I thought I missed hummus. By which I mean: I missed being able to pick up a tub at the supermarket. But to hear an Israeli acquaintance talk of it is to learn that there is so much more to miss. "Eating hummus reminds me ...

Osteria Beverino

It's an old complaint, but Tokyo really doesn't have enough good, easy-going wine bars. Not enough that serve dozens of wines at prices anyone can afford, with quality food and the kind of unpretentious atmosphere that makes you feel comfortable hanging out all evening. ...

Yebis (The Westin Tokyo)

Located on the top floor of The Westin Tokyo, boasting an elegant, yet lively atmosphere, the teppanyaki (iron grill cooking) restaurant Yebisu is offering a Teppan Kaiseki (traditional Japanese cuisine) Course, giving guests a dinner experience of prestigious Yebisu beef and Mikohara rice. Mikohara rice ...

Masa's Kitchen 47

Gleaming white tableware, understated decor and not a single dragon or red lantern in sight: Masa's Kitchen 47 boldly defies the stereotype for Chinese restaurants in Tokyo. Which is just as it should be. So does the food. Owner-chef Masahito Namazue doesn't turn out the ...

Ebisu Imaiya Saryou

A brave new Year of the Rooster has dawned -- so what better way to celebrate it than by eating one? On such auspicious occasions as this, naturally, only the finest fowl will do -- and it's hard to find any that taste better ...

Suzuran

Suzuran has moved. After over a decade building up a large and loyal following, Shibuya's classiest ramen shop has shuttered its old wood-clad premises behind the police station and found itself a smart new home — down the road in Ebisu. Following a soft launch ...

Fish House Oyster Bar East

First the sad news: One of Ebisu's finest, friendliest little French restaurants has upped and moved to the far side of town. Now the silver lining: Those selfsame pint-sized premises have reincarnated as a branch of Ebisu's finest, friendliest oyster emporium. Just six weeks ...

Bissori

Even among the architectural mishmash of Tokyo's jumbled backstreets, Bissori stands out. The two-story facade is sheer, rough-plastered, almost windowless. Creepers and bamboo obscure the few small square portholes. It's intriguing, enigmatic. Inside, though, is even more remarkable. Entering the narrow arched postern, you pass ...

Ebisu Yokocho

Times are tough, money's too tight to mention, the recession is biting and credit is crunching. Red ink is the new black. Doom-and-gloom mongering is back in vogue. But just because we're reining in the spending and hauling in our belts a few notches doesn't ...

Aalawi

We'd been planning on a little beach action last weekend, but the weather weirdness put paid to that notion. No monsoon moping for us, though: We struggled through the deluge down to Aalawi, a laid-back corner of Ebisu that is forever Caribbean. Our feet were ...