Southeast Asian restaurants

Vietnamese

Saigon Restaurant (Ikebukuro - Vietnamese). 3989-0255
Good food and service and a lively atmosphere. Cheap lunch specials (Y680 including coffee).
SunmapHigashi-Ikebukuro 1-7-10. Open noon-2:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
!Banh Mi Sandwich (Takadanobaba - Vietnamese). 5937-4547
This simply named shop sells freshly made Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches in several enticing varieties, including roast pork (our current favorite), grilled chicken with honey and lemongrass, ham and liver paste, shrimp avocado, and vegetable-cheese, all served on fresh-baked bread with crunchy, not-too-sour pickled vegetables. [Show more]
mapTakadanobaba 4-9-18. Open 11am-7pm (Sat -6pm). Closed Sundays, Mondays.
!Betonamuchan (Okubo - Vietnamese). 3365-0107
Better-than-average Vietnamese fare is served at this popular cafe-restaurant. Budget around Y4-5000 at dinnertime for food and drink. At midday they offer three voluminous set lunches priced at Y900; one is a daily special, while the other two feature pho and side dishes, and they all come with the shop's excellent fried spring rolls. The special weekend lunch menu starts at Y1480 and is extrememly popular.
SunmapHyakunincho 1-19-17. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Vietnam Alice (Nishi-Shinjuku - Vietnamese). 5339-2033
Good, modern Vietnamese cooking from the "Iron Chef" who founded the Queen Alice chain. Their basket of assorted spring rolls is especially recommended. Budget around Y3000 at dinnertime. During the afternoon you can stop in for Vietnamese desserts or a late lunch.
SunmapNishi-Shinjuku 1-1-5, Shinjuku Lumine 1, 6F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
!Banh Xeo Saigon (Nishi-Shinjuku - Vietnamese). 3349-5884
These days you can find pho in many a hip Japanese cafe, but you have to venture further out of your way for good, authentic bahn xeo, those wafer-thin, crepe-like pancakes that are the eponymous specialty here. The banh xeo at Banh Xeo Saigon come in several enticing varieties - shrimp and pork (the standard at most places); mixed seafood; four-mushroom; sakura shrimp; cabbage and pork with mayonnaise; and spicy potato, bacon and cheese. Each order comes with a bowl full of foliage - romaine lettuce, mint leaves, various greens - in which to wrap your crepe. [Show more]
SunmapNishi-Shinjuku 1-1-3, Odakyu Shinjuku My Lord 9F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Vietnam Garden (Yoyogi - Vietnamese). 3341-9889
Nicely prepared, authentic Vietnamese fare. The dining room is fairly ordinary, but the terrace is pleasant in warm weather.
SunmapSendagaya 5-24-3, NTT Docomo Annex 1, 2F. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Saigon (Shibuya - Vietnamese). 3477-4684
A good take-out menu, and a few counter seats where you can grab a quick curry while shopping.
SunmapShibuya 2-24-1, Tokyu Toyoko-ten, B1F. Open 10am-8pm. Closed Thursdays.
Hoang Ngan (Shibuya - Vietnamese). 3464-4060
Inexpensive, authentic basic Vietnamese fare in an unadorned back-street basement. The menu is reasonably large, with full-course meals from Y3000 and much cheaper a la carte choices.
SunmapUdagawacho 14-1. (in the street just behind Parco) Open 11:30am-3, 5-11pm daily.
Nha Viet Nam (Ebisu - Vietnamese). 3716-8088
A cafe and noodle shop on the first floor, and a full-fledged restaurant upstairs (dinner only). They also sell Vietnamese coffee and tea.
SunmapEbisu-Minami 1-9-3. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Cyclo (Roppongi - Vietnamese). 3478-4964
Vietnamese standards competently prepared, plus a very limited wine list. The high points are the charming modern decor and the convenient late-night hours.
latedecormapRoppongi 6-6-9, Piramide Bldg. 1F. Open 11:30am-5, 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Aozai (Akasaka - Vietnamese). 3583-0234
Respectable mid-level Vietnamese dining from an old neighborhood standby.
mapAkasaka 5-4-14. Open 11:30am-2:30, 4-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays and holidays.
Vietnam Alice (Ginza - Vietnamese). 5250-0801
Refined Vietnamese classics from the chef behind the upscale Queen Alice restaurants. Try the desserts recommended by their "vegetable sommelier"! Budget around Y4000 for dinner.
no smokingSunmapGinza 2-2-14, Marronnier Gate 11F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
!Thien Phuoc (Yotsuya 3-chome - Vietnamese). 3358-6617
Simple, down-home Vietnamese food prepared extremely well. Their deep-fried ichiba harumaki (market spring rolls) are crunchy and flavorful; other highlights are fried tofu stuffed with beef and an excellent pho noodle soup, listed on the menu as gyuniku udon. They serve 333 and Saigon beers, but don't miss trying a bottle of the eye-opening Chang beer from Thailand. The final bill comes in at a very modest Y2,000-Y2,500 per person.
mapYotsuya 3-11. (on the north side of Shinjuku-dori, one block west of the Yotsuya 3-chome station, just past the koban) Open 11am-3, 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Miss Saigon (Kichijoji - Vietnamese). 0422-71-1932
Inexpensive Vietnamese dishes.
SunmapKichijoji Minamicho 1-8-5, B1F. (downstairs from Tom Yum 2.) Open noon-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
!Giang's (Futago-tamagawa - Vietnamese). 3700-2475
A gem of a restaurant, with authentic food and good prices. There's also a good stock of Vietnamese beer and French wines. The shop is run by a Vietnamese family, and the chef used to teach Vietnamese cooking in Tokyo.
no smokingSunmapTamagawa 3-5-7, Kurokawa Bldg. 3F. Open 5-10:30pm. Closed Mondays.
Song Be Cafe (Kamakura - Vietnamese). 0467-61-2055
Good Vietnamese cooking in a casual setting.
SunmapOnaricho 13-32. Open 11:30am-8:30pm. Closed Wednesdays.

Malaysian

Malay-chan (Ikebukuro - Malaysian). 5391-7638
Well-prepared Malay and Malay-Chinese dishes.
SunmapNishi-Ikebukuro 3-22-6. Open 11am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Malaychan Dua (Ikebukuro - Malaysian). 6914-2051
The second branch of this popular ethnic restaurant, located just above Higashi-Ikebukuro station, serves up Malay and Malay-Chinese dishes at very reasonable prices. Some specialties include their satay skewers, chicken rice, nasi goreng and Chinese braised pork. Open all afternoon on Sundays.
SunmapHigashi-Ikebukuro 4-6-12. Open 11am-2:15, 5-10:15 (LO) daily.
Rasa (Ginza - Malaysian). 3289-1668
You can sample a wide selection of proper Malaysian, Chinese-Malay and Singaporean dishes, including Chinese steamboat (a Hainanese version of shabu-shabu with lots of different seafood and meats). Seating is at small noodle-shop tables, but the decor is pleasant and modern. Budget around Y3500 at dinnertime.
SunmapGinza 5-8-13, Ginza Five Star Bldg 8F. Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.

Singaporean

Hainan Jeefan Shokudo 2 (Ebisu - Singaporean). 3447-3615
Good Singaporean chicken rice and Malaysian-style curries. [Go to branch review]
SunmapEbisu 1-21-14, Costa de Verano 1F. (behind Zest) Open 11:30-1:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed 3rd Monday.
!Hainan Jeefan Shokudo (Azabu-Juban - Singaporean). 5474-3200
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). They also have a good selection of curries and seafood stir-fries. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapRoppongi 6-11-16. Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed 3rd Monday.
Hainan Chi-fan (Akasaka - Singaporean). 6802-5512
A cozy little shop specializing in the famous Singaporean chicken-rice dish and a surprisingly big menu of other street-stall dishes; some take-out is available.
SunmapAkasaka 5-3-1, Akasaka Biz Tower B1F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Anthemble (Marunouchi - Singaporean). 5220-1923
A Singapore-style dining bar with a nice view out over Marunouchi Brick Square. Budget around Y4000 for dinner. Open until 2am Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
lateSunmapMarunouchi 2-6-1, Brick Square 3F. Open 11am-10pm daily.
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.
!Mu-hung (Nishi-Ogikubo - Singaporean). 3394-9191
A comfortable smoke-free cafe that serves good Singapore-style chicken rice, although unfortunately they only serve it with fragrant jasmine rice on the 10th, 20th and 30th of each month; you get regular rice the rest of the time. Other dishes include very good Malaysian curries with excellent fried roti (bread), and other Malaysian/Singaporean specialties. There's a tiny art gallery located right next door.
no smokingSunmapNishi-Ogi-Kita 3-21-2. Open 11am-9:30pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Five Star Cafe (Naka-Meguro - Singaporean). 3760-7028
This laid-back restaurant, located in what feels like a cinderblock bunker, serves up tasty, reasonable Singaporean and Malaysian fare. Lunch (11:30-3) is a steal, with classics such as Hainan chicken rice and Malaysian black curry, flavored with shrimp paste and coconut milk, available for Y880. More unusual items, like paper-wrapped chicken appetizers, soft-shell crab in chili sauce, and claypot-steamed rice with chicken and Chinese sausages, can be found on the dinner menu. After 1pm dogs are also welcome.
mapKami-Meguro 3-12-4. Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.

Indonesian

Jembatan Merah (Nishi-Shinjuku - Indonesian). 5323-4214
One of the more interesting corners of the Spice Road multi-ethnic complex, Jembatan offers appetizing food and friendly service.
SunmapNishi-Shinjuku 6-5-1, I-Land Tower B1F. Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Ayung Teras (Shibuya - Indonesian). 5458-9099
These days Tokyo has plenty of Southeast Asian restaurants, but few are as charming and satisfying as Ayung Teras in Shibuya. The decor is decidedly Indonesian, quite dense with handicrafts and art, but done in a tasteful and restrained manner. It doesn't feel at all touristy, or overly "ethnic." Rather, Ayung Teras seems more like a casual restaurant you might run across in one of the finer international hotels of Jakarta. [See FULL REVIEW.]
mapSakuragaokacho 20-12. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Bali Cafe Putri (Roppongi Hills - Indonesian). 5786-7795
Curries and other Balinese standards in a pleasant setting, with a good deal of outdoor seating. It's also a nice place to stop for an out-of-the-ordinary dessert and coffee.
lateSunmapRoppongi 6-10-2, Roppongi Hills Hillside B103. Open 11am-4am (LO) daily.
Jembatan Merah (Akasaka - Indonesian). 3588-0794
Reliable, filling Indonesian fare.
SunmapAkasaka 3-20-6. Open 11am-2:30, 5pm-midnight daily.
Wayang Bali (Roppongi 1-chome - Indonesian). 5545-6895
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 hidden-away office-building setting. Lunch is served until 3pm.
SunmapRoppongi 1-6-1, Izumi Garden 2F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Surabaya (Daiba - Indonesian). 3599-5341
Surabaya serves up a big menu of authentic-tasting Indonesian dishes, along with a huge selection of cocktails. Portions are small but prices are low, so you can try many different dishes if you wish. Most tables have a view of Fuji TV and Aomi beyond. Dinner for two starts at Y4900.
SunmapDaiba 1-7-1, Aqua City 5F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Surabaya (Yokohama Minato-mirai - Indonesian). 045-222-2577
Surabaya serves up a big menu of authentic-tasting Indonesian dishes. Portions are small but prices are reasonable, so you can try many different dishes if you wish.
SunmapShin-Minato 2-1-1, World Porters 5F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.

Burmese

Swe Myanmar (Takadanobaba - Burmese). 5937-0127
Good, authentic home-style Burmese cuisine is served at this very casual restaurant on Takadanobaba's lively shotengai. Lunches start from Y650, and at dinnertime curries start at Y600, with rice an extra Y200.
SunmapTakadanobaba 3-5-7. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Malihka (Takadanobaba - Burmese). 3207-8114
The only restaurant in Japan serving Kachin-style cooking from northern Myanmar, Malihka has home-style dishes like fish steamed in banana leaves, tripe stew, and chicken and bean curry. Open to 5am Saturday and Sunday.
SunmapTakedanobaba 1-25-29, Sankoru Bldg 3F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
Nong Inlay (Takadanobaba - Burmese). 5273-5774
A hole-in-the-wall bar serving Shan-style cuisine, which draws on influences from neighboring Yunnan and Sichuan in China. The adventurous may want to try the Shan-Iei (Y400) - a reddish-brown-colored Shan-style liquor that's about 25% alcohol, with a sweet flavor reminiscent of some kind of herbal remedy. [Show more]
SunmapTakadanobaba 2-19-7. Open noon-midnight daily.
Mingalaba (Takadanobaba - Burmese). 3200-6961
A very casual, home-style restaurant with many Burmese customers. You can assemble a hearty meal or a light snack from the extensive menu of small dishes - some 50 appetizers, salads, meat dishes, noodle items and desserts, most priced in the Y500-900 range. The food is nicely seasoned without being too fiery, with very distinctive flavors - coconut cream sauces, lots of garlic, northern Burmese pickles, and plenty of spices. Lunch is Y750, dinner in the Y1,700-3,000 range. [Show more]
SunmapTakadanobaba 2-14-8, NT Bldg. 3F. Open 11:30am-3, 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Biruma no Tategoto (Ebisu - Burmese). 5420-1686
Enticing Burmese cuisine at budget prices; they also have a catering service for Burmese-themed parties.
mapEbisu 2-8-13. Open 11:30am-2, 6-11pm. Closed Sundays.

Assorted Southeast Asian

Agalico (Ikebukuro - Misc. Southeast Asian). 3590-3170
Billing themselves as an "Oriental Bistro," this late-night drinking spot serves Vietnamese and other Southeast Asian fare at very reasonable prices. The front of the restaurant is open to the street during the warmer months of the year, adding to the festive atmosphere. Open until 8am (Sunday nights until 5am). Budget around Y2000-3000 for food and drink.
lateSunmapIkebukuro 2-10-6. Open 6pm-8am daily.
Mae Yao (Waseda - Misc. Southeast Asian). 5273-3770
This popular Waseda student hangout serves various Thai and Indian-style curries. The two-curry set includes a yogurt drink and runs about Y1000.
mapBabashitacho 18-9, Akiyama Bldg 2F. Open 11-3:30, 4:30-9 (Sat. to 8). Closed Sundays.
Somuo (Okubo - Misc. Southeast Asian). 3366-8686
This festively decorated restaurant has a Southeast Asian resort theme and a menu offering Vietnamese, Thai and other nearby cuisines. Budget around Y2500 for food and drink.
SunmapHyakunincho 1-11-24, Shirakawa Bldg 1F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Tiki Tiki (Shinjuku - Misc. Southeast Asian). 3226-0996
At Tokyo's original Tiki lounge, wooden masks glower, faux torches blaze, and hula dancers shake it, shake it, baby. The kitsch is ubiquitous, self-aware, and executed with formidable slickness. If you're in the right mood, the bar at Tiki Tiki is a fun and convenient spot to meet for a drink with friends. [See FULL REVIEW.]
decorSunmapShinjuku 3-4-8, Frente Shinjuku 3-chome 4F. Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Bali Lax (Nishi-Shinjuku - Misc. Southeast Asian). 5321-6688
Balinese and other Asian foods plus extravagant tropical decor in this fun party space. Lunch from Y900, dinner from Y1600. It's a good idea to call ahead for reservations.
decorSunmapNishi-Shinjuku 1-26-2, Shinjuku Nomura Bldg. B1F. Open 11:30am-3, 5:30pm-midnight daily.
Paradise Macau (Shibuya - Misc. Southeast Asian). 3780-5231
A mix of Chinese, Portuguese and Asian cuisines, just like the island of Macau after which it's been named.
SunmapUdagawacho 39-5, 1F. Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm daily.
Saigon (Setagaya-ku - Misc. Southeast Asian). 3420-5581
A very relaxed, funky bohemian hangout, Saigon offers a tasty Japanese-ethnic menu with various Asian influences - Vietnamese, Thai, and Indian in particular. Drinks include a big shochu menu and various Asian liquors, beers and exotic cocktails.
SunmapSetagaya-ku, Setagaya 3-3-5. (near Kamimachi station on the Setagaya streetcar) Open 11:30am-2:45, 5-11:30pm daily.
Monsoon Cafe (Minami-Funabashi - Misc. Southeast Asian). 047-421-7311
This ethnic-style izakaya chain serves Asian-inspired dishes from Thailand, China, Vietnam and Indonesia.
no smokingSunmapChiba-ken, Funabashi, Hamacho 2-1-1, Minami-kan 3F 4920. Open 11:30am-2:30, 2:30-11pm (LO) daily.

"World cuisine"

Monsoon Cafe (Shibuya - World cuisine). 5489-1611
From the owners of the Zest Mexican chain, a lively, fun place serving Southeast Asian dishes. The food is tasty (although not extremely authentic), there's a big bar, and service is friendly and competent.
no smokinglateSunmapJinnan 1-6-8, Campari Bldg. 4F. Open 11:30-3am (LO) daily.
Monsoon Cafe (Ebisu - World cuisine). 5789-3811
no smokinglateSunmapEbisu 4-4-6. Open 11:30-3am (LO) daily.
Monsoon Cafe (Daikanyama - World cuisine). 5489-3789
A branch of the Nishi-Azabu and Shibuya Monsoon Cafes, with eclectic Asian cuisine.
no smokinglateSunmapHachiyamacho 15-4. Open 11:30-1am (LO) daily.
Ichioku (Roppongi - World cuisine). 3405-9891
A self-consciously bohemian bar/restaurant/hangout with an interesting menu.
SunmapRoppongi 4-4-5. Open 5:30-11pm (LO). Open every day.
Monsoon Cafe (Daiba - World cuisine). 3599-4805
Assorted southeast Asian dishes and a large bar.
no smokinglateSunmapDaiba 1-7-1, Mediage 4F (Aquacity Odaiba). Open 11:30-3am (LO) daily.
Mugendo Asian Mama (Koenji - World cuisine). 5377-0831
A trendy bar/restaurant run by Mugendo, a cute ethnic trinket shop. The food is Vietnamese, Indian, Thai and Okinawan; the music and decor are similarly eclectic. Small dishes start at around Y500.
SunmapKoenji-Minami 4-22-5-B1F. Open 6pm-midnight (Sat, Sun 5pm-). Closed Wednesdays.
Soybean Farm (Kichijoji - World cuisine). 0422-21-0272
An interesting miso and miso soup restaurant, with seasonal dishes like kimchee nabe and several varieties of cabbage rolls. Many dishes are vegetarian.
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 2-15-2. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Monsoon Cafe (Tama Plaza - World cuisine). 045-905-5155
Eclectic Asian cuisine, a lively atmosphere and late-night hours, from the Global Dining Group (Zest, La Boheme).
no smokinglateSunmapYokohama Aoba-ku, Utsukushigaoka 5-2-15. Open 11am-3am (LO) daily.