Tokyo and Yokohama
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Custom-made burgers with a huge variety of optional ingredients, sauces and toppings are ready to order from this California-based burger shop. Alternatively, you can swap your buns for salad greens with meals-in-a-bowl like the Beef and Brie and the Grilled Mahi-Mahi Salad, or explore sandwich options like the Grilled Cheese Trifecta and the BLT with grilled avocado. One of the main.... [Continue reading]
With its lively, spacious dining room, well-stocked bar and good food, Fireking has established itself as the hub of Uehara nightlife since its opening in 2000. It's busy until late at night with an eclectic and hip crowd, and it's a popular lunch spot as well. The food menu is reasonably priced and international in scope, ranging from grilled chicken and swordfish to Thai and Indonesian.... [Continue reading]
A nice variety of deli-style salads is ready for your grazing pleasure at this casual cafe, with inventive dishes like Spicy Roast Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower with Onion Bacon Jam, and Roast Swordfish and Zucchini with Coriander Salsa. The daily menu offers some fifteen deli items to choose from, ranging from quite substantial meat-centered dishes to lighter grain- and.... [Continue reading]
This upscale branch of Rikyu, the popular Sendai beef-tongue specialist, offers nice full-course lunches with options like beef-tongue sukiyaki and tomato-tongue stews. Lunches are served until 5pm, and are generally priced in the Y1500-2000 range. At night there's a good selection of tongue delicacies like spicy tongue tsukune meatballs, tongue tempura with seasonal vegetables and.... [Continue reading]
The excellent fish and seafood served at Ginpei is flown in fresh from two regional fishing ports - Minoshima in Wakayama and Muroto Cape in Shikoku. Matching the impressive level of the seafood is a sake list assembled from craft sake breweries throughout Japan. Much of the menu is devoted to standard izakaya items like tempura, grilled fish and sashimi - simply prepared dishes that.... [Continue reading]
There are plenty of third-wave cafes around Tokyo, but this old-school shop is decidedly first-wave, one of the pioneers that inspired today's crop of specialty coffeehouses, both in Japan and abroad. As such it's become something of a pilgrimage destination for coffee fanatics from around the world. If you take a seat at the long front counter you can watch the coffee-making process up.... [Continue reading]
The Umami Burger delivers a giant blast of rich, meaty flavor, more than living up to its name. The signature dish at this California-based gourmet burger shop, it has been carefully crafted from a palette of savory, glutamate-rich ingredients - shiitake mushrooms, caramelized onions, parmesan crisps, roast tomatoes - that work beautifully together. The "umami ketchup" that comes on.... [Continue reading]
With its festive interior, reliable menu and extremely reasonable prices, Shigezo is worth knowing about if you're looking for a budget-friendly izakaya in the Ebisu Garden Place area. The food menu is built around charcoal-grilled meats, fish and vegetables, supplemented by well-constructed izakaya standards like their excellent, very garlicky chicken karaage. There are full menu pages.... [Continue reading]
In addition to the charms of its unusual location, Bowling Cafe is quite spacious, provides free wifi, and is very close to Shibuya Station, so as well as hungry bowlers it also attracts an afternoon crowd of people working on their laptops. The food menu is more ambitious than you might expect, and our grilled pork plate (Y1200) featured excellent heirloom-breed pork from Kagoshima as.... [Continue reading]
This stylish little "spice bar" serves tasty Indian-inspired Japanese curries and fusion-y Indian side dishes. Their namesake ALW curry is a French-Indian red wine-based beef curry, and it's the centerpiece of the lavish ALW Curry Lunch (also served at dinnertime), along with chicken confit, three scoops of deli vegetable salads, pickles and brown rice. The chicken confit is actually a.... [Continue reading]
Conveniently located next to Shinjuku Station's new south exit, this is the first overseas outpost of a California-based coffee roaster with several branches in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The atmosphere is lively, but it's much more relaxed than the rather frenetic branch of Blue Bottle located just downstairs. Caffienated beverages here come in a bewildering variety of styles, with.... [Continue reading]
Around a dozen different sake varieties are ready for tasting at this casual standing bar, along with a dozen wines, several types of shochu, and Japanese liqueurs like yuzushu. The standing-bar area takes up about half the floor space of this well-stocked liquor shop, and there are various wine and craft-beer magazines to peruse while you sip. There are even a few chairs if you arrive.... [Continue reading]
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Japan's most popular comfort food
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Craft Beer Bars Japan
The latest listings from our sister site Craft Beer Bars Japan.
New opening - Craft Beer Market: Kanda
One thing we like about this craft-beer bar chain, besides the reasonable prices and broad beer selection, is that fact that each branch has its own distinctive food menu. The theme here at CBM's tenth branch is lamb, and...
While other Tokyo craft-beer bars may specialize in small Japanese breweries or US imports, Pigalle is a good place to find interesting European craft beers, both on draft and by the bottle, as well as craft ciders. The...
New opening - Beer Brain: Omotesando
Although it's tiny itself, this cozy standing bar is part of the larger Commune 2nd complex, an assemblage of casual food trucks in the heart of Aoyama. Food options from the surrounding trucks include German sausages, Thai...
Living: Yokohama Yamashitacho
A comfortable, laid-back bar located near Yamashita Park, Living Craft Beer Bar offers ten Japanese craft beers on draft along with a creative food menu. If you have trouble deciding what to drink, you can opt for a...
New opening - Kazenori Meri: Shimo-Kitazawa
The well-chosen selection of twenty craft beers here is accompanied by a very nice food menu, with enticing dishes like stewed pork belly and chicken wings, herb-infused fish and chips, and potato salad with chicken breast and avocado.....
Ushitora One: Shimo-Kitazawa
One of Tokyo's pioneering craft-beer bars, Ushitora devotes several taps to their own beers, brewed in Tochigi, along with a good selection of Japanese and imported craft beers - there are 25 taps in all. The small food menu offers tasty....
Where in Tokyo
Find fun things to do between meals, from our sister site Where In Tokyo.
Chiba Institute of Technology: Tokyo Oshiage
Wondering what Japanese robots are up to these days? Find out at the Tokyo Skytree campus of Chiba University of Technology, which is actually just a couple of exhibition spaces located upstairs from the Skytree's...
Samurai: Tokyo Shinjuku
Thousands of maneki neko (good-luck cat statues) fill the interior of this spacious cafe-bar, along with signed covers of jazz albums and underground theater posters. There's a counter and several tables, making this a good...
Horyuji Gallery: Tokyo Ueno
The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures is part of Tokyo National Museum in Ueno Park. It houses more than 300 historical artifacts, mainly from the seventh and eighth centuries, which were donated to the Imperial Household by...
Animal Cafes - Bird Zoo: Yokohama
This is the second branch of Bird Zoo, a full-immersion parrot-interaction facility run by Kojima pet store. Like the original Chiba branch, it's a very invigorating - at times almost overwhelming - experience, especially...
Sumida Hokusai Museum: Ryogoku
This lovely museum is devoted to the work of Katsushika Hokusai, Japan's most famous ukiyoe artist, who lived and worked for most of his life here in this traditional neighborhood. The wide-ranging permanent collection ....
Keio Rail Land: Hino-shi
This inexpensive mini-theme park is an entertaining destination for young train fans who still have leftover energy after a visit to Tama Zoo, located just across the road. It's a very hands-on attraction, with several different ....