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The specialty of the house at this unpretentious little izakaya is Tamba-jidori, a tasty heirloom-breed chicken from north of Kobe, and it's served here in several styles - charcoal-grilled, deep-fried, and raw or lightly seared as chicken sashimi. You'll also find some unusual and creative side dishes, and a small but well-chosen list of seasonal craft sake. The excellent.... [Continue reading]
Located inside the multi-story Hiroshima antenna shop, Koi Koi specializes in Hiroshima's most famous dish - okonomiyaki - along with yakisoba and oysters in season. If you grab a counter seat you can watch the chefs assemble the layers of your okonomiyaki from up close, then serve yourself directly from the edge of the grill, chopping off one section at a time. The grill-side seats are.... [Continue reading]
Specializing in heirloom-breed chicken from Miyazaki Prefecture in Kyushu, this popular chain izakaya reliably serves up tasty food and delivers good cost performance. The atmosphere is lively without being raucous, tables are comfortably spaced, service is friendly - our only complaint is the lack of a non-smoking section, although the ventilation seems to be pretty good. The food menu.... [Continue reading]
Soi Nana specializes in yatai-style Thai cooking, offering a good selection of regional dishes from around the country in addition to popular standards. Flavors and levels of spiciness are similar to what you might find in Thailand, as is the bare-bones noodle-shop decor. Prices are quite reasonable, starting at around Y1000 for a quick teishoku-style meal..... [Continue reading]
Anago is the specialty at this first-rate tempura shop, and the combination of quality and price attracts a full house at lunchtime, when the menu starts at just Y1155. (By contrast, dinner averages around Y6000.) Some highlights of a recent deluxe teishoku included nicely crisp green beans, very fresh-tasting kinoko mushrooms, and a huge helping of crunchy kakiage filled with plump.... [Continue reading]
The charcoal-grilled burgers here are meaty and juicy, with a subtle smoky flavor from the grilling process. They're served with excellent bacon (optional), raw onions for a bit of bite, and piquant pickles. Unlike many burger shops, you can specify how you want your meat cooked - medium rare, medium or well-done. (Medium-rare is the chef's recommendation.) In addition to standard.... [Continue reading]
This bustling basement izakaya offers good seafood and a decent selection of sake and shochu at very reasonable prices. The fish and seafood come straight from fishing ports all over Japan, and the walls and menus are decorated with portraits of fishermen back on the docks with their day's catch. The menu is mostly standard izakaya fare - sashimi and tempura and grilled shellfish -.... [Continue reading]
This neighborhood take-out sandwich shop is serious about their banh mi, and the staff in charge of baguette production learned their craft at a bakery in Vinh Yen, Vietnam. Fresh-baked baguettes are stuffed with a variety of ingredients, ranging from traditional liver pate, fried fish and grilled pork (our favorite) to more exotic combinations like shrimp-avocado with chili mayonnaise. .... [Continue reading]
International-style Thai restaurants seem to be popping up all over Tokyo these days, and Gin Khao has joined the club, with the promise of exotic California-style Thai cuisine. In addition to the usual tom yum kung and curries you'll find entertaining cross-cultural dishes like Thai-style buffalo chicken wings with sriracha-glazed cauliflower, and quinoa salad with beet dressing. The.... [Continue reading]
Real New York-style pizza is hard to find in Tokyo - up until now we've had to travel up to Oji for pizza at Rocco's - so this spacious cafe-restaurant in the back streets of Nishi-Azabu is a great find. Pizza here comes in pepperoni, sausage and plain-cheese variations and is served with all the proper condiments - crushed red peppers, powdered garlic and oregano. Best of all it's just.... [Continue reading]
Casual French cuisine served with premium sake from Akita Prefecture - that's the inspired culinary pairing offered at this stylish late-night sake bar. Besides sake, Akita is also famous for their local Hinai-jidori chickens, and the menu features a good number of chicken dishes (as well as egg-based dishes) showcasing this prized heirloom-breed bird. Rounding out the sake-friendly.... [Continue reading]
This laid-back local cafe plays a soundtrack of acid jazz and serves well-stuffed sandwiches along with gourmet coffee and desserts. The sandwich selection features appetizing choices like warm salmon salad, mackerel and olives, and roast beef and wasabi. In the evening there's a full cocktail bar plus beer and a budget wine list. The decor is modern urban rustic, with rough-hewn wooden.... [Continue reading]

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Craft Beer Bars Japan

The latest listings from our sister site Craft Beer Bars Japan.
Watering Hole: Yoyogi
One of Tokyo's pioneering craft-beer specialty bars, Watering Hole has built up a loyal following with their well-curated tap list and their convivial atmosphere. The four-glass tasting flights (Y1000; served 3-6pm on...
Shujitsu One: Yoyogi-Uehara
With its minimalist industrial decor livened up by floral arrangements from the resident flower shop, this small craft-beer counter shares its quarters with gourmet-coffee shop Tomoca Coffee, an excellent use of the space. ...
Nihonbashi Brewery T.S.: Yaesu
The second branch of the Bakurocho-based bar-brewpub serves beers from Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) in Portland, Oregon, plus guest beers, at least one cider, and one or two of their own house beers. There are thirteen taps...
Festa: Shimo-Kitazawa
This lively neighborhood bar offers a decent selection of craft beers - both Japanese and imported - from their dozen taps. One unusual feature is that they serve a number of Belgian and other European beers in addition to...
New opening - Beer Boy: Kichijoji
Beer Boy is the first craft-beer izakaya from the popular Craft Beer Market chain. The beer list is focused on "rare and extreme" craft beers, mostly from Japan but with a few US brews as well. The food menu is a mix of...
Le Petit l'Ouest: Shimo-Kitazawa
This Star Wars-themed neighborhood liquor shop stocks a wide selection of over 100 Japanese craft beers, one of the better selections in town. It helps to know what you're looking for though, as there are plenty of clunkers...

Where in Tokyo

Find fun things to do between meals, from our sister site Where In Tokyo.
Kitte: Tokyo Marunouchi
Located on the site of Tokyo's former central post office, Kitte (the name means "postage stamp") is one of the more interesting multi-use complexes in Marunouchi, housing a good number of design and lifestyle shops and a...
Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center: Tokyo Ginza
One of architect Kenzo Tange's most iconic buildings, this early example of Metabolist architecture was completed in 1967 and occupies a prominent corner location just north of Shimbashi station. Built on a triangular site...
Animal Cafes - Calico: Tokyo Kichijoji
One of the early pioneers in Tokyo's cat-cafe world, Calico roughly doubled in size when they moved to larger quarters in 2016, providing a more comfortable setting for both cats and visitors. There are now two rather large...
Kanzan Gallery: Tokyo Bakurocho
Produced by the Japan Photo Arts Society, Kanzan puts on exhibitions of contemporary photography and other art. They have different guest curators for each show in order to present work from a variety of different...
Animal Cafes - Ekoneko: Tokyo Ekoda
This local rescue-cat cafe has a roomful of friendly cats and a very proactive staff who spend a lot of energy keeping them entertained. We were lucky enough to be there when the staff gave out cat treats for the visitors...
Souvenir from Tokyo: Tokyo Nogizaka
The name of this shop really doesn't do it justice - more than just a souvenir shop or museum shop, it's actually one of the best design shops in Tokyo. You'll find excellent selections of pottery, glassware, fabrics, paper...

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