Although they're not our favorite oyster bar in Tokyo, Grand Central does offer an impressively big selection of oysters from all over. There's also a large, varied wine list (heavy on the whites, naturally), with lots of choices by the glass, in case you feel like just dropping in for a drink at the bar.
(Shinagawa - Jazz club). 6717-0933
A popular jazz bar with live music every night.
Shinagawa-ku, Konan 2-18-1, Atre Shinagawa 4F. Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.
"Since 1930 Ginza" claims the sign, and they still offer the same nostalgic faux-Western yoshoku specialties like hamburg steaks, cabbage rolls and hayashi rice, for an inexpensive trip down memory lane. Lunch is served 11am-4pm.
(Shinagawa - Izakaya). 6717-0925
While The Zen is billed as a shochu dining bar, they also offer a reasonable selection of premium sake. Shochu really is the star here though, and the knowledgeable staff can help you navigate the 250 varieties on the menu. While The Zen is billed as a shochu dining bar, they also offer a reasonable selection of premium sake. Shochu really is the star here though, and the knowledgeable staff can help you navigate the 250 varieties on the menu.
The food is well prepared, with drink-friendly fare like fresh-tasting anago eel tempura, grilled chicken with black pepper, and miso-glazed saikyo-misoyaki fish. Budget around Y3000-5000 for dinner with drinks. [Show more] [Show less]
Shinagawa-ku, Konan 2-18-1, Atre Shinagawa 4F. Open 11am-10:45pm (LO) daily.
(Shinagawa - Japanese). 6718-2085
This chain of upscale izakaya (which also runs Megu in New York) is popular for their good food and lively, stylish decor. A specialty of the house is their charcoal-grilled meats and vegetables on skewers; the selection includes a full range of yakitori from premium heirloom-breed chicken, Maezawa beef, foie gras, pork filet and pork tongue, asparagus, kabocha and various mushrooms. Budget around Y6000 at dinnertime for food and drink; Y1000 at lunchtime.
A branch of the famous Aroma Fresca in Ginza, they offer an excellent wine selection and a fairly upmarket menu (full-course dinners from Y6500).
Shinagawa-ku, Konan 2-16-3, Grand Passage 1F. Open 11:30am-3, 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.
A branch of a popular Italian place in Hiroo and Ebisu, it sports a nicely tiled wood-burning pizza oven and a pleasant ground-floor view looking out onto the plaza.
Shinagawa-ku, Konan 2-16-5, Grand Passage B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Fresh, skillfully prepared tempura at friendly prices.
Shinagawa-ku, Konan 2-15-2, Shinagawa Intercity 3F. Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
(Shinagawa - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3471-6972
A popular chain of Belgian beer bars, Glass Dance offers De Koninck, Leffe Blond and a few other interesting beers on tap, and lots more by the bottle. There's a full Belgian-inspired food menu and convenient late-night hours. Budget around Y3200 for dinner, including the Y500 cover charge.
Coffee, wireless internet access and good food from the popular Wired Cafe chain. Open from 11am weekends.
Shinagawa-ku, Konan 2-3-13, Shinagawa Front Bldg 1F. Open 8am-11pm daily.
(Shinagawa - Japanese regional). 6712-0303
The specialty of the house here is seafood from the San-in region of Western Honshu, flown in daily and served grilled and as sashimi. There's also an excellent selection of sake from the region, and a lively after-work crowd. Prices are extremely reasonable - budget around Y2500-3500 at dinnertime for food and drink.
Shinagawa-ku, Konan 2-3-13, Shinagawa Front Bldg B1F. Open 11am-2, 4-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
The last surviving Japan branch of the former cult favorite coffeeshop, Anna Miller's serves a variety of pies and American-style breakfasts.
(Shinagawa - Liquor shop). 5798-2601
Mostly French wines; there's also a small cafe/ wine bar.
Minato-ku, Takanawa 4-10-18, Wing Takanawa 2F.
This small but stylish bar specializes in koshu (vintage sake), and they offer several different tasting sets to guide your explorations. The Y1260 set features three different types of koshu, and changes weekly. There's also a set comparing three different mature koshu (Y1890), and a set comparing 5-, 10-, and 32-year-old vintages from the same brewery (Y3150). The food menu is very simple - assorted cheeses and smoked dishes. There's a Y450 cover charge; budget around Y4000.
Coffee, wireless internet access and good food from the popular Wired Cafe chain.
Minato-ku, Takanawa 4-10-18, Wing Takanawa West 2F. Open 10am-11pm daily.
This small chain of French brasserie-cafes is popular for their authentic food and atmosphere. The cafe serves simple dishes like omelettes and salads all day long, while the brasserie has more substantial fare, with lunch an especially good value. Quiches and pastries are ready to take home from the bakery section.
Minato-ku, Takanawa 4-10-8, Takanawa Keikyu Bldg #7. Open 9am-11pm daily.
An Australian-themed steak restaurant from the US, with a festive decor and lively atmosphere.
Minato-ku, Takanawa 4-10-8, Takanawa Keikyu Hotel B1F. Open 5-11pm daily.
This medium-sized prefectural antenna shop carries a good selection of sake from Akita as well as assorted local foods - mountain vegetables, pickles, and kiritambo (grilled pounded-rice cylinders). The attached restaurant in back serves regional Akita cuisine, although the food can be hit or miss.
Minato-ku, Takanawa 4-10-8, Wing Takanawa West-3 1F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Late-night eateries are relatively scarce in this part of town, so it's worth knowing about this popular American chain restaurant if you want to grab a meal or a drink after 10:30pm. The kitchen turns out decent bar fare - cheeseburgers, buffalo wings (and the somewhat tidier boneless buffalo chicken), and nachos with voluminous servings of guacamole. Late-night eateries are relatively scarce in this part of town, so it's worth knowing about this popular American chain restaurant if you want to grab a meal or a drink after 10:30pm. The kitchen turns out decent bar fare - cheeseburgers, buffalo wings (and the somewhat tidier boneless buffalo chicken), and nachos with voluminous servings of guacamole.
The bar seems to specialize in exotic cocktails like the "Ultimate Strawberry Banana Colada" (Y1190), and the "Ice Cream Sandwich" (Y940). Lunch is served until 4pm, and happy hour runs 4-7pm. [Show more] [Show less]
First-rate Miyazaki chicken dishes, regional Kyushu fare and local shochu brands are the specialties at this reasonably priced, unpretentious Miyazaki-based izakaya chain. Budget around Y3000-4000 for dinner with drinks. [Go to branch review]
Minato-ku, Takanawa 3-26-33, Shuwa Bldg 2F. Open 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
(Shinagawa - Yakitori). 5421-1919
The excellent chicken meat used here is a special type from Nara Prefecture - a bird bred from shamo game hen and two other types of chicken. And although you may be concerned that there are no clouds of aromatic smoke wafting from the entrance, one look at the fresh chicken and other ingredients in the glass case on the counter will reassure you as to the quality of the food. [See FULL REVIEW
Minato-ku, Takanawa 3-26-33, Shuwa Shinagawa Bldg B1F. Open 6-10pm (LO). Closed weekends.
(Tennozu Isle - Italian). 5460-8889
Good-quality budget Italian, nice-size portions and a decent wine selection are the draws here.
Shinagawa-ku, Higashi-Shinagawa 2-3-10, Seafort Square 1F. Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
(Tennozu Isle - Teppanyaki). 5460-4430
Perched on the tweny-eighth floor atop the Seafort Square complex, Tennoz offers a lovely bayside view along with top-quality steaks. A steak lunch is Y2800, and dinners, which range from Y9,000 to Y28,000, include some seafood options in addition to Kobe and other top-quality domestic beef.
Shinagawa-ku, Higashi-Shinagawa 2-3-15, Dai-ichi Hotel Tokyo Seafort 28F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Inexpensive yakitori and microbrew beers from Gotemba Kogen.
Shinagawa-ku, Higashi-Shinagawa 2-2-20, Tennoz-Yusen Bldg. 1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm.
A very casual Italian cafe where you can find wines by the glass (from Y500) along with simple fare like salamis, grilled chicken and organic vegetable salads.
Shinagawa-ku, Higashi-Shinagawa 2-2-4, Tennoz First Tower 1F. Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Exciting, well-centered modern American cuisine - drawing on European and middle Eastern and Asian influences - from this bayside brewpub. The wine list is fantastic, with good values at every price level. This long-running bayside brewpub features an eclectic California-style menu, along with a nice selection of freshly brewed beers. You can enjoy a few drinks in the very stylish bar area up front, or a full meal in the cavernous dining room or the heated terrace area overlooking a picturesque canal.
The food is well-centered modern American cuisine drawing from European, middle Eastern and Asian influences. Dinner with drinks ranges from Y4,000-Y8,000 per person. [Show more] [Show less]
Luxuriously spacious and modern in feel, this combination bakery-cafe is a comfortable place to relax with a coffee and pastry, or a quiche, cup of soup and salad. There's also a bit of outdoor seating overlooking the adjacent canal. Take-out breads include tempting savory creations like gorgonzola-walnut and bacon-rosemary rolls, as well as focacia, whole-grain loaves, bread made with beer yeast (from TY Harbor Brewery next door) and assorted pastries and cakes.
Shinagawa-ku, Higashi-Shinagawa 2-1-6. Open 8am-8pm daily.
This unusual concept cafe celebrates the joys of dried, canned, frozen and other preserved foods - in fact they are the only foods served here. Choose a snack from the well-stocked freezers and heat it up in one of the kitchen's two-dozen microwaves, perhaps pairing it with some delicious instant ramen or a tempting can of sardines. This unusual concept cafe celebrates the joys of dried, canned, frozen and other preserved foods - in fact they are the only foods served here. Choose a snack from the well-stocked freezers and heat it up in one of the kitchen's two-dozen microwaves, perhaps pairing it with some delicious instant ramen or a tempting can of sardines.
There's a surprisingly decent selection of wine, and a pleasant outdoor terrace where you can enjoy your meal. Via Shinkansen.com. [Show more] [Show less]
Shinagawa-ku, Higashi-Shinagawa 2-2-43. Open 8am-9pm (Sun -6pm) daily.
A casual "tea house" serving Chinese teas, herb teas, and several varieties of iced tea along with light snacks. Tea time runs from 2-5pm, but if you're hungry you can take advantage of Doichan's late lunch menu (11am-5pm), featuring curries, donburis and sandwiches for under Y1000. In the evenings you'll find grilled meats and creative Japanese and Western dishes, plus beer, wine, sake and cocktails; budget around Y3000. Pets are welcome on the outdoor terrace.
Shinagawa-ku, Osaki 2-1-1, Thinkpark 1F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
(Gotanda - Ramen). 5740-7697
A branch of the famous Hakata ramen chain, featuring thin, slightly chewy noodles in a pork-based broth ("red" or "white"), with or without extra chashu. You can add your own freshly grated garlic.
(Gotanda - Sandwiches/ burgers). 5437-3800
Hawaiian-style hamburgers and sandwiches, plus microbrews from Kona Brewing Company.
Shinagawa-ku, Nishi-Gotanda 1-26-7. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Akita Prefecture is famous for its excellent sake, but its regional cuisine isn't as widely known. Wattaribozu, a cozy little basement izakaya near Gotanda Station, is a great place to explore both food and drink from the region. Some highlights include fish and seafood flown in fresh from the Sea of Japan coast, chicken dishes made with Hina-dori, an heirloom breed that originated in Akita, and wintertime stews like kiritampo nabe, made with grilled pounded rice on skewers. Akita Prefecture is famous for its excellent sake, but its regional cuisine isn't as widely known. Wattaribozu, a cozy little basement izakaya near Gotanda Station, is a great place to explore both food and drink from the region. Some highlights include fish and seafood flown in fresh from the Sea of Japan coast, chicken dishes made with Hina-dori, an heirloom breed that originated in Akita, and wintertime stews like kiritampo nabe, made with grilled pounded rice on skewers.
As you might expect, the drinks list here focuses heavily on Akita sake, with a number of labels from small craft breweries that are otherwise hard to find in Tokyo. Thirteen sake by the glass are listed, most in the Y580-850 range. You can also order by the flask for the table, and after our first couple of rounds we turned to the staff for recommendations, and were rewarded with some very fresh, limited-edition seasonal bottles that weren't even on the menu. If you're adventurous you might also want to check out the umeshu (plum wine) selection. There are at least twenty varieties, including unusual flavors like banana and yuzu, both of which were surprisingly good
One main section of the food menu is devoted to Hinai-dori, a native-Japanese breed of chicken with striking red-and-black plumage. It's represented here in the form of charcoal-grilled yakitori skewers, deep-fried chicken, excellent savory egg custard, and oyako-donburi, the classic meal of chicken and egg over rice. You'll also find some excellent grilled pork dishes, including tasty, thick bacon slabs and fantastic grilled pork belly with toasted garlic chips. Unexpectedly, Wattaribozu also serves some of the best basashi (horse sashimi) we've ever come across Tokyo.
Akita is largely mountainous and much of its vegetable consumption is in the form of pickles. The oshinko moriawase (assorted pickle platter) here is a good introduction, with several varieties we had never seen or heard of before. Among our favorites was the iburi-gakko (smoked pickled daikon and carrots), which went quite well with the local sake. We also had some interesting and unusual mountain-vegetable dishes, very good bamboo shoots, and outstanding grilled shiitake mushrooms.
One challenge here is simply understanding the menu - many dishes had unfamiliar names, and despite extensive consultations with the waitstaff we were still in for a few surprises. Pretty much everything we tried was quite good though; even a rather plebian dish like yakisoba was beautifully prepared, with special Akita-style noodles and other top-grade ingredients.
Budget around Y3500 at dinnertime for food and drink; all-you-can-drink plans are also available for parties. No lunch on weekends; open until 3am on Friday nights. [Show more] [Show less]
Shinagawa-ku, Nishi-Gotanda 1-7-1, Libio Gotanda Pragma G Tower B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-1am daily.
Mediterranean-inspired food and thirty-one taps of craft beer are the draw at this modern bistro-style restaurant. Beers are mostly Japanese, with some US and European imports, and three-beer samplers are available.
Shinagawa-ku, Nishi-Gotanda 2-18-3, Grace Gotanda 1F. Open 5pm-1am daily.
(Gotanda - Japanese regional). 6408-6585
This budget chain serves two kinds of Nagasaki-style noodles - sara-udon (crisp fried ramen noodles topped with vegetables, pork and seafood in a thick sauce), and Nagasaki champon (similar to the above but in a pork-based soup). Side dishes include gyoza dumplings (regular, cheese, and mentaiko-cheese) and fried rice. Open Mondays 7am-midnight; Tuesday-Friday 24 hrs; Sat midnight-5am; Sun 11am-10pm.
Located next to Gotanda Station, this branch of the ubiquitous cafe chain offers inexpensive dishes like sandwiches, salads, pastas and pizzas as well as coffee, tea and cocktails. There's plenty of internet access and some non-smoking tables.
Shinagawa-ku, Higashi-Gotanda 1-26, Atre Vie Gotanda 2F. Open 8am-11pm (weekends from 10am) daily.
Coffee, drinks, music-listening stations and free wi-fi access. Lunch is served until 3pm.
Shinagawa-ku, Higashi-Gotanda 2-1-2, Remy Gotanda 4F. Open 7am-10pm (LO) daily.
This branch of the vegetable-oriented chain specializes in vegetable shabu-shabu (minimum order for two people), to which you can add various vegetable side dishes (including several meaty items). Shabu-shabu sets are priced Y2800-4600, and kaiseki menus are Y4800 and Y6800.
Shinagawa-ku, Higashi-Gotanda 2-1-2, Remy Gotanda 8F. (inside the Tokyu Shopping Plaza) Open 11am-11pm (lunch to 3pm) daily.
Imported foods from Latin America - Brazil, Chile, Peru and Colombia mostly - including frozen sausages and fresh jalapenos.
Shinagawa-ku, Higashi-Gotanda 1-12-12, Ochiai Bldg 3F. Open 10am-7pm daily.
Very authentic South American cooking - the spicy, garlicky shrimp soup (with rice and green peas) was amazing, and the Aji de Gallina (stewed chicken) is definitely worth a try. Spanish-language ability helps - they don't speak much English or Japanese. Inexpensive.
Shinagawa-ku, Higashi-Gotanda 1-15-5, Miyamoto Bldg. 2F. Open 11:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
(Gotanda - Izakaya). 3280-0178
An amazing selection of sake and top-rate food in a cozy setting. The sake list changes with the season, and it helps if you know what you're looking for.
Shinagawa-ku, Higashi-Gotanda 1-18-3. (next to Gotanda Post Office, about 3 minutes from the station) Open 6-11pm. Closed Sundays.
(Gotanda - Izakaya). 3443-2515
A small sake pub with good food, some of it Okinawan-style.
Shinagawa-ku, Higashi-Gotanda 1-6-6. Open 6pm-4am. Closed Sundays.
American West coast-style burgers and sandwiches, with delivery service and a pleasant outdoor patio.
Shinagawa-ku, Higashi-Gotanda 3-15-18. Open 11am-9pm daily.
Manuel Churrascaria serves northern Portugal-style charcoal-grilled dishes - pork, chicken and seafood - along with other traditional Portuguese cuisine. The restaurant itself is very cozy, seating around 20 persons, and it really creates the feeling of dining somewhere in the back streets of a Portuguese town. [See FULL REVIEW
Minato-ku, Takanawa 2-3-22-101. Open noon-2:30, 6-10:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Smoked bacon and a good selection of cheeses (cheddar, gouda, colby, mozzarella and pepper jack) liven up the 100% US beef burgers here, along with avocado, chili beans and mushrooms. Onion rings are crisp and tasty; other side options include fried chicken and an avocado-bacon Caesar salad. Milk shakes come in exotic flavors - caramel, espresso, honey nuts - as well as your standard vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. Smoked bacon and a good selection of cheeses (cheddar, gouda, colby, mozzarella and pepper jack) liven up the 100% US beef burgers here, along with avocado, chili beans and mushrooms. Onion rings are crisp and tasty; other side options include fried chicken and an avocado-bacon Caesar salad. Milk shakes come in exotic flavors - caramel, espresso, honey nuts - as well as your standard vanilla, chocolate and strawberry.
A plain single burger with no toppings is Y1080, while a double cheeseburger is Y1800. Saturday hours are 11:30am-8:30pm, and Sundays they're open 11:30am-6:30pm. Delivery is available locally. [Show more] [Show less]
Minato-ku, Shiba 2-26-1, i-smart Bldg 1/2F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-8:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
An old standby in the Mita neighborhood, this long-running basement shop has solid wood furniture, stucco walls, odd little paintings and soft jazz in the background. The roux here is okay, but the quality of the meat really stands out - nice lean pork and very tasty and tender chicken. The mixed meat or all-chicken options are recommended. The boiled potatoes are also quite good.
Minato-ku, Shiba 4-6-16. Open 11am-3, 5:30-9:30pm. Closed weekends.
First-rate Miyazaki chicken dishes, regional Kyushu fare and local shochu brands are the specialties at this reasonably priced, unpretentious Miyazaki-based izakaya chain. Budget around Y3000-4000 for dinner with drinks. Open to 2am (LO) Fridays, 10:30pm Saturdays and Sundays. [Go to branch review]
Minato-ku, Shiba 5-20-20. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5pm-12:30am (LO) daily.
This smallish neighborhood spot serves six Belgian beers on tap (at Y800 a glass) and lots more by the bottle.
Minato-ku, Shiba 5-24-16, Omamori Bldg 2F. Open 5pm-midnight daily.
(Shibaura - French). 3769-1155
Totally unpretentious dining - it feels like you're eating in the top restaurant in some small provincial town. The focus is on the excellent Provencal-style seafood, including two different varieties of bouillabaisse. [See FULL REVIEW
Minato-ku, Shibaura 2-10-5. Open 11:30am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
(Shibaura - Curry). 3457-8751
A branch of a very popular Jimbocho curry shop, Bondy serves excellent European-style Japanese curries.
Minato-ku, Shibaura 3-14-5. Open 11am-10pm. Closed weekends.
Relatively inexpensive meats and produce, 24 hours a day.
Minato-ku, Shibaura 3-15-9. Open 24 hours a day.
Relatively inexpensive meats and produce, 24 hours a day.
Minato-ku, Minami-Azabu 4-11-22. Open 24 hours a day.
(Shirokane-Takanawa - French). 5420-3584
Spectacular traditional French cooking, rich sauces, with nothing light or nouveau about it. Prepare for a serious meal.
Minato-ku, Shirokane 3-2-7. Open noon-midnight daily.
(Shirokane-Takanawa - Hungarian). 6277-2037
Traditional Hungarian cooking and a good selection of Hungarian wines. Main dishes range from Y1200-1600.
Minato-ku, Takanawa 1-1-11. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11pm. Closed Sundays.
(Shirokanedai - Cafe). 3440-6771
The atmosphere is relaxed and the music is downbeat at this very casual late-night cafe-bar. The drinks menu offers a decent selection of cocktails.
Shibuya-ku, Ebisu 2-39-4. Open 6pm-3am. Closed Sundays.
(Shirokanedai - Eclectic). 5422-8467
Hand-made sausages and fried hinadori chicken are the specialties here, with organic wines by the glass or bottle. Sausage variations include Spanish chorizo, Chinese chozume, Korean sunde, boudin noir (French-style blood sausage), andouillette (tripe sausage) and several others. Most seating is at the big central counter, plus a few tables in the front window looking out over the street. Budget around Y4000 at dinnertime. No lunch on Wednesdays, Saturdays or Sundays.
Shibuya-ku, Ebisu 3-48-5, Grande Ebisu 2F. (above Sunkus) Open 11:30am-1:30, 6pm-midnight (LO) daily.
(Shirokanedai - Japanese regional). 3440-2321
Kyushu-style charcoal-grilled chicken is the tasty specialty here. It's well charred and a bit chewy, just like it's prepared in Miyazaki, and there's also an impressive extra-garlicky version. If you're brave, the assorted raw-chicken platter (Y980) is one of the best we've had in Tokyo. The small sake list is well-chosen to match the food. Budget around Y5000 for dinner and drinks.
Minato-ku, Shirokane 3-1-2, GN Bldg 1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11:30pm (LO) daily.
(Shirokanedai - Italian). 5447-2733
Another candidate for best pizza in Tokyo, prepared in a ceramic oven, although some may balk at the prices - pizzas range up to around Y3000.
Minato-ku, Shirokane 6-17-2. Open 6:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
The original shop of this popular burger chain serves American-style gourmet burgers and sandwiches. Craft-beer fans can choose from six beers on draft, including one each of stout, lager, pale ale, and IPA styles and one seasonal beer. Draft beers are Y880 and Y1100 (370ml and 473ml sizes), and some bottles and cans are also available. Delivery within the neighborhood.
Minato-ku, Shirokane 6-5-7. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Excellent shabu-shabu made from Ohmi beef. The setting is gorgeous, a converted private residence built in the 1960s that's a modernist architectural gem. Full-course menus from Y6,090, by reservation only.
Shinagawa-ku, Kami-Osaki 1-12-7. Open 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
With gorgeous decor and comfortable terrace seating, I/R Second House is a stylish neighbhorhood spot for casual food and craft beers. Food ranges from pizzas and burgers to serious grilled beef, lamb and pork. With gorgeous decor and comfortable terrace seating, I/R Second House is a stylish neighbhorhood spot for casual food and craft beers. Food ranges from pizzas and burgers to serious grilled beef, lamb and pork.
In addition to table seating, there's an eleven-seat counter where you can just have a drink. Guest beers are Y1050 for a 560ml pour; Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is Y900. Budget around Y4000 for dinner with drinks, or Y1000 at lunchtime. [Show more] [Show less]
(Shirokanedai - Teppanyaki). 5423-5424
Karashi is a comfortable neighborhood spot that specializes in both teppanyaki and okonomiyaki. It's an odd combination - even though both styles of cooking use the same type of grill, Japanese teppanyaki steaks are usually served in upscale settings like fancy hotel restaurants, while okonomiyaki dishes (those savory pancakes that are so popular in Kansai) are found in far more humble surroundings. The restaurant Karashi falls between these two extremes - it's comfortably appointed and the food is good, but you don't have to worry about the exorbitant expense of a typical Japanese steak house. [See FULL REVIEW
Minato-ku, Shirokanedai 3-19-5. Open 5:30-11pm. Closed Mondays.
(Shirokanedai - Italian). 3442-4060
One of the few late-night spots in the neighborhood; pizzas and pastas in a multi-level, palatial setting.
(Shirokanedai - International). 3442-5588
Upscale California dining in a fun, thirties-movie-palace setting, from the owners of the Zest-La Boheme chain. The mainly New World wine list is well assembled, and dinner with wine generally runs in the Y7,000-Y10,000 range.
The restaurant in back is pretentious and overpriced, but the outdoor cafe is a pleasant place to sit during warm weather.