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:

Shinagawa Station's great wall of sake

| May 1, 2015

Shinagawa Station's great wall of sake

Finding a new favorite izakaya tavern is always cause for celebration, especially if it happens to be on your way home. Better yet, if it offers good food and a great sake selection. Nurukan Sato Gotenyama Saryo ticks all of those boxes — just ...

Ineffable dining in Kyoto

Apr 10, 2015

Ineffable dining in Kyoto

Spring is here, and Kyoto is calling us. The old capital is ablaze with blossom, fresh foliage and the exhilaration that winter is over. This is a magical time of year — not just for sightseeing, but for eating out, too, with all the ...

'Brave and exciting dining' at Florilege

| Apr 3, 2015

'Brave and exciting dining' at Florilege

Spring brings new beginnings. It also ushers in restaurant openings galore. This year, few are likely to be as radical and impressive as the rebirth and reinvention of Florilege. For the past five years, the creative modern-French cuisine of owner-chef Hiroyasu Kawate has been ...

Takazawa adds Akasaka bar to his name

| Mar 3, 2015

Takazawa adds Akasaka bar to his name

Great news: Chef Yoshiaki Takazawa has opened a bar. This is fantastic for all those who know the beautiful bijou, high-end restaurant in Akasaka that bears his name. Revered by visiting gourmets, it is one of the hardest tables in town to book. Now, ...