Roppongi 1-chome: Belarusian
Minsk (Roppongi 1-chome: Belarusian)
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm. Closed Sundays.

Excellent home-style "Belarus home cooking" by native chefs. The decor is minimal (elaborately stacked vodka bottles, a vodka-themed calendar on the wall), but the food is uniformly good - from the richly flavored borscht (heavily seasoned with cumin, dill and other herbs), to the spongy buckwheat crepes stuffed with minced chicken, to the garlicky potato pancakes.

There's a selection of Hungarian white and Georgian red wines, but the hearty Russian Baltika #3 beer might be a better match for the food. The patrons seem to be a mix of local prowling Roppongi-ites and visiting explorers looking for exotic ethnic dining.

by Bjorn Katz
Roppongi 1-chome
Minato-ku, Azabudai 1-4-2.
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