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Malaysian-style snacks and light meals are the draw at this casual cafe, which opened in Bakurocho in summer 2023. With its down-home snacks and sweet drinks, Malay Kampung Kopitiam (it means "Village Coffeeshop" in Malay) is the perfect pick-me-up after a stroll around the department stores of Nihonbashi or the art galleries of Bakurocho. The traditional Malaysian breakfast of Nasi.... [Continue reading]
Attached to fancy French restaurant Bertrand Larcher, the Bar a Cidre is a great place to explore French ciders along with modern Breton cuisine. The food is first rate, with very appetizing starters like roast cauliflower in Bechamel sauce and leeks in vinaigrette sauce, and substantial main dishes like roast Daisen chicken and roast salmon. They also serve buckwheat galettes - both.... [Continue reading]
The "Mixed" pizza at this New York-style pizzeria is piled so high with delicious ingredients that we needed a fork to manage it. Garlic cloves, big chunks of onion, semi-raw green peppers, spicy pepperoni slices - each bite full of pleasant surprises. Other varieties like Mushroom, Cheese, and Italian Sausage & Green Pepper are also toppings-heavy and quite satisfying. Jalapeno &.... [Continue reading]

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