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:

Torikado: Elevating yakitori to an art form

| Apr 1, 2017

Torikado: Elevating yakitori to an art form

Tokyo has no shortage of yakitori restaurants. They range from funky, smoky hole-in-the-wall grills to elegant emporia serving prime skewers of the finest fowl. But there's nowhere quite like Torikado. At the bottom of an anonymous flight of stairs, you push through a heavy wooden ...

Matt Goulding's 'Rice, Noodle, Fish' makes Japanese-language debut

Feb 3, 2017

Matt Goulding's 'Rice, Noodle, Fish' makes Japanese-language debut

It's well past midnight on a frigid winter's evening and the back streets are emptying fast in Namba, Osaka's effervescent, neon-lit entertainment district. But behind the unprepossessing door of Teppanyaro, the party is only just getting going. Flagons of chilled lager are quaffed and replenished, ...