Chic and airy, with a floor-to-ceiling window, all-white furnishings and a lavish flower arrangement in one corner, it feels more like a quiet cafe-lounge than a noodle joint. There’s even a glass-topped miniature Zen rock garden running the length of the (all-white of course) ...

Eating at the Marunouchi Ozao branch of Belgian patisserie Debailleul is like falling in love. You can’t get the treat off your mind and the silly grin off your face.

Marumo styles itself as a Japanese “bowl cafe” serving Japanese “soul food.” It’s definitely a bowl cafe: The teishoku (lunch sets) include bibimbap, doria, donburi, om-rice — standard and simple. The bowls are big enough to wash a newborn baby in. Marumo also has ...

There are a handful of other branches of What’s dotted around Kansai: What’s the Kitchen in Gion, two What’s butchers and What’s the Store in Shiga. This What’s is mid-priced; in Gion it’s expensive. What’s the story with the name? Although I asked, I ...

The slogan of this retro-styled cafe is terse: pasta and cakes. There’s actually more of the former on the menu than the latter. I went with carrot cake covered in crushed almonds and topped by a tiny little carrot made of sugar. Sweet and ...

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