Mensho

Ramen is no longer just ramen. Japan's favorite noodle is changing in front of our eyes, evolving into new forms that have little in common with the classic soul-food bowls of the past. Some bemoan this as the end of an era. Others call it ...

Kousai

If you like seafood, you'll love Toyama Bay. And nothing symbolizes its bounty better than hotaru-ika, the firefly squid that rise in huge shoals from the depths of these fertile waters emitting the mysterious glow that gives them their name. In spring, these tiny squid ...

Sushi Jin

Toyama Bay boasts some of the very best seafood in Japan. Thanks to its unique geology — it's one of the deepest bays in the country and is fed with snowmelt flowing directly from some of Japan's highest peaks — it is home to ...

Takazawa 180

Tokyo's newest major retail emporium, Ginza Six, opened on Ginza's main thoroughfare last month with hype and hoopla to match its massive scale. It's primarily a vehicle for luxury brands, offering plenty of sparkle but little in the way of atmosphere. Sadly, the same ...

Al Camino

Pizza's time has truly arrived. There are plenty of places where the pizza is more like a first cousin of that fried batter staple, okonomiyaki, meaning smothered in mayonnaise — but the true Neapolitan masterpiece also has a following here. If you're in Kyoto, ...

Shimme

As much as I love eating out in restaurants that run the gamut from high class to low, from holes in the wall, to all-you-can-eat, my heart — or is it my stomach — sings most when I'm in a good, solid izakaya (Japanese ...

Sandwich Factory

Using the word factory to describe a restaurant lends a sort of industrial, rugged feeling. You're ready for something heavy duty. Imagine my surprise then, when I visited Sandwich Factory, which looks and feels more like an English tea room crossed with a cafe you ...

Soryuko

The menu at Soryuko, a popular Chinese restaurant in Tenma, runs to roughly about 200 items, bound together in a large laminated volume. Narrowing this down to a few choices can be dizzying, but here's a hack that will help: put down the menu ...

Path

It's not hard for a restaurant to generate buzz. All it takes is a strong design, cool music — on vinyl, of course — and some hot PR. But to maintain that level of vibrancy, it needs to be good. It also helps if ...

Umami Burger

Umami is hardly a foreign concept in Japan. After all, this is the land where the so-called fifth taste was isolated, named and promptly marketed to the outside world. Now, it's come full circle: Umami Burger has touched down in Aoyama, bringing the premium product ...