Kanda, Akihabara, Mitsukoshimae

Akihabara

Boo (Akihabara - 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 (Akihabara - 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.
Hanamasa (Akihabara - Retail). 3526-4129
Relatively inexpensive meats and produce, 24 hours a day.
SunmapAkihabara 4-14. Open 24 hours a day.
Chabara (Akihabara - 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 (Akihabara - 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]
decorSunmapKanda-Neribeicho 8-2. Open 11am-8pm daily.
Jyudaime Yazaemon (Akihabara - 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 (Akihabara - 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 (Akihabara - 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 (Akihabara - 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 (Akihabara - 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 (Akihabara - 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 (Akihabara - 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.
En Dashi-Chazuke (Akihabara - 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 (Akihabara - 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 (Akihabara - 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 (Akihabara - 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 (Akihabara - 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.
Tokyo Curry-ya Meitenkai (Akihabara - 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.
Marugo (Akihabara - 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 (Akihabara - 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.
Neko Jalala (Akihabara - Cat cafe). 3258-2525
JaLaLa distinguish themselves within the competitive cat-cafe world with their choice of exotic breeds such as Abyssinians and Maine Coons, housing a total of 17 cats altogether. The basic cover charge is Y1010 for an hour on weekdays, Y1060 on weekends, plus a one-drink minimum. Coffee, tea and beer are served. See our article at sister site Where In Tokyo for more photos.
SunmapSoto-Kanda 3-5-5. Open 11am-8pm daily.
Cafe Obscura (Akihabara - 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.
Surugaya Kahei (Akihabara - Izakaya). 5295-0310
There's a nice selection of some three dozen craft sake to explore at this stylish little bar, with an unusual fish and seafood-centered food menu to accompany your drinks. It's run by a Shizuoka-based purveyor of shiokara (fermented shellfish guts), and connoisseurs of this delicacy can choose from thirty different varieties, including unusual dishes like shiokara bruschetta. If you're not a fan, you can fall back on the reliable sashimi platter of the day, featuring three or five different fish depending on your appetite. [Show more]
SunmapKanda Sudacho 1-25-4, Maach Ecute 1F. Open 11am-11pm daily.

Awajicho, Kanda

Sanjuro (Awajicho - Izakaya). 3525-4207
We were intrigued by the menu categories at this after-work izakaya - charcoal-grilled meats, charcoal-grilled small fish and charcoal-grilled big fish - all of them prepared over top-grade bincho charcoal. Heirloom breeds of pork, chicken and premium wagyu beef make up the bulk of the meat menu, and the ones we sampled were tender in texture and sufficiently fatty to bring out their full flavor after grilling. [Show more]
SunmapKanda Awajicho 2-105, Watteras Tower Annex 3F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun -9:30) daily.
Tsujida (Awajicho - 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 (Awajicho - 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 (Awajicho - 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 (Awajicho - 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 (Awajicho - 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 (Awajicho - 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-1:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Craft Beer Market Awajicho (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 (Kanda - 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 (Kanda - 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 (Kanda - 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 (Kanda - 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 (Kanda - 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 (Kanda - 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 (Kanda - 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 (Kanda - 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 (Kanda - Nepalese). 3525-4110
Do craft beers go with Nepalese cuisine? The folks at Himalaya Table Craft Beer and Spice think so, and so 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. [Show more]
mapUchi-Kanda 3-5-5. Open 5-11pm (Sat 3-11). Closed Sundays.
Bernardus (Kanda - 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 (Kanda - 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 (Kanda - 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 (Kanda - 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.

Bakurocho, Hamacho

Ismy (Bakurocho - 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. [Show more]
SunmapHigashi-Kanda 1-14-2. Open 11:30am-10pm (LO; Sun -6pm) daily.
Darvish (Bakurocho - Retail). 6661-9848
Darvish sells imported Persian ingredients - Iranian dates and other fruits, juices, honey, and mint water. Assorted spices are priced at Y200 per jar, and ready-made stews and other meals-in-a-pouch are Y350 each.
SunmapKodenmacho 18-4, Ueno Bldg 1F. Open noon-10pm. Closed Mondays.
Marcato (Bakurocho - 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.
Bookshelf Cafe (Hamacho - Cafe). 5614-0241
This neighborhood cafe offers Hitachino Nest beers (six by the bottle, one or two on draft) and espresso beverages from Horiguchi Coffee. Lunch specials include taco-rice, ciabatta sandwiches and keema curry, most of which are also served at breakfast time. [Show more]
mapNihonbashi Hamacho 2-35-4. Open 8:30am-9pm (Sat 10-6). Closed Sundays.

Mitsukoshimae

D Brasserie and Sweetroom (Mitsukoshimae - French). 3243-0115
Contemporary French cuisine in a tastefully flashy setting. The three-course dinner menu is Y3900, and all wines are priced at Y3900 per bottle.
decorSunmapNihonbashi Muromachi 2-4-3, Yuito 3F. Open 11am-1am daily.
Hanamasa (Nihonbashi Honcho) (Mitsukoshimae - Retail). 5649-8167
Relatively inexpensive meats and produce, 24 hours a day.
SunmapNihonbashi Honcho 3-8-3. Open 24 hours a day.
Midette (Mitsukoshimae - Antenna shop). 6262-3977
Nihonbashi Fukushima-kan Midette is an antenna shop selling local food products, sake, ceramics and other crafts from Fukushima Prefecture.
SunmapNihonbashi Muromachi 4-3-16. Open 11am-8pm (Sat, Sun -6pm) daily.
Ventaglio (Mitsukoshimae - Italian). 3270-8188
Lunch and dinner buffets of modern Italian cuisine in a beautiful open-atrium dining space. The weekday lunch buffet is Y2900; weekend lunch is Y4200, dinner is Y5000, and the weekend dessert buffet (3-5pm) is Y2700. They also offer a wine buffet to go with dinner.
no smokingdecorSunmapNihonbashi Muromachi 2-1-1, Mandarin Oriental Tokyo 2F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9pm daily.
!Mandarin Bar (Mitsukoshimae - Bar). 3270-8188
Sumptuous is the word for the Mandarin Bar at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Nihonbashi. The interior by Ryu Kosaka, with richly tactile accents by textile designer Reiko Sudo, is chic and inviting, dominated by seductive earth tones. A live jazz band performs nightly for the relaxed and casual crowd, a mix of locals and visitors. No cover charge. [Show more]
decorSunmapNihonbashi Muromachi 2-1-1, Mandarin Oriental Tokyo 37F. Open 11:30am-midnight daily.
K'Shiki (Mitsukoshimae - International). 3270-8188
The Mandarin Oriental's casual-dining spot offers creative contemporary cuisine with an Asian twist, plus a great view of Ginza and Marunouchi. The Y5,000 tasting menu is a good deal if you like variety - you can pick seven different appetizers for the table to share, plus soup and your choice of a main dish. Apps range from crab cakes with mango marmalade to scallops in a truffle dome, followed by substantial mains like miso-marinated loin of lamb, and Australian beef sirloin with yuzu pepper sauce. [Show more]
no smokingdecorSunmapNihonbashi Muromachi 2-1-1, Mandarin Oriental Tokyo 38F. Open 6am-2:30, 5:30-11pm daily.
!!Sense (Mitsukoshimae - Chinese). 3270-8188
The Mandarin Oriental's Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant offers an excellent weekend dim sum lunch from 11:30am-4pm. Choose from twenty varieties, all you can eat, for Y5000 (+10%). Weekday lunches start at Y3800, dinners from Y14,000. [See FULL REVIEW.]
no smokingdecorSunmapNihonbashi Muromachi 2-1-1, Mandarin Oriental Tokyo 38F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm daily.
!!Tapas Molecular Bar (Mitsukoshimae - Experimental). 3270-8188, 0120-806-823
Here inside the Mandarin Hotel's 38th-floor lounge, the eight-seat Tapas Molecular Bar serves cutting-edge modern cuisine. Twenty-one plates of highly inventive, deconstructivist, very tasty morsels are presented over the course of two hours (Y14,000+13%sc). [Show more]
no smokingSunmapNihonbashi Muromachi 2-1-1, Mandarin Oriental Tokyo 38F. Open 6, 8:30pm daily.
Cafe Aimee Vibert (Mitsukoshimae - French). 6225-2552
This cafe venture from the Michelin-starred Aimee Vibert in Nibancho offers above-average bistro fare in a casual setting. The decor is classic French cafe style - tile floors, dark wood and mirrors, a zinc bar and lots of tiny tables and chairs facing the sidewalk. [Show more]
SunmapNihonbashi Muromachi 2-2-1, Coredo Muromachi 1F. Open 10am-10pm daily.
Bikini Picar (Mitsukoshimae - Spanish). 6202-3600
Modern Catalan cuisine - artfully arranged pinchos and tapas and creative main dishes - are on offer at this casual after-work drinking spot. Some twenty types of Spanish wine, including sherries and cava, are available by the glass. Budget around Y3000 at dinnertime.
SunmapNihonbashi Muromachi 2-2-1, Coredo Muromachi 2F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Nana (Mitsukoshimae - Japanese regional). 3548-0977
Nana is a slick, modern izakaya specializing in the regional cuisine of Kyoto, obanzai-ryori. Many of the dishes here incorporate or are built around lovely Kyoto heirloom vegetables, and the menu also offers a surprising number of chicken dishes. [Show more]
decorSunmapNihonbashi Muromachi 2-2-1, Coredo Muromachi 3F. Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Zakuro (Mitsukoshimae - Japanese). 3241-4841
Shabu-shabu, sukiyaki and other Japanese beef dishes; they also offer pork shabu-shabu. Prix-fixe dinners are priced Y5,000-15,000; lunch from around Y2000.
no smokingSunmapNihonbashi Muromachi 2-2-1, Coredo Muromachi 4F. Open 11am-2:30, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Craft Beer Market Mitsukoshimae (Mitsukoshimae - Beer bar). 6262-3145
CBM offers thirty beers on tap - mostly Japanese craft beers - priced at a very budget-friendly Y480/glass or Y780/pint. The food menu is also fairly impressive, with dishes like roast duck a l'orange.
no smokingSunmapNihonbashi Muromachi 1-5-5, Coredo Muromachi 3, 1F. Open 11am-2, 5-11:30pm daily.
Brugse Zot (Mitsukoshimae - Belgian rest/beer bar). 5204-1988
This rather large, 110-seat Art Nouveau-style restaurant is a taproom for De Halve Maan, a 450-year-old brewery in the Belgian city of Bruges. They serve a good variety of beers from that brewery and elsewhere in Belgium - more than 100 varieties in all. [Show more]
SunmapNihonbashi Muromachi 2-3-1, Coredo Muromachi 2, 2F. Open 11am-1:30, 2-11pm (Fri, Sat -4am) daily.
!!Mondo (Mitsukoshimae - Japanese regional). 3231-2213
You'll find exceptionally good regional cuisine from Shimane Prefecture and very reasonable prices at this old-fashioned izakaya. The menu showcases fish and seafood flown in from the region as well as local-style dishes prepared from heirloom breeds of pork and chicken. There's also a good selection of Shimane craft sake, with a friendly staff who are happy to advise you on your selection. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapNihonbashi Muromachi 1-5-3. Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Shimanekan (Mitsukoshimae - Antenna shop). 3548-9511
Sake and foodstuffs from Shimane-ken, in the far northwest corner of Honshu, can be purchased here. The attached restaurant (called Mondo) serves good regional cuisine and sake.
SunmapNihonbashi Muromachi 1-5-3. (across the street from Mitsukoshi dept. store) Open 10:30am-7pm daily.
Nara Mahoroba-Kan (Mitsukoshimae - Antenna shop). 3516-3931
A prefectural antenna shop specializing in food and drink from Nara Prefecture. The shop encompasses a small cafe area in front serving somen and udon noodles, Nara-style sushi, and sweets; a tiny art gallery in back; a tourist information desk; a large area selling local crafts, and a small food and drink section. [Show more]
SunmapNihonbashi Muromachi 1-6-2, Nihonbashi-Muromachi 162 Bldg 1/2F. Open 10:30am-7pm daily.
Nihonbashi Niigata Kan (Mitsukoshimae - Antenna shop). 6214-1612
A convenient place to buy food and sake from Niigata Prefecture, including a good selection of crackers, yokan and red-bean-paste sweets.
mapNihonbashi Muromachi 1-6-5, Daishi Tokyo Bldg 1F. Open 9am-7pm. Closed weekends.

Ningyocho

Pizzeria Il Tamburello (Ningyocho - Italian). 6661-6628
Good Neapolitan-style pizzas in a charming old building (the owner apprenticed in Southern Italy before opening this shop).
mapNihonbashi Horidomecho 1-2-9. (near Kodenmacho station) Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Wanchan (Ningyocho - Thai). 3668-0034
Good Thai cuisine, including some interesting original dishes, prepared by a former chef for the Thai ambassador. Lunch from Y800; budget around Y2000 in the evening.
SunmapNihonbashi Ningyocho 1-19-3. Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Cafest Ningyocho (Ningyocho - Cafe). 3665-7007
Gourmet coffees, light food and free WiFi at this cafe, which is attached to a video recording (and live Ustream) studio. Open Saturdays 11am-5pm.
mapNihonbashi Ningyocho 1-5-10. Open 8am-7pm. Closed Sundays.
Brozers' (Ningyocho - Burgers). 3639-5201
Japanese-style premium burgers in this otherwise burger-deprived Tokyo quarter. Burgers start at Y1000, and topping variations include fried egg, pineapple, and chili beans as well as the usual cheese, bacon and avocado. All are smothered in a smoky barbecue sauce and come with fries. The menu also offers chicken and fish burgers, hot dogs and milk shakes.
SunmapNihonbashi Ningyocho 2-28-5. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO; Sun -7:30pm) daily.
!Gustavo (Ningyocho - Wine bar). 3249-3237
A joint venture by ham importer Principe and wine producer Zonin, this casual wine bar specializes in top quality cured meats from San Daniele del Fruili and Italian wines. The interior resembles a stylish Roman cafe, with shiny red acrylic surfaces, a gleaming metal bar, and shelves stocked with books and magazines about Italy. Italian radio plays in the background, and the friendly chef chats easily in Japanese and Italian. [Show more]
mapNihonbashi Ningyocho 2-3-2, Tamaeido Bldg 2F. Open 5-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Cassadole (Ningyocho - Swiss). 3666-8856
One of Tokyo's rare Swiss restaurants, Cassadole focuses on cheese fondues, oil fondues with beef and seafood, and chocolate fondues; budget around Y3500 for dinner with drinks.
mapNihonbashi Ningyocho 2-6-12. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Imahan (Ningyocho - Nabemono). 3666-7006
This is the spacious main branch of Tokyo's best-known sukiyaki and shabu-shabu restaurant, founded in 1895. They also have a teppanyaki counter; budget around Y10,000 for dinner with drinks, or Y5000 at lunchtime.
SunmapNihonbashi Ningyocho 2-9-12. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Palazzo (Suitengumae - French). 3667-1111, x3731
The 20th-floor French restaurant at the Royal Park Hotel in Nihonbashi offers and elegant setting and good food; budget around Y4000 at lunchtime and Y15,000 in the evenings for food.
SunmapNihonbashi Kakigaracho 2-1-1, Royal Park Hotel 20F. (direct access from Suitengumae subway station) Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm daily.
Sumida (Suitengumae - Teppanyaki). 3667-1111
Premium Kobe and Matsuzaka beef from pampered cattle is prepared at this deluxe steakhouse. Lunch from Y2625, dinner from Y12,600 yen. Private rooms are available.
SunmapNihonbashi Kakigaracho 2-1-1, Royal Park Hotel 20F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm daily.
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