Hayashi

The ticket machine at the door to Hayashi looks more like a Zen riddle than a method of ordering noodles. The columns and rows of buttons stand empty and blank, mocking all illusion of choice: egg or no egg; standard or extra grilled pork (options ...

Los Barbados

From African chicken to Zanzibar pizza, the menu at Los Barbados runs the full gamut of eclectic. Push through the door of this eight-seat diner and you're in a parallel continent where Tokyo meets Kinshasa, with lashings of Middle Eastern flavors, too. Daisuke Uekawa, who ...

Ata

For a self-proclaimed seafood bistro, Ata covers a lot of territory — much like its dynamic owner-chef Satoshi Kakegawa has done in his short career.

Tempu

Tempu is in no way a destination restaurant. It's a six-minute schlep beside the tracks from JR Shibuya Station, and when you arrive all you'll find is a cluttered hole-in-the-wall that fits eight at a pinch, all standing. But it's this funky setting that ...

Kotaro

All anniversaries should be celebrated, and hitting the five-year mark holds a special importance. But for Kotaro Hayashi, reaching that milestone a few months back carried even more significance. That's because he opened his diminutive restaurant a scant few weeks after the massive 2011 ...

Tabela

Eleven years later, Tabela's laid-back style, funky furnishings and righteous, Middle Eastern-inflected menu feel just as comfortable as ever. Slide behind a well-patinated table or, if you’re with friends, into one of three semi-private booths modeled after European train compartments. Then start with an ...

Pignon

Guacamole and merguez sausages on the menu, salsa and bossa nova on the sound system and not a check tablecloth in sight: Pignon is a far cry from the average bistro. But then again, owner-chef Rimpei Yoshikawa is anything but a typical Tokyo French ...

Menya Nukaji

In many ways, Menya Nukaji is the archetypal artisan noodle counter. Run by a ramen enthusiast who developed his own recipes and set up with his wife, it barely seats eight people and is tucked out of sight on a quiet side street. But ...

Cafe Bleu

Maruyama-cho is one of the least-known corners of Shibuya. A generation ago, it was more famous for its "short-stay" hotels and carousing salarymen's sake bars than its dining options. While those pleasures are still available, today the neighborhood attracts a rather more varied — ...