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Cheese cuisine and cheese platters

Racler - Cheese: Shinjuku
Open 11am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
A cheese specialty restaurant, Racler serves fondues and cheese-centric side dishes like camembert ajillo and frozen blue-cheese salad bowls. The signature dish at both lunch and dinner though is...
Open 11am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Obika Mozzarella Bar - Italian: Roppongi Hills
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Four types of mozzarella cheese imported from Italy every day make up the centerpiece of the menu here. You can enjoy them with various salamis and dried hams, salads and pasta dishes, and Italian...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Saika - Cheese: Ginza
Open 5-11pm daily.
Fermented foods are the unusual specialty at this spacious Ginza dining bar, with an emphasis on European dishes incorporating either miso, cheese, or both. The house special four-cheese fondue is...
Open 5-11pm daily.
Ramukana - Swiss: Yotsuya 3-chome
Open 6-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Beautiful heirloom vegetables, sourced from small farms all over Japan, are the pride of the kitchen at Ramukana. The menu's centerpiece is a hearty cheese fondue, served with raw vegetables, bread,...
Open 6-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Obica Mozzarella Bar - Italian: Yokohama Sta.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Open since August 2014, this branch of the Roppongi-based restaurant offers a stylishly decorated dining room and all-day service. In addtion to cheese tasting plates, the menu also features gourmet...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Le Bar a Vin 52 - Wine bar: Ebisu
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Run by Seijo Ishii, the import-heavy food and wine market, this wine bar serves very reasonably priced wines by the glass or bottle. There's a full menu of grilled meats, cheese dishes and other...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Le Bar a Vin 52 - Wine bar: Azabu-Juban
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
As the name implies, wine is the main focus at this bustling bar-restaurant, with a food menu designed to play a supporting role. Wine prices are extremely reasonable (the shop is run by the Seijo...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Tokuoka - Wine bar: Ginza
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Cheese lovers take note - the custom five-cheese platter at this casual wine bar, priced at Y980, may be one of the best deals in town. The cheese counter offers dozens of different varieties, so...
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Hagare - Wine bar: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
If you're a cheese fan it's well worth dropping by this casual wine bar just to try their excellent four-cheese platter. The shop offers around a hundred wines by the bottle and twenty by the glass,...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.

Poutine

Gau's - Beer bar: Shibuya
Open 11am-2, 6pm-5am (LO). Closed Mondays.
Notable for their late-night hours (the last order is at 5am), Gau's offers a handful of US craft beers on tap from breweries like Lost Coast, Rogue and Left Hand, with three-part tasting flights a...
Open 11am-2, 6pm-5am (LO). Closed Mondays.
Robson Fries - Canadian: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open noon-9pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Poutine - that peculiar Canadian version on french fries served with gravy and cheese - is the exotic specialty at this small take-out shop. They're served with toppings ranging from fried onions...
Open noon-9pm. Closed Tuesdays.

Grilled-cheese sandwiches

Hohokam Cafe - Burgers: Harajuku
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Choose from more than two dozen burger variations at this comfortable American-style cafe, including fun combinations like baked apple and gorgonzola or chili, cheddar and jalapeno. They also offer...
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Luke's - Sandwiches/ deli: Shibuya
Open 11am-7:30pm daily.
Excellent Maine lobster, crabmeat and shrimp sandwiches - both seafood rolls and grilled-cheese varieties - from the popular New York-based lobster shop. Sandwiches start at Y980, with optional...
Open 11am-7:30pm daily.
Luke's - Seafood: Hiroo
Open 11am-4, 5-9pm daily.
This popular New York-based lobster specialist is known for their tasty lobster and seafood rolls - sandwiches stuffed with Maine lobster, crabmeat and shrimp. As a bonus, you'll find a well-chosen...
Open 11am-4, 5-9pm daily.
Brew La La - Beer bar: Shimbashi
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
With room for around fifty customers, Brew La La is quite a bit more spacious than most Tokyo beer bars, and the friendly multilingual staff help make this a relaxing place to hang out. There's even...
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Looking Good - Sandwiches/ deli: Otemachi
Open 7:30-9:30, 11am-2, 6-10:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
It's good to have a specialty, and this tiny shop has single-mindedly devoted itself to toasted cheese sandwiches, served morning, noon and night. They're nicely prepared and served on crunchy...
Open 7:30-9:30, 11am-2, 6-10:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Allpress Espresso - Coffee shop: Kiyosumi-Shirakawa
Open 8am-5pm (Sat, Sun 9-6) daily.
Occupying a beautifully restored timber warehouse, this combination roastery and cafe is a convivial and very hip spot to relax in for a serious cup of coffee or a mid-afternoon snack. The food is...
Open 8am-5pm (Sat, Sun 9-6) daily.
Buy Me Stand - Sandwiches/ deli: Yokohama Motomachi
Open 8am-10pm daily.
Classic American diner-style grilled-cheese sandwiches are the specialty here, along with BLTs, hearty soups, gourmet coffee, and various breakfast dishes in the morning. We enjoyed a well-executed...
Open 8am-10pm daily.
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Updated 2018-01-12