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Hiroo

Yamafuji (Japanese). 5795-2683
Organic grocer Daichi wo Mamoru Kai supplies this smart Japanese bistro with organic fish and meat, pesticide-free produce, and even organic alcohol. [Show more]
SunmapHiroo 5-4-11. Open 11:30am-2, 6-11pm (LO) daily.
Partenope (Italian). 5798-3355
A comfortable neighborhood place with attentive service and reliable pasta dishes. The pasta or pizza lunch is Y1200.
SunmapMinami-Azabu 5-15-25. Open 11:30am-2, 6-11pm daily.
Burger Mania (Sandwiches/burgers). 5422-7899
The second branch of the Shiroganedai-based burger shop, serving gourmet sandwiches as well as American-style burgers. The pastrami sandwich (Y1100) is exclusive to this branch.
SunmapMinami-Azabu 5-15-25 2F. Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Enoteca (Liquor shop). 3280-3634
A large selection of French and Italian wines, many at the higher end of the price scale. There's a 5% discount if you join their "club".
SunmapMinami-Azabu 5-14-15, Arisugawa West Bldg 1F. Open 11am-8pm daily.
!Restaurant J (International). 5798-9070
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. [Show more]
lateSunmapMinami-Azabu 5-14-15, Arisugawa West Bldg. 2F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Bondi Cafe (Cafe). 5422-9449
A casual, open-air, dog-friendly cafe on a back street behind Hiroo station. The food menu tends toward Hawaiian and Asian fusion, with above-average prices.
lateSunmapMinami-Azabu 5-15-9, Barbizon70 1F. Open 9am-2am daily.
!Salsita (Mexican). 3280-1145
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.
SunmapMinami-Azabu 4-5-65, B1F. Open 11:45am-1:45, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
National Azabu (Retail). 3442-3181
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.
SunmapMinami-Azabu 4-5-2. Open 9am-8pm daily.
!Ibiza (Izakaya). 5421-0570
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. [Show more]
mapHiroo 5-16-16 2F. Open 6pm-midnight.
Hanauta (Okinawan). 5791-2524
A wide range of Okinawan standards and unusual original dishes (like aloe sashimi), plus plenty of awamori.
lateSunmapHiroo 5-17-6, Kawakami Bldg. B1F. (Walk west from Hiroobashi and turn left on the second corner (before Homework's); Hanuta is on the right after 1 min.) Open 6pm-3am daily.
And The Friet (Cafe). 6409-6916
It's a restaurant (well more of a stand, really) devoted to French fries, served with various dips (basil mayonaisse, chili sour cream, avocado) and side dishes like pork sausage, chili con carne and falafel. Box sets of fries and side start at around Y800, and you can eat at the small counter or take them home.
SunmapHiroo 5-16-1. Open 10am-9pm. Closed Mondays.
!Homework's (Sandwiches/burgers). 3444-4560
Terrific overstuffed sandwiches and great burgers in a pleasant cafe-style setting. They also provide thirty-minute delivery within the area.
no smokingSunmapHiroo 5-1-20. Open 11am-9pm (LO) (Sun. to 6pm). Open every day.
!Aladdin (French). 5420-0038
mapEbisu 2-22-10. Open noon-2, 6-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
La Pitchouli de Loulou (French). 3440-5858
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.
lateSunmapEbisu 2-23-3. Open 7pm-3am. Closed Mondays.

Shirokanedai

Tenement (Cafe). 3440-6771
The atmosphere is relaxed and the music is downbeat at this very casual late-night cafe-bar. The drinks menu offers a decent selection of cocktails.
latemapEbisu 2-39-4. Open 6pm-3am. Closed Sundays.
!Lohotoi (Dim sum). 3449-8899
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.]
SunmapEbisu 3-48-1. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-11pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Hayari (Eclectic). 5422-8467
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.
SunmapEbisu 3-48-5, Grande Ebisu 2F. (above Sunkus) Open 11:30am-1:30, 6pm-midnight (LO) daily.
Isola (Italian). 5447-2733
Another candidate for best pizza in Tokyo, prepared in a ceramic oven, although some may balk at the prices - pizzas range up to around Y3000.
SunmapShirokane 6-17-2. Open 6:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Burger Mania (Sandwiches/burgers). 3442-2200
American-style gourmet burgers (from Y950) and sandwiches. Delivery within the neighborhood.
SunmapShirokane 6-5-7. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Kamikozawatei (Shabu-shabu). 3445-6700
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.
SunmapKami-Osaki 1-12-7. Open 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Karashi (Teppanyaki). 5423-5424
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.]
SunmapShirokanedai 3-19-5. Open 5:30-11pm. Closed Mondays.
La Boheme (Italian). 3442-4060
One of the few late-night spots in the neighborhood; pizzas and pastas in a multi-level, palatial setting.
no smokinglateSunmapShirokanedai 4-19-17. Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
Stellato (International). 3442-5588
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.
no smokingdecorSunmapShirokanedai 4-19-17. Open 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Blue Point (Cafe). 3280-2020
The restaurant in back is pretentious and overpriced, but the outdoor cafe is a pleasant place to sit during warm weather.
lateSunmapShirokanedai 4-19-19. Open 11:30-3am daily.

Meguro (east)

!Himonoya (Meguro east side) (Izakaya). 3442-8088
A relaxed late-night izakaya with good food and drink. One of the specialties is himono, various types of dried fish that are served grilled. Budget around Y2000-3000 for food and drink.
lateSunmapKami-Osaki 2-14-5, Crystal Tower B1F. Open 11am-2, 5pm-5am daily.
Nichinanshi Jitokko Kumiai (Japanese regional). 5475-3966
An izakaya specializing in charcoal-grilled chicken, nabe-style stews and other regional dishes from Miyazaki Prefecture in southern Kyushu. Budget around Y3500 at dinnertime.
SunmapKami-Osaki 2-15-14, Takaki Bldg. 2F. Open 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Madal (Nepalese). 3442-3566
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.
SunmapKami-Osaki 2-15-2, Meguro Business Mansion 5F. Open 11am-3, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
65 (Rokugo) Beer Cafe (Beer bar). 6450-4665
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).
lateSunmapKami-Osaki 2-16-1, Meguro Kaihatsu Bldg B1F. Open 6pm-7am daily.
Yuuan (Japanese). 5437-1216
A casual restaurant with lots of deli-style dishes as well as more substantial fare. Budget around Y2000 for food at dinnertime; Y1000 at lunch.
SunmapKami-Osaki 3-1-1, Atre 2F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.

Meguro (west)

Shinanoya (Liquor shop). 3493-0143
This discount liquor shop also sells a fair assortment of imported foods to go with your booze.
SunmapKami-Osaki 2-21-13. Open 11am-10pm (11-9 Sundays). Open every day.
Blues Alley Japan (Jazz club). 5496-4381
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.
SunmapMeguro 1-3-14, Meguro Station Hotel B1F. Open 11:30am-11pm Tuesday-Friday. Closed Mondays.
Tonki (honten) (Tonkatsu). 3491-9928
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.
SunmapShimo-Meguro 1-1-2. Open 4-10:45pm. Closed Tuesdays, some Mon.
Maya (Nepalese). 5434-1862
A "nouvelle Nepali" kitchen, they also serve a very economical Y1000 curry dinner.
mapShimo-Meguro 1-2-22, 2F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-11pm.
!Kathmandu Gangri (Nepalese). 3493-4712
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.]
SunmapShimo-Meguro 1-2-22, B1F. Open 11:30am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Casse-Croute (French). 5487-3608
Simple, budget French fare and an inexpensive French wine list. Especially good at lunchtime.
SunmapShimo-Meguro 1-3-4. Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-9:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
!Rasoi (Indian). 5487-5602
Excellent Indian cuisine. A la carte menu from Y1,110, lunch from Y780. They also deliver within the area.
SunmapShimo-Meguro 1-3-28, Sunwood Meguro 2F. Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Tavern, The (British pub). 3779-0280
Assorted British beers and food, including Cornish pasties, fish and chips, shepard's pie and steak-and-kidney pie.
SunmapShimo-Meguro 1-3-28, Sunwood Meguro 2F. Open noon-1am daily.
Black Lion (British pub). 3491-2312
(Formerly "Little Euro") A London-style pub that attracts an eclectic cross-section of the expat community. Assorted British beers and pub-style food.
SunmapMeguro 1-5-16. (take the west exit and follow Meguro-dori to where it forks, and turn right. The bar is a few steps down the hill, on the left) Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Switch Coffee (Coffee shop). 6420-3633
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.
mapMeguro 1-17-23. Open 10am-7pm. Closed Sundays.
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