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Dasenka is a cozy, charmingly quirky basement restaurant that serves excellent Czech and Eastern European fare. You can feast on stick-to-your-ribs dishes like Moravsky Brabec (slightly fatty Moravian-style roast pork), Bigos (Polish "Hunter's Stew"), Bramborak potato pancakes, and Smazeny Kvetak (cheese-stuffed cauliflower fritters) - all of them highly recommended. Pickled mushrooms,.... [Continue reading]
A proud member of the ever-growing Moto group of sake-tasting bars, Sobamae offers a well-curated list of craft sake, with plenty of seasonal, limited-edition specials. And for your dining pleasure, the kitchen specializes in tempura - we enjoyed some nicely prepared hamo eel and corn-onion kakiage during an early-summer visit - along with soba, sashimi and small sake-drinking.... [Continue reading]
If you're familiar with the 440 Broadway Tex-Mex food truck usually parked outside National Azabu supermarket in Hiroo, this is the first non-vehicular venue run by the same management. They're open all day long, with both in-store seating and take-out service, offering burritos and bowls, quesadillas and nachos, and tacos made with white-corn tortillas. Burritos and burrito bowls are.... [Continue reading]
While it may look like any of hundreds of other late-night, super-cheap izakayas, Rocky Kanai serves surprisingly good food at very budget-friendly prices. Tender, fatty charcoal-grilled "black pork" served with yuzu-kosho is a specialty of the house and is a perfect drinking snack. Other menu highlights are the grilled beef tongue and the cilantro-smothered pork dumplings, and even.... [Continue reading]
While prefectural antenna shops are quite common in Tokyo, there are also smaller shops that specialize in local foods and crafts from individual cities. Kyushu's Kurume City, in southern Fukuoka Prefecture, is home to numerous sake breweries, and this two-story shop carries sake from seventeen local breweries along with shochu, wine, beer, food products and crafts. Some local food.... [Continue reading]
This Orange County-based Cali-Mex eatery specializes in fish tacos, but they also serve a range of burritos, salads and bowls. The "wet burrito" (Y890-1050) is a pleasingly hefty regular burrito, stuffed with a very simple filling of mostly meat and shredded lettuce and topped with melted cheese and spicy red and green sauces. The green sauce - a cilantro-mayonnaise infusion - is.... [Continue reading]
More than forty craft sakes from small breweries around the country are offered here for your delectation, with most priced at around Y500-700 per 90ml serving. The food menu offers appetizing sake-pairing options like grilled dried fish (himono), seasonal vegetable tempura and numerous duck dishes. Nagi bill themselves as a sake and soba restaurant, and in addition to the typical.... [Continue reading]
Bak kut teh (literally "pork bone tea") is a popular Singaporean dish made by simmering pork ribs in a broth flavored with fragrant peppercorns, garlic chunks and Chinese medicinal herbs. It's the tasty specialty of the house here at this cheerful basement dining spot, where they also serve soup curry and a number of other budget-friendly Singaporean dishes. A bowl of ribs in broth.... [Continue reading]
If you've never experienced the pleasures of a real Swedish smorgasbord, this is the place to indulge your curiosity. Stockholm has been going strong since 1971, spending the first 30 years or so in the Sweden Center in Roppongi and now conveniently located just above Akasaka-Mitsuke station.

The smorgasbord here is awe-inspiring, so come with a good appetite - after all these.... [Continue reading]
My Curry offers its own distinctively appealing versions of European-style beef curries, pork cutlet curries, fried-rice omelette curries and Indo-Japanese butter-chicken curries. It's easy to customize your meal based on topping ingredients, spiciness, and portion sizes - so much so that the numerous choices can be bewildering to a first-time diner. Optional toppings include.... [Continue reading]
This well-stocked liquor store might be the best part of the 200-seat Sumida Food Hall inside Kinshicho Parco. Unlike the limited drinks selections at most food courts, here you can choose from a dozen differerent sake by the glass (including premium labels like Aramasa), plus imported and domestic wines, shochu, whiskey, craft spirits and cocktails. If you want something to nibble on.... [Continue reading]
The lunchtime buffet here offers a relatively wide assortment of down-home Thai standards, and is a great deal at just Y1200. A typical spread might include soup and two curries, several stir-fries, fried chicken and other main dishes, plus salads, fried rice, jasmine rice and rice noodles. There are also numerous teas and juices, and tapioca for dessert. The food here is all.... [Continue reading]

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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...
Small in scale and stylishly appointed, this charming little drinking spot has a more comfortable, intimate feel than many of the larger beer bars in this part of town. Ten taps of domestic craft beers are supplemented by a...
Craft Beer Tap carries a selection of mostly German, Czech and Belgian beers on tap along with some unusual craft beers from the US and a substantial bottled selection. They're worth knowing about for their late-night hours...
The Delirium Cafe chain of Belgian beer bars imports their own beers, and this central-Akihabara branch showcases brews from De Dolle Brouwers in Essen, Belgium. There are ten beers on tap as well as a huge assortment of...
Run by German beer importer Zato Trading, this spacious beer hall offers traditional German fare and five draft beers from Hofbrau Munchen brewery in Munich. The two dining areas seem to be optimized for after-work beer...
Hot dogs at the ballpark are always a winning combination, so this Tokyo Dome mini-branch of the popular German bar-restaurant serves up German hot dogs in novel variations like Pizza Genovese and Cheese-Mushroom. The...

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The popular twentieth-century writer Fumiko Hayashi (1903-1951) was best known for her autobiographical novel "Vagabond's Song" and "Floating Clouds." Her tastefully appointed home, where she lived with her husband (the...
Japanese printmaker Yozo Hamaguchi (1909-2000) was perhaps the most renowned mezzotint artist of the twentieth century. This small private museum exhibits sixty of his works, and has frequent shows devoted to the work of...
From the early 1700s up until 1962, when the Port of Tokyo began major redevelopment work, the shoreline in this area was the source of some of Japan's finest nori. There are still a number of nori wholesalers located here,...
One of the few museums in the world dedicated exclusively to printmaking, this spacious and well-curated museum has amassed a collection of some 30,000 prints from around the world, some dating back to the eighth century....
After a three-year hiatus for renovation work, Tokyo's premier contemporary-art museum finally reopened in March 2019, incidentally giving a boost to the handful of small independent galleries that have gathered in the...
Setting themselves apart from the other cat-focused gift shops in Yanaka, Neko Action sells original artwork and cat-themed craft items such as ceramic figurines, t-shirts and nihonga-style painted stones. There are also...

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