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It's always a pleasure when a famous signature dish lives up to its reputation, and "Eggs Rothko" is worthy of the acclaim. A creation of chef George Weld that was first served at his Brooklyn restaurant Egg, it's part of the all-day breakfast menu at Egg's Tokyo outlet, along with omelets, French toast and pancakes. Eggs Rothko is simple in concept - a thick slice of well-buttered,.... [Continue reading]
It's one of the great mysteries of modern Tokyo. Why go to a South Indian restaurant and order the naan bread and butter chicken curry, the same combo available in every curry place in town? Alas, it's a typical scene at the great little South Indian cafe Curry Leaves (named for the fragrant leaf of the Bergera koenigii tree) in the backstreets of Kinshicho. It's even more mystifying.... [Continue reading]
As the chef works his skewers, clouds of aromatic smoke rise from the grill, with sudden bursts of flame when fat hits the hot charcoal below. It's a scene guaranteed to perk up the appetite as you peruse the menu, choosing from your favorite cuts of premium heirloom-breed chicken. With its impressive wine selection, relaxed atmosphere and attractive setting, this is one of our favorite.... [Continue reading]

Exploring Japanese cuisine

All about ramen, tonkatsu, tempura and grilled chicken on sticks, with menu-reading guides
Making Japanese dishes at home
Holiday meals, kitchen tools, sake snacks
Food-related travels around Japan
Kitchen tools, sake snacks, holiday meals

Articles and special features

An introduction to different types of sake, plus a glossary of sake terms
Menu-reading help for izakaya and sushi shops
A combination museum, restaurant complex and mini-theme park, with eight ramen shops to try
Sample regional delicacies and local sake without leaving the capital
Learn the secrets of Osaka's favorite octopus snack
What are style-savvy brewers wearing at festivals and tastings around the country?
A bustling warren of tiny shops catering to both restaurants and consumers
Tour of one of Kyoto's luxurious department-store food halls
Explore Kobe's biggest sake museum, built in an old brewery building
Different styles of ramen explained, with a noodle-term glossary
Find the best craft-beer bars in Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto
Finding great pork is easy, but where do you go for great turnips? Here are some suggestions.

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