Shonzui: Aging like a fine wine bar

| Dec 31, 2013

Shonzui: Aging like a fine wine bar

New is good; but sometimes a favorite old place is even better, especially when it comes to relaxing over a nice bottle. Shonzui is one of Tokyo’s oldest specialist wine bar/diners, and it’s still one of the best. While the rest of Roppongi has ...

Favorite finds from 2013's Food File

| Dec 26, 2013

Favorite finds from 2013's Food File

As 2013 draws to a well-replete coda, there’s just enough time to stop, pause and ponder the culinary highlights of the past 12 months. Tokyo has never been better for eating out, and this year has brought a further glut of excellent restaurants at ...

Quality rises above the menu scandals

| Nov 28, 2013

Quality rises above the menu scandals

Since the first Tokyo Michelin guide was published in autumn of 2007, the unveiling of each new edition has become one of the major events of the gastronomic calendar. Despite the initial indignation that a foreign tire company could dare to judge Japanese restaurants, ...

Sweet new fad pops up in Omohara

| Oct 31, 2013

Sweet new fad pops up in Omohara

Want to know what’s new and hot in the sweets world? Just head to “Omohara,” the district where the youth fashion of Harajuku intersects with the high-end consumer culture of Omotesando. You can spot the trends from a block away: Just look for the ...

A modern twist to traditional snacks

| Oct 3, 2013

A modern twist to traditional snacks

Nowhere is the intersection of Japanese food culture and style more obvious than in the genteel, refined world of wagashi. For centuries, Japanese confectioners, especially those associated with Kyoto and the rituals of the tea ceremony, have produced sweets of astounding intricacy and beauty. ...