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 ...

From the start, the emphasis was on roasting beans as much as serving lattes, and Amp has steadily sloughed off its cafe trappings ever since. The small tables that used to sit next to the entrance have long gone, and last month an extensive ...

Review excerpt: There’s a curious ritual that just about everyone follows before settling into dinner at Hugo Desnoyer. Once you’ve been shown to your seat upstairs and ordered drinks, you are encouraged to meet your main course. Half of the counter in front of the ...

Just as it’s hamburgers are a little different at Sept Bistro, so is it’s culinary identity. There may be checkered table cloths here, but this is a restaurant that doesn’t flaunt its “Frenchness” — there is no accordion music or Left Bank memorabilia. Instead ...

There’s some flashy equipment behind the counter at the Nishi-Azabu branch of Maruyama Coffee, but the method of choice here is the humble cafetiere. As barista Seiya Yamashiro explains, the shop favors French presses for the same reason it uses metal filters in its ...

Fall, with its gloriously sunny yet not-too-hot weather is a wonderful time to take advantage of all this establishment has to offer in the way of truly stress-free dining with children. The surprisingly large fake beach is equipped with swings, sand toys and a ...

Over the past five years, Weekenders Coffee has transformed from a conventional sit-down cafe into a dedicated roastery. In 2011, owner Masahiro Kaneko removed all the window seats to make room for a Probat roaster, drawing a few grumbles from customers who liked to ...

This excellent little hole-in-the-wall also doubles as a stand-up/take-out coffee counter. Barista Keitaro Suzuki is an alumnus of Shibuya’s highly rated Streamer Coffee and makes a mean flat white. But it’s the range of premium sandwiches that really makes Camelback such a welcome addition ...

Even though it’s called Garage, this eatery is probably better described as a shack. On weekdays, during lunch and after work, the clientele is mostly drawn from the surrounding offices, but on weekends the crowd is not as uniform. A small open-air courtyard where ...

Review excerpt: Cafe Park is a five-minute walk from Ebisu Station. Located next to Ebisu Park — a reasonably large neighborhood park by Tokyo standards, with slides, swings and a jungle gym — Cafe Park is the perfect spot to pop in for a ...

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