ici

Review excerpt: At just ¥5,800 for five courses — plus a dainty appetizer with your aperitif and a small patisserie alongside your coffee at the end — ici’s menu is priced at bistro levels. But owner-chef Shuichiro Iwata’s cooking reflects the two years he ...

Suzuran

The basic ramen — ask for chūka-men — is a fine, delicate noodle bathed in an almost clear broth lightly seasoned with shoyu and served in stylish wide white bowls. Ditto with the chunkier tsukemen dipping noodles. The dip, also shoyu-based, is lighter now, ...

Afuri does wafu ramen for the new generation who prefer quality, flavor and a certain finesse. The broth is light, made with dashi stock and spring water from Tanzawa. The noodles are adorned with thick slices of juicy cha-shu pork that are grilled to order ...

Le Bar a Vin 52

Review excerpt: When the new Atre mall opened in April outside Ebisu Station, most people’s eyes were fixed on the ground floor and the one-hour lines outside burger phenomenon Shake Shack’s eagerly awaited second Tokyo branch. But those in the know have been directing their ...

Hugo Desnoyer

Review excerpt: There’s a curious ritual that just about everyone follows before settling into dinner at Hugo Desnoyer. Once you’ve been shown to your seat upstairs and ordered drinks, you are encouraged to meet your main course. Half of the counter in front of the ...

Cafe Park

Review excerpt: Cafe Park is a five-minute walk from Ebisu Station. Located next to Ebisu Park — a reasonably large neighborhood park by Tokyo standards, with slides, swings and a jungle gym — Cafe Park is the perfect spot to pop in for a ...

Il Boccalone

Located just three minutes from Ebisu station, Il Boccalone is a well-established Italian restaurant that has been providing authentic traditional Italian cuisine since 1989. The staff greets diners entering the restaurant with warm greetings, while the Italian-themed decor transports them straight to Italy. Il Boccalone’s dishes ...

The Israeli owner turns out tasty versions of such classics as falafel, hummus, baba ganoush and matbucha (stewed tomatoes and peppers), mixing imported seasonings with locally sourced veggies.

Osteria Beverino

From outside, Beverino looks classier than you might expect on the drab stretch of Meiji-dori between Ebisu and Shibuya. But the wine list immediately reassures, offering a score of bottles at ¥2,800, a dozen at ¥600 per glass, and plenty more in higher price ...