Tokyo and Yokohama
Exploring great places to eat and drink
Squeezed into a bustling bar complex in front of Kawasaki Station, Rodeo House specializes in horsemeat, both raw and cooked. Although the setting is far from fancy, the quality of the food is surprisingly high, and prices are remarkably cheap. The compact menu offers multiple cuts of horse sashimi, served with freshly grated mounds of garlic and ginger. Also in the raw section of the.... [Continue reading]
This trendy ramen and tsukemen shop is outfitted with a "research laboratory" in the back where the chefs experiment with innovative techniques and combinations of ingredients. Some notable results include Mensho's richly flavored lamb tonkotsu tsukemen and their lamb-based soupless mazemen. The latter consists of thick noodles sprinkled with scallions, cilantro and strips of nori,.... [Continue reading]
Located on the second floor of a Miyagi prefectural antenna shop, this casual cafe-restaurant serves a wide variety of beef tongue dishes, a local specialty. Teishoku-style meals with oxtail soup, grilled tongue, side dishes and rice are priced at well under Y1000 at lunchtime, which conveniently runs until 5pm. Excellent spicy pickled vegetables and leaf-wrapped sweet miso come with the.... [Continue reading]
A lot of Tokyo's most congenial standing bars also tend to be rather basic in their decor, food and service, so it was a pleasant surprise to find someplace as stylish and sophisticated as Comaru that's also friendly and down-to-earth. There's a decent selection of craft sake to choose from, good sashimi and other small dishes to snack on, and helpful staff to solicit sake advice from. .... [Continue reading]
Muku is a small neighborhood izakaya serving excellent charcoal-grilled meat and fish alongside a very serviceable sake list. You can choose from around 40 different craft sakes from both large and small breweries, and there's always a page of monthly specials to explore. You'll also find a diverse shochu list if you're so inclined. The grilled-skewers portion of the menu covers.... [Continue reading]
Yuu serves elegant kappo-ryori, the more informal version of kaiseki service, offering both prix-fixe meals (from Y5,500) and a la carte. Gorgeous seasonal vegetables, sourced from small farms in Kagawa Prefecture, play a prominent part in the cuisine, and overall the ingredients used here - from the snow crab and well-marbled wagyu down to the artisanal salts - are all exemplary. Even.... [Continue reading]
Indo-style Japanese curries are the specialty here, served in a variety of styles. Bombay curry and Kashmir curry are the two most famous dishes, and for Y1500 you can compare them side by side. The Bombay curry is built around a complex mix of spices, with an intense onion-y character that's quite compelling. The Kashmir curry is several degrees hotter, with a flavor that's more.... [Continue reading]
Kinari serves first-rate charcoal-grilled chicken along with seasonal vegetables and side dishes in a comfortable, stylish dining room. Highlights from the grill include chicken wings, momo (thigh meat), plump tsukune meatballs served with raw egg, and fresh, tender asparagus. Mounds of tasty, chunky garlic miso help bring out the flavor of many of the grilled items. The nine-part.... [Continue reading]
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]
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Run by Kiuchi Brewery, the sake brewer behind the popular Hitachino Nest beer brand, this dining bar is devoted to craft spirits, craft beers and premium beef and pork from Ibaraki Prefecture. Drinks options include ten...
A stylish, cozy backstreet bar located six or seven minutes from Kawasaki Station, Tokaido Beer's taproom is a pleasant place to drop by for a freshly brewed beer or two. Brewmaster Satoshi Tanoue serves four year-round...
This branch of the very popular German bar-restaurant offers a full menu of sausages, schnitzel, risotti and pizzas. The seven taps dispense original German-style craft beers and German imports, priced from Y650 a glass,...
Run by the Craft Beer Market chain, Beer Boy is a rather basic standing bar serving ten taps of craft beer and a simple food menu. The taps are roughly split between more commonly found, budget-friendly domestic craft beers...
Housed in an oversized hut on wheels in front of a parking lot, Beer Brain is now in its third location, moving here most recently from the Commune 2nd complex just up the road. Since there's no longer an outdoor area, it...
A self-styled "craft-beer izakaya," Apart offers an impressive selection of craft beers from their eleven taps, representing breweries like Pipeworks (Chicago), Jester King (Austin), Swanlake (Niigata) and Shiga Kogen...
Where in Tokyo
Find fun things to do between meals, from our sister site Where In Tokyo.
The robotic 1960s anime star Astro Boy (known as Atom Boy in Japan) now has his first permanent Tokyo shop. Here you'll find exclusive Astro Boy merchandise, souvenirs in all price ranges, a special-event space, and a...
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,...