Isaribi is the original (opened in 1973) of a small chain of robatayakis (country-style grill) that focus on seafood. If you can grab a seat at the low counters that fan out around the cooks, you can watch your meal being flame grilled before ...

Cafe Annteana seems to have a more-the-merrier attitude toward kids. The cafe manages to be long on style while meeting the practical needs of parents with children. It’s shabby chic — down to the last detail — with whitewashed walls, chandeliers, elegant-yet-unbreakable glassware, plush ...

Kitashinchi really only comes alive at night, but some restaurants there still do great lunch deals. Matsumoto stands out among them. The lunch menu is comprehensive, starting at ¥1,600 for a basic dish and hitting ¥5,300 for a mini course, which is what I ...

There is precedence in Japan for creature-themed cafes: cats, dogs, rabbits and now owls. Waiting in line at Osaka’s Owl Cafe I felt like I stood out. To make matters worse, everybody else was either on dates or with best friends — I came ...

In terms of the taste, though, the Colombian brew has a slightly sweet note running through it; the German blend is portly. The breakfast set, which is served until 11 a.m., is filling and includes coffee. On a recent visit I had a crustless ...

Simple U.S.-style comfort food is the name of the game. At lunchtime, there are set meals of soup, salad, sandwiches or pasta. At dinner, the dishes are more substantial.

Perhaps it is the Japanese influence, but the food here does not suffer from the heavy sauces and overly rich flavors that can at times beleaguer French cuisine. Ai to Ibukuro offers a true culinary experience for the entire family, and will have baby ...

Ore Beate’s focus is on Italian home cooking and, naturally, pasta dishes feature prominently, including staples such as bucatini all’amatriciana, tagliatelle, spaghetti and other classic home-cooked dishes such as risotto and gnocchi.

Garb Monaque, a cafe, bar and restaurant, occupies a funky building — think of a birdcage that’s been twisted at both ends — between Osaka Station and Grand Front Osaka, two playgrounds devoted to conspicuous consumption.

Craft Beer Base, a hole-in-the-wall pub, opened last year and is a short hike west of Umeda. Downstairs, it’s a tachinomiya (standing bar), while upstairs has seating. On a recent midweek visit, what the pub lacked for in atmosphere — it was more library ...

At the Kyoto cafe (there are 12 outlets spread around the country), you are greeted by a selection of cakes inside a museum-like glass vestibule. And like a star attraction, it draws crowds (mostly, of “cooing” girls). You pick first, then order, then wait. ...

What it lacks in views, The Dome makes up for in toys and a play area for children, ingeniously placed in the center of the dining area. Frequent users of child-friendly restaurants, such as yours truly, likely know that play areas are usually put ...

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