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Vietnamese

Saigon Restaurant - Vietnamese: Ikebukuro
Open noon-2:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Good food and service and a lively atmosphere. Cheap lunch specials (Y680 including coffee).
Open noon-2:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Banh Mi Sandwich - Vietnamese: Takadanobaba
Open 11am-7pm (Sat -6pm). Closed Sundays, Mondays.
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...
Open 11am-7pm (Sat -6pm). Closed Sundays, Mondays.
Betonamuchan - Vietnamese: Okubo
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Banh Xeo Saigon - Vietnamese: Shinjuku
Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
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...
Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
Vietnam Alice - Vietnamese: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Vietnam Garden - Vietnamese: Yoyogi
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Nicely prepared, authentic Vietnamese fare. The dining room is fairly ordinary, but the terrace is pleasant in warm weather.
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Saigon - Vietnamese: Shibuya
Open 10am-8pm. Closed Thursdays.
A good take-out menu, and a few counter seats where you can grab a quick curry while shopping.
Open 10am-8pm. Closed Thursdays.
Nha Viet Nam - Vietnamese: Ebisu
Open 11am-11pm daily.
A cafe and noodle shop on the first floor, and a full-fledged restaurant upstairs (dinner only). They also sell Vietnamese coffee and tea.
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Aozai - Vietnamese: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-2:30, 4-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays and holidays.
Respectable mid-level Vietnamese dining from an old neighborhood standby.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 4-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays and holidays.
Banh Xeo Saigon - Vietnamese: Yurakucho
Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
In addition to the eponymous pancakes you'll also find nicely prepared spring rolls, pho and other Vietnames dishes. And well-stuffed banh mi sandwiches are around Y500, for here or to go.
Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
Vietnam Alice - Vietnamese: Ginza
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
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.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Thien Phuoc - Vietnamese: Yotsuya 3-chome
Open 11am-3, 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 11am-3, 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Cafe Hai - Vietnamese: Kiyosumi-Shirakawa
Open 11am-5:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Cafe Hai, closed for dinner but open all afternoon, is a nice, arty spot to drop in on for a casual Vietnamese lunch. The small, pork-heavy menu features pho noodles with pork cakes, fried-pork banh...
Open 11am-5:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Giang's - Vietnamese: Futago-tamagawa
Open 5-10:30pm. Closed Mondays.
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...
Open 5-10:30pm. Closed Mondays.
Song Be Cafe - Vietnamese: Kamakura
Open 11:30am-8:30pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Good Vietnamese cooking in a casual setting.
Open 11:30am-8:30pm. Closed Wednesdays.

Malaysian

Malay-chan - Malaysian: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Well-prepared Malay and Malay-Chinese dishes.
Open 11am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Malaychan Dua - Malaysian: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-2:15, 5-10:15 (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11am-2:15, 5-10:15 (LO) daily.
Rasa - Malaysian: Ginza
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
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). ...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.

Singaporean

Singapore Holic Laksa - Singaporean: Harajuku
Open 11am-8pm (Sat, Sun 10-7). Closed Mondays.
Singapore-style laksa spicy noodle soup starts at Y500 at this fast-food shop, with your choice of short or long noodles and four levels of hotness. The flavor is rich, shrimpy and quite spicy,...
Open 11am-8pm (Sat, Sun 10-7). Closed Mondays.
Hainan Jeefan Shokudo 2 - Singaporean: Ebisu
Open 11:30-1:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed 3rd Monday.
Good Singaporean chicken rice and Malaysian-style curries.
Open 11:30-1:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed 3rd Monday.
Hainan Jeefan Shokudo - Singaporean: Azabu-Juban
Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed 3rd Monday.
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). ...
Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed 3rd Monday.
Hainan Chi-fan - Singaporean: Akasaka
Open 11am-11pm daily.
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.
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Mu-hung - Singaporean: Uchisaiwaicho
Open 11am-9pm. Closed Sundays.
Singapore-style chicken rice is the well-prepared specialty at this tiny eight-seat counter, with your choice of either steamed or deep-fried chicken. (We prefer the deep-fried.) Other dishes...
Open 11am-9pm. Closed Sundays.
Anthemble - Singaporean: Marunouchi
Open 11am-10pm daily.
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.
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Song Kee Jee Fan - Singaporean: Awajicho
Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Stylish Singaporean cuisine from the former manager of Hainan Jeefan Shokudo in Azabu-Juban.
Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Mu-hung - Singaporean: Nishi-Ogikubo
Open 11am-9:30pm. Closed Tuesdays.
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...
Open 11am-9:30pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Five Star Cafe - Singaporean: Naka-Meguro
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.

Indonesian

Ayung Teras - Indonesian: Shibuya
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
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,...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Wayang Bali - Indonesian: Roppongi 1-chome
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Surabaya - Indonesian: Daiba
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Surabaya - Indonesian: Yokohama Minato-mirai
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
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.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.

Burmese

Swe Myanmar - Burmese: Takadanobaba
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Malihka - Burmese: Takadanobaba
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
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...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
Nong Inlay - Burmese: Takadanobaba
Open noon-midnight daily.
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...
Open noon-midnight daily.
Ruby - Burmese: Takadanobaba
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-midnight daily.
Ruby is a friendly place that attracts a lively crowd of drinkers and eaters. They have a complete Japanese-language menu, listing some Malaysian-style dishes like satay in addition to a full range...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-midnight daily.
Mingalaba - Burmese: Takadanobaba
Open 11:30am-3, 5-11pm (LO) daily.
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,...
Open 11:30am-3, 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Biruma no Tategoto - Burmese: Ebisu
Open 11:30am-2, 6-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Enticing Burmese cuisine at budget prices; they also have a catering service for Burmese-themed parties.
Open 11:30am-2, 6-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Golden Bagan - Burmese: Akebonobashi
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Burmese cuisine prepared by a staff of native chefs from Myanmar. Budget around Y2500 at dinnertime.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.

Assorted Southeast Asian

Agalico - Misc. Southeast Asian: Ikebukuro
Open 6pm-8am daily.
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...
Open 6pm-8am daily.
Mae Yao - Misc. Southeast Asian: Waseda
Open 11-3:30, 4:30-9 (Sat. to 8). Closed Sundays.
This popular Waseda student hangout serves various Thai and Indian-style curries. The two-curry set includes a yogurt drink and runs about Y1000.
Open 11-3:30, 4:30-9 (Sat. to 8). Closed Sundays.
Somuo - Misc. Southeast Asian: Okubo
Open 11am-11pm daily.
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.
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Tiki Tiki - Misc. Southeast Asian: Shinjuku
Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Bali Lax - Misc. Southeast Asian: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30pm-midnight daily.
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.
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30pm-midnight daily.
Saigon - Misc. Southeast Asian: Setagaya-ku
Open 11:30am-2:45, 5-11:30pm daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-2:45, 5-11:30pm daily.
Monsoon Cafe - Misc. Southeast Asian: Minami-Funabashi
Open 11:30am-2:30, 2:30-11pm (LO) daily.
This ethnic-style izakaya chain serves Asian-inspired dishes from Thailand, China, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 2:30-11pm (LO) daily.

"World cuisine"

Monsoon Cafe - World cuisine: Shibuya
Open 11:30-3am (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11:30-3am (LO) daily.
Monsoon Cafe - World cuisine: Ebisu
Open 11:30-3am (LO) daily.
Open 11:30-3am (LO) daily.
Monsoon Cafe - World cuisine: Daikanyama
Open 11:30-1am (LO) daily.
A branch of the Nishi-Azabu and Shibuya Monsoon Cafes, with eclectic Asian cuisine.
Open 11:30-1am (LO) daily.
Ichioku - World cuisine: Roppongi
Open 5:30-11pm (LO). Open every day.
A self-consciously bohemian bar/restaurant/hangout with an interesting menu.
Open 5:30-11pm (LO). Open every day.
Monsoon Cafe - World cuisine: Daiba
Open 11:30-3am (LO) daily.
Assorted southeast Asian dishes and a large bar.
Open 11:30-3am (LO) daily.
Mugendo Asian Mama - World cuisine: Koenji
Open 6pm-midnight (Sat, Sun 5pm-). Closed Wednesdays.
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.
Open 6pm-midnight (Sat, Sun 5pm-). Closed Wednesdays.
Soybean Farm - World cuisine: Kichijoji
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
An interesting miso and miso soup restaurant, with seasonal dishes like kimchee nabe and several varieties of cabbage rolls.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Monsoon Cafe - World cuisine: Tama Plaza
Open 11am-3am (LO) daily.
Eclectic Asian cuisine, a lively atmosphere and late-night hours, from the Global Dining Group (Zest, La Boheme).
Open 11am-3am (LO) daily.
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