Review excerpt: At just ¥5,800 for five courses — plus a dainty appetizer with your aperitif and a small patisserie alongside your coffee at the end — ici’s menu is priced at bistro levels. But owner-chef Shuichiro Iwata’s cooking reflects the two years he ...

Afuri does wafu ramen for the new generation who prefer quality, flavor and a certain finesse. The broth is light, made with dashi stock and spring water from Tanzawa. The noodles are adorned with thick slices of juicy cha-shu pork that are grilled to order ...

Review excerpt: When the new Atre mall opened in April outside Ebisu Station, most people’s eyes were fixed on the ground floor and the one-hour lines outside burger phenomenon Shake Shack’s eagerly awaited second Tokyo branch. But those in the know have been directing their ...

Located just three minutes from Ebisu station, Il Boccalone is a well-established Italian restaurant that has been providing authentic traditional Italian cuisine since 1989. The staff greets diners entering the restaurant with warm greetings, while the Italian-themed decor transports them straight to Italy. Il Boccalone’s dishes ...

Review excerpt: There’s a curious ritual that just about everyone follows before settling into dinner at Hugo Desnoyer. Once you’ve been shown to your seat upstairs and ordered drinks, you are encouraged to meet your main course. Half of the counter in front of the ...

Review excerpt: Cafe Park is a five-minute walk from Ebisu Station. Located next to Ebisu Park — a reasonably large neighborhood park by Tokyo standards, with slides, swings and a jungle gym — Cafe Park is the perfect spot to pop in for a ...

From outside, Beverino looks classier than you might expect on the drab stretch of Meiji-dori between Ebisu and Shibuya. But the wine list immediately reassures, offering a score of bottles at ¥2,800, a dozen at ¥600 per glass, and plenty more in higher price ...

Located on the top floor of The Westin Tokyo, boasting an elegant, yet lively atmosphere, the teppanyaki (iron grill cooking) restaurant Yebisu is offering a Teppan Kaiseki (traditional Japanese cuisine) Course, giving guests a dinner experience of prestigious Yebisu beef and Mikohara rice. Mikohara rice ...

If you are sitting at the counter that overlooks the cramped, bustling open kitchen, you will notice that the xiaolongbao (steamed soup dumplings) are all made fresh to order. So are the long, cigar-like spring rolls, which are stuffed with shrimp, scallop and squid, ...

The basic ramen — ask for chūka-men — is a fine, delicate noodle bathed in an almost clear broth lightly seasoned with shoyu and served in stylish wide white bowls. Ditto with the chunkier tsukemen dipping noodles. The dip, also shoyu-based, is lighter now, ...

Such a tranquil, atmospheric setting calls for food and drink to match. Bissori doesn't disappoint. It serves Korean cuisine -- not brash barbecues of yakiniku or dainty up-market dishes but straightforward home cooking with a light, healthy focus.

Unlike the less salubrious drinking alleys around the city that go by the "yokocho" epithet (Shonben Yokocho on the north side of Shinjuku Station immediately springs to mind), this one is entirely respectable. From the tall white lantern that marks the entrance and the ...

Owner-chef Toshiyuki Ibayashi lived for over a year in Jamaica, and he has re-created the easygoing ambience and robust cooking of the roadside eateries found across the island. He's also brought back with him a dynamite recipe for jerk chicken, the spicy barbecue that ...

Chicken is the be-all and end-all at Imaiya -- not any old poultry, of course, but top quality Hinai jidori. Small fowl with handsome orange plumage, these birds are raised in happy, healthy, free-range conditions in Akita Prefecture, and you can certainly taste the ...

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