Robbie Swinnerton

Robbie Swinnerton has been living, eating and writing about food in Tokyo for over 30 years. His column, Tokyo Food File, has run in The Japan Times since 1998.

For Robbie Swinnerton's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Pignon: Bistro dining by different rules

| Sep 16, 2014

Pignon: Bistro dining by different rules

Guacamole and merguez sausages on the menu, salsa and bossa nova on the sound system and not a check tablecloth in sight: Pignon is a far cry from the average bistro. But then again, owner-chef Rimpei Yoshikawa is anything but a typical Tokyo French ...

Toriki: Yakitori made with care but no frills

| Sep 2, 2014

Toriki: Yakitori made with care but no frills

Yakitori is comfort food. No matter how high-end or low-rent the location, it’s all about the simple pleasures of chewing on grilled chicken and kicking back with a drink or a few. That’s the tried-and-true formula at Toriki. This unpretentious little place in suburban ...