17. Open 10am-9pm (Sun -8pm) daily.
Perusona (Curry). 3295-3578
Perusona serves top-quality European-style curries, and two- and three-ingredient combination curries are easy to order. We opted for eggplant, chicken and beef (Y1400) on a recent visit - the sauce was richly spiced and on the sweet side, while the beef was lean and very tender. The eggplant is a nice option, adding some balance to the ubiquitous meat ingredients. The spacious second-floor dining room is done up in classic kissaten style, with Brazilian easy-listening music and smooth jazz in the background.
mapKanda Jimbocho 1-28, Matsumoto Bldg 2F. Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Gavial (Curry). 6273-7148
This long-running (since 1982) European-style Japanese curry shop remains popular with its loyal patrons, but the curries seem to lack some of the complexity and originality of its newer competitors. Curries include scallops and several other seafood variations along with the usual beef, pork and chicken, although you can't assemble your own combinations. Accompanying boiled potatoes are quite tasty, but some side dishes are overly ambitious, and wine is served in miniscule glasses. Curries are priced Y1100-1700.
SunmapKanda Jimbocho 1-9, 2F. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Maenam no hotori (Thai). 3238-9597
The dishes here are authentic and spicy, from a fairly wide menu.
latemapKanda Jimbocho 2-1. Open 11:30-2:30, 5pm-1am (LO; Sat. to 9pm). Closed Sundays and holidays.
Muang Tai Nabe (Thai). 3239-6939
Thai sukiyaki from the owners of Menam no hotori.
mapKanda Jimbocho 2-1. Open 11:30am-4:30, 5:30-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Craft Beer Market (Beer bar). 6272-5652
Somewhat less expensive than the average Tokyo microbrew bar, US pints here are priced at just Y780 and glasses at Y480. (There's also a Y300 table charge.) You can choose from thirty different mostly local brews on draft, including an exclusive beer from Baird Brewery. The food is also quite good, with well-prepared dishes like rotisserie chicken and roast duck a l'orange.
no smokingmapKanda Jimbocho 2-11-15. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-11pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Kai (Ramen). 5215-5623
The intensely flavorful miso ramen, made by blending three types of miso, is the recommended bowl at this hole-in-the-wall shop.
SunmapKanda Jimbocho 2-2-12. Open 11am-8pm daily.
!Bondy (Curry). 3234-2080
The curry sauce here is scrumptious, with a natural fruit sweetness, well-balanced spices and complex flavors. The entrance is through a used bookstore - take the far right-hand aisle. [Show more]
SunmapKanda Jimbocho 2-3, Kosho Center 2F. Open 11am-10pm daily.
Ethiopia (Curry). 3295-4310
This famous, highly rated Japanese curry shops serves just four varieties - chicken, beef, vegetable and shrimp - plus combinations. Portions are large, and prices start at Y880.
SunmapKanda Ogawamachi 3-10-6. Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
Brussels (Belgian rest/beer bar). 3233-4247
This original branch of the pioneering Belgian beer bar chain is spread out over three very narrow floors, with cozy seating niches. There's a small food menu and a very good selection of beers.
latemapKanda Ogawamachi 3-16-1. Open 5:30pm-2am (5:30-11pm Sat.). Closed Sundays and holidays.
!Yamituki Curry (Curry). 3295-5105
The original Japanese curries here incorporate umami-rich coconut milk, ripe tomatoes and cheese as well as fresh seasonal vegetables. Some popular options (from Y730) are oysters and spinach with baked cheese; ripe tomato, eggplant and chicken; and pork-cabbage, while extra toppings (mostly Y100) include corn, bamboo shoots, coriander, garlic shoots and tofu.
no smokingSunmapKanda-Jimbocho 1-56-3. Open 11am-11pm daily.


Ringer Hut (Japanese regional). 5283-6230
This budget chain serves two kinds of Nagasaki-style noodles - sara-udon (crisp fried ramen noodles topped with vegetables, pork and seafood in a thick sauce), and Nagasaki champon (similar to the above but in a pork-based soup). Side dishes include gyoza dumplings (regular, cheese, and mentaiko-cheese) and fried rice.
lateSunmapKanda Surugadai 2-6-11, No. 87 Tokyo Bldg. Open 10am-4am (Sun -2am) daily.
Shali Mar (Indian). 5684-0240
A local joint serving above-average Indian fare at reasonable prices.
SunmapYushima 1-9-10. Open 11am-3, 5-11pm daily.

Awajicho/ Kanda

Chantoya Coconut Curry (Curry). 5281-4747
A dozen varieties of coconut-based, vegetable-filled, Thai-inspired, Japanese-style curries are on offer here, with 25 optional toppings, including baked cheese. The attractively decorated space is furnished with several tables as well as the usual counter, and there's a take-out window if you want to bring your curry home. Curries start at Y750; beers and cocktails are Y500.
SunmapKanda Ogawamachi 3-28-7. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun -8:30pm) daily.
Kua 'Aina (Sandwiches/burgers). 3518-0050
Hawaiian-style hamburgers and sandwiches, plus Hawaiian microbrews from Kona Brewing Company (Y500/bottle). Deliveries to 9pm.
SunmapKanda Surugadai 3-5. Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
!!Jusanya (Yakitori). 3296-0138
Jusanya is a small neighborhood yakitoriya with above-average chicken and an unusual sake selection. The sake list isn't huge, but it's deeper than usual, with two or three varieties of some small kura. There's also a separate shochu list. [Show more]
mapKanda Ogawamachi 2-4. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30 to closing. Closed Sundays.
Kanda Izumiya (Liquor shop). 3294-0201
A good collection of hard-to-find sakes, plus many German wines. They also hold sake tasting classes (in Japanese).
mapKanda Ogawamachi 2-8. Open 10am-8pm. Closed Sundays, 3rd Sat.
Franziskaner Bar & Grill (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.
Tsujida (Ramen). 6659-7676
Serving one of Tokyo's best bowls of miso ramen, Tsujida is popular with serious noodle connoisseurs and other ramen fans.
SunmapKanda Ogawamachi 1-1. Open 11am-11pm (Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.
Isegen (Nabemono). 3251-1229
Anko-nabe is the specialty here, since 1830. (Anko served Sept to April). Budget Y3000 at lunch, Y8000 at dinnertime. (Closed Saturdays in the summer.)
mapKanda Sudacho 1-11-1. Open 11:30am-2, 4-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays and holidays.
Matsuya (Soba/Udon). 3251-1556
This long-established shop serves yabu- (rough-) style soba noodles made from a 5-1 mix of buckwheat to wheat flour, plus egg yolks.
mapKanda Sudacho 1-13. Open 11am-8pm. Closed Sundays and holidays.
!Botan (Nabemono). 3251-0577
One of Tokyo's culinary landmarks, they've been serving the same excellent chicken nabe for nearly 120 years. The chicken is slow-cooked over an old-fashioned charcoal burner in front of you while you relax with a cup of sake in your private tatami room. Dinner is around Y6,000 and reservations are highly recommended, although occasionally they might be able to squeeze you in if you're willing to wait.
mapKanda Sudacho 1-15. Open 11:30am-8pm (LO). Closed Sundays and holidays.
Jha Bar (Beer bar). 3252-3258
Four beers on tap and many more by the bottle at this late-night bar, with an unusual selection mostly from Belgium, Germany and the UK. The food menu features pizzas, salads and tapas-style small dishes. Open until 4am Friday nights, 11:30pm Saturdays.
latemapKanda Tacho 2-5, Togin Kanda Bldg B1F. Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Song Kee Jee Fan (Singaporean). 5577-6883
Stylish Singaporean cuisine from the former manager of Hainan Jeefan Shokudo in Azabu-Juban.
SunmapKanda Tsukasamachi 2-15-1. Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Craft Beer Market Awajicho (Beer bar). 5577-3046
The third branch of the popular beer bar chain, CBM offers a variety of microbrew beers priced at a very reasonable Y780 per US pint (smaller glasses are Y480, and there's a small table charge). The bar's thirty taps dispense mostly Japanese craft beers, with a few standard lagers (Heartland, Ebisu) and a few US imports. The food is above average, with tempting dishes like roast duck a l'orange and rotisserie chicken as well as more casual bar snacks.
mapKanda Tsukasamachi 2-9-1. Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:30pm. Closed weekends.
!Kikanbou (Ramen). 3256-2960
This popular ramen shop is a local favorite for their fiery, spicy miso ramen. On Saturdays they're only open for lunch.
mapKajicho 2-10-10. Open 11am-4, 5:30-9pm. Closed Sundays.
!Al Mina (Middle Eastern). 5297-3789
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 hookahs can be enjoyed, a slightly fancier gold-themed dining area with a wall of mirrors, and a small stage where a Friday-night belly dance performance takes place. [Show more]
mapKanda Tacho 2-2-3, Genki Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Muromachi Sunaba (Soba/Udon). 3241-4038
The original Sunaba was one of the first famous soba shops in Japan, and this branch has been going strong since the late 1940s. Specialties include their tamago-yaki (rolled omelette) and chicken soba. Their tenzaru comes with a piece of kakiage tempura soaking in hot tsuyu broth. If you want more than just soba, prix-fixe menus start at Y4800.
mapNihonbashi Muromachi 4-1-13. Open 11:30am-8:30pm (LO; Sat -3:30pm). Closed Sundays.
Champ de Soleil (Belgian rest/beer bar). 5281-0333
French/Belgian bistro fare, with mussels and other seafood as well as frites. Ten Belgian beers averaging Y900-1,000.
mapUchi-Kanda 1-10-6. Open 11:30am-2, 5-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Columbus (Bar). 3254-3638, 0120-35-3638
The menu is casual Italian-influenced izakaya fare, with some pleasant surprises (like their salmon mousse appetizers and the pate of the day). They offer a few interesting beers along with wine and cocktails. The multi-level space is comfortable and cozy, with a laid-back atmosphere and late-night hours.
mapUchi-Kanda 2-12-2. Open 11:30am-4am. Closed Sundays, some Sat.
!Loup de Mer (Yoshoku). 5298-4390
Unlike most yoshokuya, the decor here won't make you sigh with nostalgia - the dining room is done up in a tasteful pastel color scheme from the current century. Chef Suzuki is a veteran of the famous Dom Pierre yoshoku establishment, and the menu also covers standards like hayashi rice and rice omelettes, and even offers tasting menus at Y5,000 and Y10,000. [Show more]
SunmapUchi-Kanda 2-14-3. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-8:30pm (LO; -6 Sun). Closed Mondays.
Maltan (Beer bar). 6659-5884
A funky, art-filled basement bar serving Japanese craft beers, single-malt whiskies and an inexpensive food menu. There are five regular beers on draft (including Shiga-Kogen pale ale) plus a couple of guest taps and several more by the bottle.
SunmapUchi-Kanda 3-13-10, Green Bldg B1F. Open 6pm-1am (Fri -4am) daily.
Bakuro (Kyushu). 3253-8348
The food menu at this casual izakaya is built around horsemeat - you can enjoy it raw, grilled yakiniku-style, stewed, smoked or served as sausages. There's also standard Kyushu-style izakaya fare - raw and grilled seafood, satsuma-age fishcakes and so on - and a menu of sake and shochu to go with it all. Budget around Y3000 at dinnertime. [Go to branch review]
mapUchi-Kanda 3-4-8. Open 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.
!Himalaya Table (Nepalese). 3525-4110
Do craft beers go with Nepalese cuisine? The folks at Himalaya Table Craft Beer and Spice think so, and they offer eight microbrews on tap, chosen to go well with your momo mutton dumplings, spicy stir-fried chicken livers, fried peanuts and other beer-friendly Nepalese and Indian fare.
mapUchi-Kanda 3-5-5. Open 5-11pm (Sat 3-11). Closed Sundays.
Bernardus (Belgian rest/beer bar). 6206-8269
One of Tokyo's better Belgian bars, with twenty beers on tap (including everything from the St. Bernardus brewery) and a lot of unusual brews by the bottle. No lunch on Mondays or weekends; open to 1:30am (LO) on Fridays.
SunmapUchikanda 3-6-2. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Kura Kura Ji-beer House (Beer bar). 6206-8866
The off-the shelf snack-bar decor here is perked up by a cozy counter bar with five seats and twelve taps dispensing some of Japan's best microbrew beers. The small menu includes a few good chicken dishes, including raw chicken with pungent wasabi, plus the usual sausages, potatoes, etc. One of the oldest Japanese microbrew bars, Kura Kura was located in Shimo-Kitazawa for ten years before their move to Kanda. No smoking.
no smokingmapKajicho 1-4-6, Tokyo Kanda Bldg. 3F. Open 5-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
!DevilCraft (Beer bar). 6265-1779
Excellent Chicago-style deep-dish pizza is served here, and the fifteen taps in the cozy ground-floor bar area dispense a good selection of craft beers from Japan and the US. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapNihonbashi Muromachi 4-2-3. Open 5-11:30pm daily.
Butcher Brothers (Grill). 6225-2936
As you'd expect from the name, Butcher Brothers serves up meaty fare - hefty steaks, smoked lamb chops, roast pork - all at very reasonable prices. Wines are also affordable, starting at Y450 per glass. The lunchtime steak plate (weekdays only) is Y900.
mapNihonbashi-Hongokucho 4-5-10. Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.


Hanamasa (Retail). 3526-4129
Relatively inexpensive meats and produce, 24 hours a day.
SunmapAkihabara 4-14. Open 24 hours a day.
Chabara (Antenna shop). 3258-0051
Showcasing local food products from all over Japan, this stylish retail venture from JR (the train company) also incorporates a sake tasting bar, a kampoh juice bar, a counter selling inexpensive shojin-ryori and a coffee shop. The retail section offers a vast selection of food and drink, focusing on regional specialties like soy sauce, miso, rice crackers, tea, sake and quite a lot more.
SunmapKanda-Neribeicho 8-2. Open 11am-8pm daily.
Kuramoto Stand (Bar). 3258-0131
A small but stylish bar run by Kikusui Brewery and attached to the Chabara antenna shop, Kuramoto offers sake tasting sets as well as sausages, pancakes and other foods made with sake lees. [Show more]
SunmapKanda-Neribeicho 8-2. Open 11am-8pm daily.
Jyudaime Yazaemon (Japanese). 5298-2721
The specialty of the house here is maguro (tuna) fresh from Misaki Fish Market in Miura, served as sushi, sashimi, or broiled or stewed. There's also plenty of other good seafood, along with seasonal dishes, sake and shochu. Budget around Y5000 for dinner with drinks, Y1000 for lunch.
SunmapKanda Hanaokacho 1-9, Atre 2 Akihabara 4F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
En (Izakaya). 5298-2796
En takes a creative, original approach to cooking, with unusual dishes like cheese and sea bream spring rolls, and Kyoto vegetable salad topped with steamed pork. Drinks include a good selection of premium sake and shochu.
SunmapKanda Hanaokacho 1-9, Atre 2 Akihabara 5F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
82 Ale House (Bar). 5295-7325
Very close to Akihabara station, this bustling bar from the ubiquitous Hub chain is a convenient place for a casual drink and snack after a day of electronics shopping or manga browsing. They have their own brand of real ale as well as whiskey tasting sets, with inexpensive pub fare like shepherd's pie, fish and chips and fried mushrooms.
SunmapKanda Sakumacho 1-6-5, Akiba Trim 5F. Open 11am-midnight daily.
Hibiki (Japanese). 5295-2800
This upscale chain izakaya is known for their excellent grilled meats and vegetables and their well-chosen sake and shochu lists. The decor is sleek Japanese modern. Budget around Y6000-7000 per person with drinks.
SunmapKanda Sakumacho 1-6-5, Akiba Trim 6F. Open 11am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
!Tucano's (Brazilian). 5295-2611
This very informal counter bar is billed as a galetteria - a Brazilian-style charcoal-grilled chicken specialist - but the one-pound beef rump steak and the 600g "gigasteak" seem to be just as popular with the seriously carnivorous customer base here. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapKanda Hanaokacho 1-1, Yodobashi Akiba 1F. Open 10:30am-10pm daily.
Zanmai (Sushi). 5298-4792
This 24-hour branch of the popular Tsukiji-based budget sushi chain offers good value for money.
no smokingSunmapKanda Hanaokacho 1-1, Yodobashi Akiba 1F. Open 24 hours a day daily.
Xi'an (Chinese). 3257-3601
The city of Xi'an is located along the historical Silk Road trade route, and the cuisine from that region takes full advantage of the many spices that were part of the trade. The menu here includes well-spiced lamb dishes, Xi'an-style cold appetizers and toshomen noodles, and a number of unusual dimsum items. Around Y3500 at dinnertime.
SunmapKanda Hanaokacho 1-1, Yodobashi Akiba 8F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Tokyo Curry-ya Meitenkai (Curry). 5289-3821
This tiny counter shop inside Akihabara Atre has assembled five famous Japanese curry shops from this curry-strong neighborhood - mini-branches of Kyoeido, Ethiopia, Delhi, Topca and Hongo Petit Feu. For Y2500 you can try a sampling of curries from all five shops, or you can order individual curries for around Y1000 each; other combination sets are also available.
no smokingSunmapSoto-Kanda 1-17-6, Atre Akihabara 1 1F. Open 10am-9pm daily.
En Dashi-Chazuke (Japanese). 5294-6996
You'll find many variations of chazuke (rice with tea poured over it) at the sit-down counter, and deli-style Japanese side dishes available from the take-out corner.
SunmapSoto-Kanda 4-14-1, Akiba Ichi 2F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Misoshiruya (Japanese). 3526-5188
This small cafeteria-style shop serves simple Japanese meals built around miso soup; the specials board lists five soups of the day, with different ingredients (combinations like bamboo shoots and cheese or spinach and nori) and different types of miso.
SunmapSoto-Kanda 4-14-1, Akiba Ichi 2F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Party Party Carolina (Curry). 5295-1212
An unusual collection of curries is on offer at this festively named shop - beans and cheese, mushroom and eggplant, fried chicken, spicy chorizo sausage, fresh tomato and avocado among them. Lunch curries start at under Y780; at dinnertime they also serve meatier options like garlic beef steak and herb-marinated roast chicken.
SunmapSoto-Kanda 4-14-1, Akiba Ichi 2F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Tatsukichi (Kushiage). 5289-8331
You'll find high-quality skewered morsels that are deep-fried with a light touch here, and ordering is simple - just tell them when to stop. (Don't worry, you can specify in advance any ingredients you can't eat.) Some highlights are the crunchy prawns, the Berkshire pork and the large asparagus spears, and Momo no Shizuku sake from Kyoto stands up to the fried flavors. Budget around Y4000-4500 for a filling meal with drinks.
SunmapSoto-Kanda 4-14-1, Akiba Ichi 3F. Open 4-11pm daily.
Tsukada Nojo (Japanese regional). 5298-6636
First-rate Miyazaki chicken dishes, regional Kyushu fare and local shochu brands are the specialties at this reasonably priced, unpretentious Miyazaki-based izakaya chain. Budget around Y3000-4000 for dinner with drinks. [Go to branch review]
SunmapSoto-Kanda 1-13-3, Zigzag Bldg 8F. Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Cafe Obscura (Coffee shop). 5295-0085
Sangenjaya-based coffee purveyor Obscura sell around ten varieties of fresh-roasted coffee beans - both single-origin and custom blends - starting at Y600/100g. Located inside an old converted train station, the tiny shop offers a handful of stools our front where you can enjoy a freshly pulled espresso (Y250) or latte. Coffee is also available to take out.
SunmapKanda Sudacho 1-25-4, Maach Ecute 1F. Open 11am-9pm (Sun -8pm) daily.
Marugo (Tonkatsu). 3255-6595
Great tonkatsu served in a nice old traditional house smack in the middle of Akihabara's "Electric Town." (near the Livina lamp megastore.)
SunmapSoto-Kanda 1-8-14. Open 11:30am-3, 5-8:25pm (LO). Closed Thurs., 3rd Wed.
Kandagawa Honten (Unagi). 3251-5031
The lovely traditional decor of this long-established unagi shop has helped make it popular with foreign visitors. The grilled eel is first-rate, and wild eel is often available in the summer months. Budget around Y5000 for lunch or dinner. Reservations are advised.
mapSoto-Kanda 2-5-11. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-7:30pm. Closed Sundays, 3rd Sat.
Boo (Cafe). 6240-1220
One of the rare non-chain restaurants in Akihabara, this charming cafe serves an eclectic evening menu of Italian-inspired dishes at very reasonable prices. At lunchtime it's more of a standard cafe menu (served until 1:40pm), and in the afternoons you can order coffee and dessert. Boo's attached sister shop, Studio Uamou, makes cute devil-like character toys, and they're both part of the Aki-Oka artisan complex.
SunmapUeno 5-9, 2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan N-4. Open 11:30am-11pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Asan Cafe (Cafe). 6803-0502
Part of the Aki-Oka complex of artisan shops and studios, this offbeat cafe features hammocks to swing in and tablet computers to fool around on while you enjoy a coffee; unfortunately they close rather early.
SunmapUeno 5-9, 2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan. Open 11am-6:45pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.


Ismy (Cafe). 5823-4222
This artsy cafe-bar has a very local, neighborhood feel - there are books and magazines to peruse, a small gallery space upstairs and regular art events. The food menu features pies both sweet (blueberry, custard) and savory (shrimp-tomato cream, tomato-meat) along with salads and other light fare. Pies are ready to take out.
SunmapHigashi-Kanda 1-14-2. Open 11:30am-10pm (LO; Sun -6pm) daily.
Marcato (Burgers). 6206-2352
The signature "Asakusa burger" in this neighborhood hangout is made with Black Angus wagyu beef. The shop also hosts live music and occasional darts matches.
lateSunmapNihonbashi Bakurocho 1-9-1, KN Bldg B1F. Open 11am-3am (Sun -7pm) daily.
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