Review excerpt: When the new Atre mall opened in April outside Ebisu Station, most people’s eyes were fixed on the ground floor and the one-hour lines outside burger phenomenon Shake Shack’s eagerly awaited second Tokyo branch. But those in the know have been directing their ...

The menu isn’t extensive, but there is something for everyone, with sandwiches, tacos and fried breakfasts. The real draw is the breakfast plate, which can come with one, two or three eggs (¥1,050, you’ll get double the meat portion for this set), cooked to ...

There are dozens of pancakes available, the cream of the crop being the souffle-style Strawberry Benedict Pancake (¥1,300), which is so delicate it melts in your mouth and so moreish you’ll be missing the dish before you’ve even finished it. It is a little ...

Steaks and hot dogs are the main draw, and the “service lunch” — a 200-gram steak with the option of a big wiener on the side, combined with soup, salad, grilled eggplant, spinach, fries and bread or rice for ¥1,200 — is about the ...

At the smart, brand-new branch close to Hamacho Station, space is at a premium. The kitchen is shoehorned into the ground floor, with most of the standing room on the floor above. But the menu, chalked as always on the wall above eye level, ...

As at any izakaya, the first food you are served will be the otoshi, a starter that acts as both appetizer and obligatory table charge. Too often these are mere tidbits for a few hundred yen that you nibble and promptly forget. At Koju, ...

At this spinoff from the very excellent Sumibiyakiniku Nakahara, the patties are all made with 100 percent wagyu beef — the same quality served at the parent restaurant — using no filler, extenders or binding agents. Unusually, the meat is chopped coarsely, giving a ...

Fine ice crystals shimmer on the surface; the cloudy liquid resembles the mist in a crystal ball. The first sip is pert, relaxing into a smooth-textured mellowness that speaks of maturity approaching wisdom — the fruit of 10,000 hours of practice.

Gokan is located in an office building refurbished in the European style that flourished in the Meiji Era (1868-1912). It’s more roomy than Kitahama Retro and has a genteel doorman who wouldn’t be out of place outside a hotel on Fifth Avenue. It also ...

Review excerpt: Craft Beer Market Koenji feels less like a pub than a lounge that also serves great beer. The first thing you see on arrival is not the impressive array of taps — set into a wall of brilliant white tiles at the ...

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