Pizza Studio Tamaki

Tokyo's best new pizzeria is not hard to find. Just a brief stroll from Akabanebashi Station, it faces out onto a quiet open space ringed with trees. You can't miss it: the neon glowing over the door proclaims "Pizza" and, in smaller letters, the ...

Another8

Another month, another new craft beer bar throws open its doors in Tokyo. The spread of microbrewed saisons, porters and hopped-up IPAs is inexorable and highly welcome — especially when the venue is as attractive and welcoming as Another8. Instead of following the standard American ...

Da Yuki

Da Yuki is an authentic, bijou Neapolitan pizzeria opened 10 years ago by Yuki Kamada, who, like many Japanese, is not prone to doing things in half measures. After graduating from cooking school he traded Kyoto for Napoli and spent a few years working in ...

Taihou

Taihou is the kind of place where everybody gets to know your name. On a recent visit for Sunday lunch I stayed well past last orders, past dessert, past an impromptu cheese course, only leaving before chef Kouki Watanabe and his staff sat down ...

Sanagi Shinjuku

Time was when dining out under Tokyo's train tracks and expressways meant slumming it with dodgy yakitori and rotgut sake. These days the arches are gentrifying fast — just look at Sanagi Shinjuku. Squeezed in under the Koshu Kaido overpass just a short stroll from ...

Ryo

Specialist unagi restaurants generally fall into two categories. Most follow tradition, evoking the old days when grilled freshwater eel was a humble food of the masses. Others adopt a more sophisticated, formal approach for their eel cuisine. But Ryo boasts a style very much ...

Sumiba Yakitori Enza

It's not quite cinema-dark inside Enza, but it's not far off. Indeed, the cinema connection is apposite: In many ways Enza is as much about yakitori as it is about icons of American cinema. Framed movie posters line the walls, but the best room in ...

Kunsei Lover Fumo

At Kunsei Lover Fumo, smoking — of the food, that is — is so desirable that it appears twice in the name of the restaurant, first in Japanese (kunsei) and then in Italian (fumo). The lover part should be self-explanatory. Just about everything on the menu ...

The Good Vibes

Home-made pastrami. Espresso BBQ Pork. Crispy fried chicken. Three great reasons for making a detour — or even a special trip — to the back streets of Taito Ward. These are the stars of the show at The Good Vibes, an excellent new sandwich specialist ...

Mimosa

When a restaurant is so popular you have to reserve as much as a month in advance, there's always a concern it may not live up to all the anticipation. But no need to worry at Mimosa, when you (eventually) get to your table ...