Review excerpt: The shared Noma DNA at Inua shines through in the complexity and juxtaposition of flavors, the floral garnish and the unorthodox accents of fermentation.

Review excerpt: Kyoto's Assemblages Kakimoto is a small alcove with pastries and an extensive selection of handmade chocolates with flavors such as vanilla, myōga ginger and rosemary.

Review excerpt: For ¥3,000 an hour, you get your own place at BBQPit, the use of a Weber grill and a sturdy awning to keep off the sun.

Review excerpt: Bees Bar by Narisawa — the name is a nod to Narisawa’s logo — is the ideal bar as a place to limber up with aperitifs or close out an extended meal with a few postprandials.

Review excerpt: At its core, By Twotone is a bakery and cafe slotted into a narrow space that has the deliberate emptiness of a gallery.

Review excerpt: Critters Burger is home to the best burgers in Osaka. Tabelog, the restaurant listings website, had Critters in its top 100 burger shacks in Japan for 2017.

Review excerpt: The cooking at The Blind Donkey is light, colorful and uncomplicated, relying not on the artifice of tweezers or an arsenal of fermented taste enhancers, but the quality of the ingredients.

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