Robbie Swinnerton

Robbie Swinnerton has been living, eating and writing about food in Tokyo for over 30 years. His column, Tokyo Food File, has run in The Japan Times since 1998.

For Robbie Swinnerton's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Five Japanese restaurants on the shortlist for new culinary award

Food & Drink Jan 26, 2019

Five Japanese restaurants on the shortlist for new culinary award

A legendary Kyoto restaurant serving kaiseki, Japan's exquisite multicourse haute cuisine. A traditional grilled-eel specialist in Tokyo with roots dating to the days of the shoguns. An irreverent fast-food joint where fish burgers rule. The newly opened offshoot of one of Scandinavia's most innovative ...

Nihonryori RyuGin: New address for a Tokyo classic

Food & Drink | TOKYO FOOD FILE Dec 15, 2018

Nihonryori RyuGin: New address for a Tokyo classic

Even in Tokyo, a city that relentlessly reinvents itself, change never comes easy, no matter how celebrated a restaurant may be. The bigger the name, the greater the expectations, and few have larger reputations than Nihonryori RyuGin. Chef Seiji Yamamoto's contemporary take on Japan's traditional ...