Sakurai Japanese Tea Experience

Review excerpt: Before opening Sakurai Japanese Tea Experience, owner Shinya Sakurai worked at the wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets) store Higashiya, an experience that he brings to the bar by pairing brews with sweets. For the summer, Shinya has also borrowed a vintage kakigori (shaved ...

Have More Curry

Not getting enough healthy veggies in your diet? There's a very simple answer: Have More Curry. That's not just a suggestion, it's the brilliantly eccentric name for the excellent little basement diner that opened close to Omotesando last autumn by Yohei Matsuzaki. His approach is ...

Gyoza Bar Comme a Paris

Recently Tokyo has developed a big appetite for gyōza dumplings. These little pan-fried packages of meaty, garlicky goodness are no longer just a lowly dim-sum starter or a ramen shop side-order to help the beer down while you wait for your noodles. They now ...

Musashino

It is not so unusual to find soba specialists that offer a good selection of other dishes. But Musashino does it the other way around. This small but fully fledged ryōriya (traditional restaurant) offers multicourse kaiseki meals, based around premium wagyu beef shabu-shabu hot ...

Restaurant 8ablish

I've been dreaming of a place that serves mouth-watering vegan food, with creations so divinely tasty, that whether you eat meat or not is inconsequential. A place where those unaccustomed to vegan food won't feel they're limiting themselves because there would be no sense ...

Gong Cha

Since being established in Taipei in 2006, the number of Gong Cha chain stores has gradually increased to over 1,000 and now extends to more than 10 countries. In September, the tea shop launched its latest shop in the Harajuku/Omotesando area.

& ecle

"Coulicious." It's an unlikely, unwieldy name for a signature dish — but not half as improbable as that of the restaurant itself: & ecle. How can you possibly take it seriously? Two good reasons: the man in charge is Olivier Rodriguez; and his food ...

L'Effervescence

The bubbly season is upon us. The illuminations and Christmas music have been with us for weeks already, but now we're into December, it's high time to think about where to uncork a quiet commemorative bottle or two. Somewhere special and secluded, with plush ...

L'As

It is always a pleasure to discover a great new restaurant — and even more so when "new" means a lot more than just "recently opened." L'As is a small place with a young crew and a location that is easy to overlook. But ...

Cicada

Readers of this column over the past seven years will be well aware of our abiding love of the food and wine of the western Mediterranean. Anyone who has eaten his or her way around Spain will understand. From the seafood of Galicia and ...