Tokyo and Yokohama
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Warayaki, or straw-roasted cooking, is a technique for quickly searing ingredients like chicken and bonito at very high temperatures. It's entertaining to watch, and the straw imparts a pleasant, slightly woody aroma to the food. The warayaki chicken here is beautifully prepared, complemented by garlicky seasoning and served over a bed of vinegared raw cabbage with a hefty helping of.... [Continue reading]
Tonjiru - pork miso soup - is the main dish here and it's very tasty soup indeed. Packed with tofu and fresh vegetables (carrots, daikon, onions and leeks), it's got a pleasantly creamy consistency and wonderful depth of flavor. Soups start at Y640 a la carte or Y890 for a teishoku (soup plus rice, pickles and a small salad), and you can add in ingredients like egg, natto, pork spareribs.... [Continue reading]
Although you may occasionally run across a California roll in a Tokyo sushi shop as a novelty item, other types of American-style inside-out rolls are pretty much unheard of. That's why this small local sushi counter is such a great find - they offer American classics like Caterpillar Rolls and Volcano Rolls, deluxe items like Spider Rolls (with soft-shell crab), and oddities like chicken.... [Continue reading]
Despite the name, we didn't expect to see any actual dancing at Dancing Crab, but we were in for a surprise. The venue is a sprawling (136-seat) Singapore-based restaurant that serves Louisiana-style seafood. Their signature dish is a big bag of boiled prawns, crab parts and other seafood, which is piled onto a paper tablecloth at your table to be eaten with your hands. If you're here.... [Continue reading]
This Tokyo outpost of a popular New York restaurant serves "Brooklyn-style brunch" and some of the best, and spiciest, Bloody Marys in town. The daily brunch menu features dishes like buttermilk fried chicken, lox platters, Eggs Huntington, and scrambled eggs with mushrooms, spinach and goat cheese. It's Brooklyn in style, but strongly influenced by Southern US cuisine. [Continue reading]
Sandwiches made with freshly scrambled eggs are the specialty at this Los Angeles-based shop, with a variety of delectable creations to choose from. The Bacon, Egg and Cheese features some of the crispiest bacon you'll encounter in Tokyo, and the signature Fairfax sandwich is built on an enticing, umami-rich assemblage of caramelized onions, gooey cheddar cheese and sriracha.... [Continue reading]
This casual standing bar serves a good selection of craft sake by the glass, plus several pre-selected tasting flights to compare and contrast. The food menu is surprisingly large for this type of establishment - mostly simple stews, pickles and similar sake-friendly fare - and there's a full-size kitchen and a dedicated chef in back of the main counter area. The assorted cheeses,.... [Continue reading]
Qibao serves only one dish - spicy Szechuan-style soup with glass noodles. The soup is infused with a blend of medicinal herbs, and to keep things interesting there are dozens of optional extra ingredients that you can mix and match to fill up your bowl. Some popular ingredient choices include dumplings stuffed with shrimp and crabmeat, leafy vegetables like spinach, bok choy and.... [Continue reading]
One of an small chain of ramen shops noted for their inventive recipes, this branch of Mensho specializes in tori paitan (creamy chicken stock) ramen. The beige-colored soup is light and refreshing, with creamy soy milk balanced by a bit of tart lemon. The most popular variety - cheese paitan - comes topped with a big mound of grated cheese that gradually turns gooey as it melts into the.... [Continue reading]
This cozy neighborhood spot serves a great line-up of burgers and sandwiches. The burgers are some of the best in town, with a pleasant infusion of charcoal flavoring from the grill, and they're served with excellent home-made bacon, crisp thinly cut fries and good cole slaw. There are also plenty of optional toppings such as grilled jalapenos and chili con carne. In the evenings the.... [Continue reading]
This old-fashioned Osaka-based shop serves up richly flavored curry with meaty main ingredients like stewed pork belly and chicken cutlet. The pork belly is particularly recommended - the curry is topped with a thick, fairly large slab of naturally fatty meat that's tender enough to fall apart on your fork. It's nicely complemented by the curry roux, which has a pleasing combination of.... [Continue reading]
Maybe it's the lace doilies and bud vases on the tables, or the antique cabinets and crammed bookshelves, but this tiny Polish bakery-cafe has a certain Old World charm. You can pick up a bag of doughnuts and cake to go, as most customers do, or grab one of the cafe's three small tables and enjoy your dessert here with a cup of Polish coffee. If you want something more substantial,.... [Continue reading]
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Craft Beer Bars Japan
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Meaty dishes like roast chicken, pork chops and sirloin steak are at the heart of the European-centered international menu here, supplemented by pub starters like shrimp ajillo and charcuterie platters. The other main draw...
Craft beers are accompanied by an extensive Japanese food menu at this 30-seat bar-restaurant next to Kamiyacho Station. The casual menu wouldn't seem out of place in a typical Tokyo izakaya, with classic dishes like...
A spacious brewpub under the management of the Craft Beer Market group, Craftrock serves nine of their own beers and three guest craft beers. The food comes in decent-size portions for the price, but unfortunately isn't up...
Run by the popular Delirium Cafe group of Belgian beer bars, Muh offers an impressive selection of well-prepared grilled meats - premium wagyu, Iberico pork, Hungarian duck, Ezo venison and lots more. There are also...
Run by the Sazaby group (Afternoon Tea, Shake Shack), Ibeer offers a line-up of ten Japanese craft beers on tap and a diverse food menu. Although it's not the most cutting-edge selection in town there are usually at least a...
Run by a veteran of the esteemed Fire House burger shop in Hongo, Folk Burgers offers one of the best selections of craft beers among Tokyo's gourmet burger shops. The burgers are solid and reliable, made with American...
Where in Tokyo
Find fun things to do between meals, from our sister site Where In Tokyo.
Taiwan's coolest bookstore and lifestyle shop has created a unique "hub for cultural exchange" in Nihonbashi. In addition to selling books, stationery and miscellaneous goods, the shop incorporates a workshop zone with...
Filled with lush greenery, this traditional Japanese garden is known for its seasonal flower displays. According to their garden calendar, over the course of the year you can look forward to seeing cherry blossoms...
Mipig is a cafe where you can hang out with cute baby pigs. They're friendly and curious, and they wag their tails just like puppies. You can pet them when they sit in your lap and they make cute snorting noises. Really,...
A large sculpture of a fish with a human face and a bust of Frederick I on its back is a startling sight to run across when you're out for a walk. It's just one of several unusual artworks on display in the tiny park in...
Small animals like red pandas, prairie dogs, squirrels, wallabies, Humboldt penguins and tropical birds make up most of the residents of this compact city-run zoo, with around thirty animal species in all. Although...
Featuring American and other international artists, exhibitions at this small neighborhood art gallery reflect the owner's interest in urban art, including work coming out of the culture of graffiti and gigantic urban wall...