Area:Shinjuku

Information about things to do in Japan, restaurants, films, destinations and more.

The XLB at DTF (are you following all the lingo?) are famous for having really thin skin. It is impressive: When you pick up the delicate dumpling from its top knot with your chopsticks it sags under the weight of the meat and soup ...

Instead of attempting some misconstrued haute cuisine version of Vietnamese cooking married to French pretensions, Ishinabe concentrates on the basic foods that are already known and loved here, but renders them with uncommon delicacy and refinement.

Expect to find an equally eclectic range of quality ales, lagers, pilsen, stouts, lambics and heady Trappist brews at the new venue. There will also be a food menu with distinctly Flemish overtones, including mussels steamed in wine and their patent recipe for frites ...

Besides their excellent bakery, they have retail shelves stocked with dried pasta, olives, conserves and other delicacies, a huge array of Italian cheeses (sample their spicy Gorgonzola and swoon), as well as a hugely tempting selection of prosciutto and salami. They also sell plenty ...

It feels like a cross between an exclusive jewelry boutique, a wine cellar and a walk-in humidor. The number of customers in the shop at any one time is restricted. The temperature of the chocolate is kept at 15-18 degrees, and light and humidity ...

Istanbul, in the nighttime back streets of Shinjuku-Sanchome, is the oldest and best established, slick and a little impersonal, its decor crammed with photos and exotic baubles, making it easily accessible to first-time visitors.

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