Organic grocer Daichi wo Mamoru Kai supplies this smart Japanese bistro with organic fish and meat, pesticide-free produce, and even organic alcohol. Organic grocer Daichi wo Mamoru Kai supplies this smart Japanese bistro with organic fish and meat, pesticide-free produce, and even organic alcohol.
Lunch (Y900 - ) is a great value here. A fillet of grilled mackerel himono - fish that's been gutted, salted and then dried overnight - is juicy and rich in umami, and comes with an assortment of small side dishes such as soy-simmered potatoes, savory pickled greens tossed with chirimen baby sardines and smoky dashi-steeped spinach. One of the highlights is the free-range short horn beef croquette, a golf-sized ball of tender but lean minced beef mixed with Japanese leeks and fried. [Show more] [Show less]
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. 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 beautiful organic vegetables are especially impressive.
The dining room is elegantly decorated and quite spacious, with plenty of light at lunchtime. Lunch starts at Y1500, with prix-fixe dinners from Y4800. The separate bar area is open till 4am (except Sundays); Y500 table charge. [Show more] [Show less]
Minami-Azabu 5-14-15, Arisugawa West Bldg. 2F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
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.
Minami-Azabu 4-5-65, B1F. Open 11:45am-1:45, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
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.
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. 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.
On a recent visit we enjoyed kisu (whiting) fritters flavored with ume and shiso; big portions of miso-simmered ginmutsu (bluefish); and first-rate grilled salmon belly. The hone-sembei (toasted mackerel bones) were crunchy and very tasty, and the cold chunks of cucumber in miso-meat sauce provided nice contrasts of flavor, texture and temperature.
If you're a fan of craft sake you'll probably find something to your liking on the extensive list; they also stock various Chinese liqueurs and ten kinds of umeshu. Budget around Y4000 with drinks. Note that the menus and service are in Japanese only, and the restaurant is quite busy, so bring a Japanese-speaking friend if you're not comfortable negotiating the menu. [Show more] [Show less]
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.
Lohotoi serves up an excellent menu of high-quality, freshly made Hong Kong-style dim sum on weekends, something that has made them popular with Chinese customers from the neighborhood. You'll find a full menu of mid-priced Cantonese fare in the evenings, and typical budget lunches on weekdays. [See FULL REVIEW.]
Ebisu 3-48-1. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-11pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Hand-made sausages and fried hinadori chicken are the specialties here, with organic wines by the glass or bottle. Sausage variations include Spanish chorizo, Chinese chozume, Korean sunde, boudin noir (French-style blood sausage), andouillette (tripe sausage) and several others. Most seating is at the big central counter, plus a few tables in the front window looking out over the street. Budget around Y4000 at dinnertime. No lunch on Wednesdays, Saturdays or Sundays.
Ebisu 3-48-5, Grande Ebisu 2F. (above Sunkus) Open 11:30am-1:30, 6pm-midnight (LO) daily.
Excellent shabu-shabu made from Ohmi beef. The setting is gorgeous, a converted private residence built in the 1960s that's a modernist architectural gem. Full-course menus from Y6,090, by reservation only.
Kami-Osaki 1-12-7. Open 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Karashi is a comfortable neighborhood spot that specializes in both teppanyaki and okonomiyaki. It's an odd combination - even though both styles of cooking use the same type of grill, Japanese teppanyaki steaks are usually served in upscale settings like fancy hotel restaurants, while okonomiyaki dishes (those savory pancakes that are so popular in Kansai) are found in far more humble surroundings. The restaurant Karashi falls between these two extremes - it's comfortably appointed and the food is good, but you don't have to worry about the exorbitant expense of a typical Japanese steak house. [See FULL REVIEW.]
Shirokanedai 3-19-5. Open 5:30-11pm. Closed Mondays.
Upscale California dining in a fun, thirties-movie-palace setting, from the owners of the Zest-La Boheme chain. The mainly New World wine list is well assembled, and dinner with wine generally runs in the Y7,000-Y10,000 range.
Shirokanedai 4-19-17. Open 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
The Tokyo branch of a Kyoto restaurant serving Nepalese, Tibetan and Indian food. In spite of their location in a run-down office building, the dining room is cheerfully exotic, with decorative carpets, wall murals and seating cushions adding to the atmosphere. The food is a slightly fancier version of home cooking. Lunch from Y800. They also have a bar area, open to 11pm. No lunch on weekends.
Kami-Osaki 2-15-2, Meguro Business Mansion 5F. Open 11am-3, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Located very near Meguro Station, this world-beer bar is most notable for its late-night hours (until 7am every day). The 100-odd beers on offer seem almost randomly chosen, but there are a few very nice Belgians, microbrews and British ales among them, along with bar snacks like fish and chips. The basement dining area is reasonably large, with a big-screen TV showing an odd mix of sporting events (football, billiards).
Kami-Osaki 2-16-1, Meguro Kaihatsu Bldg B1F. Open 6pm-7am daily.
A supper club with live blues and jazz (mostly from local groups) and French and Italian food. At dinnertime main courses start at around Y2,000, but lunchtime is more competitive, with a Y1,200 Ladies' Lunch. Reserved for parties on weekends.
Meguro 1-3-14, Meguro Station Hotel B1F. Open 11:30am-11pm Tuesday-Friday. Closed Mondays.
Japan's most famous tonkatsu restaurant has been called an institution, and indeed the atmosphere is institutional and utterly charmless, with a vast assembly-line kitchen surrounded by one large counter. The food is plain and simple -- plump, lean pork cutlets without an excess of flavor, served with a bland tonjiru (pork soup), rice and pickles for Y1,650. They must be doing something right, though, because there are usually lines waiting to get in.
Shimo-Meguro 1-1-2. Open 4-10:45pm. Closed Tuesdays, some Mon.
The heady aromas of exotic herbs and spices wafting out of the kitchen summon up images of far-off lands, and the atmospheric Tibetan music on the stereo completes the picture. The menu here includes Nepalese and Tibetan sections, with set dinners ranging from Y1100-3000 and lunches starting at Y700. The food is nicely spiced, rich and garlicky, and fiery hot, and the portions are quite filling. [See FULL REVIEW.]
Shimo-Meguro 1-2-22, B1F. Open 11:30am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
The five or six varieties of fresh-roasted coffee beans sold here start at around Y1890 per 250-gram bag, and you can taste samples before you buy. Each bean purchase also comes with a free cup of coffee. There's a tiny bench outside the shop, although most customers get their coffee to go.