Saru: Fresh ingredients take center stage at bistro

| Mar 18, 2014

Saru: Fresh ingredients take center stage at bistro

The little enclave underneath the expressway flyover at the intersection of Shirokane and Ebisu has always attracted an interesting and idiosyncratic selection of restaurants. Saru fits in there perfectly. The concept is as straightforward as the rustic wooden furniture. Saru calls itself a “fresh ...

Ajisen: Seasonal seafood and more in Tsukishima

| Mar 18, 2014

Ajisen: Seasonal seafood and more in Tsukishima

There are many reasons for heading across the Sumida River to Tsukishima. Most of them involve monja, those griddle-splattered, dogs-dinner “pancakes” that are Tokyo’s unconvincing answer to the okonomiyaki of western Japan. The one blessed anomaly is Ajisen. It’s not the sole izakaya (dining ...