This popular chain of spaghetti joints offers a good variety of Japanese-style pastas built around ingredients like asari clams, salmon roe, spicy cod roe and natto. But there's plenty more - you can choose from more than fifty variations in basic ingredients, with sauces that are tomato based, cream based or soy-sauce flavored (for the Japanese pastas).
You can also mix and match some twenty-five optional toppings and choose from four different portion sizes, for a very customizable bowl. And you can assemble a full meal by adding on Italian side dishes like Bocconcini-tomato caprese and arancini rice balls. Pastas start at under Y1000, and side dishes and drinks are very reasonable as well.
This book will introduce you to more than twenty of Japan's favorite specialty foods that are less well known abroad, along with a guide to the best places in Tokyo to try them and expert tips on what to order. From Bento.com.