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A combination antenna shop and cafe-restaurant, Rito Kitchen sell goods and serves food from remote Japanese islands - the kind of places you travel to by boat rather than car or airplane. The shop's cafe is headquarters for the "Idea Kitchen Project," which holds food events with various themes and formats. Currently they are offering dinnertime buffets featuring traditional foods,.... [Continue reading]
The mixed meat platter at Krung Siam restaurant is a thing of beauty. With hefty portions of grilled chicken, grilled pork, and two different sausages (from Thailand's northern and northeastern regions), it's big enough for three or four people to share, perhaps accompanied by a spicy salad and a few side dishes. It's certainly big enough for two hungry people to make a dent in, with.... [Continue reading]
While this is ostensibly a soba shop, most evening visitors are here for the deep-fried kushiage skewers, served with sake, shochu or beer. Skewers come in a nice range of both seafood and vegetable ingredients, and with prices starting at just Y120 they can be hard to resist. Around a dozen different sake brands are ready to enjoy, and it's worth checking out the specials menu (which.... [Continue reading]
Conveniently located in the Shimo-Kitazawa station complex, this new venture from the popular German chain Schmatz is a combination bakery, restaurant and beer bar, and they even serve breakfast. You'll find a nice selection of rye and pumpernickel breads, Danish pastries with fruit fillings, large-size pretzels and chocolate-covered croissants. Savory pastries include Gorgonzola-Walnut.... [Continue reading]
One of Tokyo's finer curry shops, Yamituki serves original-style curries with heaps of fresh seasonal vegetables and umami-rich ingredients like ripe tomatoes, cheese and coconut milk. You can choose from more than a dozen varieties, including seasonal specials, along with a huge selection of optional toppings. Uniquely among Tokyo's Yamituki outposts, this branch also prepares.... [Continue reading]
Warayaki, or straw-roasted cooking, is a technique for quickly searing ingredients like chicken and bonito at very high temperatures. It's entertaining to watch, and the straw imparts a pleasant, slightly woody aroma to the food. The warayaki chicken here is beautifully prepared, complemented by garlicky seasoning and served over a bed of vinegared raw cabbage with a hefty helping of.... [Continue reading]
Tonjiru - pork miso soup - is the main dish here and it's very tasty soup indeed. Packed with tofu and fresh vegetables (carrots, daikon, onions and leeks), it's got a pleasantly creamy consistency and wonderful depth of flavor. Soups start at Y640 a la carte or Y890 for a teishoku (soup plus rice, pickles and a small salad), and you can add in ingredients like egg, natto, pork spareribs.... [Continue reading]
Although you may occasionally run across a California roll in a Tokyo sushi shop as a novelty item, other types of American-style inside-out rolls are pretty much unheard of. That's why this small local sushi counter is such a great find - they offer American classics like Caterpillar Rolls and Volcano Rolls, deluxe items like Spider Rolls (with soft-shell crab), and oddities like chicken.... [Continue reading]
Despite the name, we didn't expect to see any actual dancing at Dancing Crab, but we were in for a surprise. The venue is a sprawling (136-seat) Singapore-based restaurant that serves Louisiana-style seafood. Their signature dish is a big bag of boiled prawns, crab parts and other seafood, which is piled onto a paper tablecloth at your table to be eaten with your hands. If you're here.... [Continue reading]
This Tokyo outpost of a popular New York restaurant serves "Brooklyn-style brunch" and some of the best, and spiciest, Bloody Marys in town. The daily brunch menu features dishes like buttermilk fried chicken, lox platters, Eggs Huntington, and scrambled eggs with mushrooms, spinach and goat cheese. It's Brooklyn in style, but strongly influenced by Southern US cuisine. [Continue reading]
Sandwiches made with freshly scrambled eggs are the specialty at this Los Angeles-based shop, with a variety of delectable creations to choose from. The Bacon, Egg and Cheese features some of the crispiest bacon you'll encounter in Tokyo, and the signature Fairfax sandwich is built on an enticing, umami-rich assemblage of caramelized onions, gooey cheddar cheese and sriracha.... [Continue reading]
This casual standing bar serves a good selection of craft sake by the glass, plus several pre-selected tasting flights to compare and contrast. The food menu is surprisingly large for this type of establishment - mostly simple stews, pickles and similar sake-friendly fare - and there's a full-size kitchen and a dedicated chef in back of the main counter area. The assorted cheeses,.... [Continue reading]

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This neighborhood craft-beer bar serves mostly imported beers on draft from twelve taps, along with a "bistro-style" food menu of small dishes. Beers are relatively exotic and diverse - on a recent visit we found brews from...
Kamikatz is run by Rise & Win Brewing Company, a craft brewery based in Tokushima Prefecture. As their official Tokyo taproom, they serve eight of the brewery's craft beers on draft, including some special seasonal brews. ...
Meaty dishes like roast chicken, pork chops and sirloin steak are at the heart of the European-centered international menu here, supplemented by pub starters like shrimp ajillo and charcuterie platters. The other main draw...
Craft beers are accompanied by an extensive Japanese food menu at this 30-seat bar-restaurant next to Kamiyacho Station. The casual menu wouldn't seem out of place in a typical Tokyo izakaya, with classic dishes like...
A spacious brewpub under the management of the Craft Beer Market group, Craftrock serves nine of their own beers and three guest craft beers. The food comes in decent-size portions for the price, but unfortunately isn't up...
Run by the popular Delirium Cafe group of Belgian beer bars, Muh offers an impressive selection of well-prepared grilled meats - premium wagyu, Iberico pork, Hungarian duck, Ezo venison and lots more. There are also...

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Visiting the Good Design Store is like a trip to a design museum, except everything here is for sale. This specialty design shop carries a diverse array of household goods, stationery supplies, toys and random products, all...
With more than 230 shops and restaurants, this is one of the biggest and fanciest outlet malls in the Tokyo area. The "park" portion of the name comes from Tsuruma Park, a newly developed facility right next to the mall. ...
Taiwan's coolest bookstore and lifestyle shop has created a unique "hub for cultural exchange" in Nihonbashi. In addition to selling books, stationery and miscellaneous goods, the shop incorporates a workshop zone with...
Filled with lush greenery, this traditional Japanese garden is known for its seasonal flower displays. According to their garden calendar, over the course of the year you can look forward to seeing cherry blossoms...
Mipig is a cafe where you can hang out with cute baby pigs. They're friendly and curious, and they wag their tails just like puppies. You can pet them when they sit in your lap and they make cute snorting noises. Really,...
A large sculpture of a fish with a human face and a bust of Frederick I on its back is a startling sight to run across when you're out for a walk. It's just one of several unusual artworks on display in the tiny park in...

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