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:

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 ...

Wana Tedome: Partake in a feast on the wild side

Food & Drink | TOKYO FOOD FILE Dec 1, 2018

Wana Tedome: Partake in a feast on the wild side

Wana Tedome doesn't mess with any ordinary meat. "Deer, not cow. Boar, not pig," the illuminated street-level sign outside proclaims in Japanese. "Grilled venison, grilled boar and grilled pheasant." Welcome to where the wild things are. To emphasize the point, that same sign shows a stag's ...