Much of Hantei's claim to fame rests on the wonderful old building in which it is housed. Quite simply, it's a classic -- an immaculately preserved three-storied, turn-of-the-last-century town house, all jutting wooden beams and balconies. Its proud frontage is remarkable, even for the ...

R. Not only does this basement hideaway in the back streets of Ebisu serve up quality ryori in the Kyoto style seven evenings a week, it manages to do so at reasonable prices and with absolutely no standing on ceremony. You can tell from ...

Galali neatly straddles the divide between the traditional izakaya and the modern dining bar. But the architecture and menu are unmistakably Japanese.

This place is lively, but also roomy and comfortable compared with many of Tokyo's hole-in-the-wall kushiage joints. Dengana also has an unusually long list of vegetarian items -- I counted at least 16 options -- including one that's a bit of a rare find: ...

HaruKor aims to re-create a cozy cise (traditional Ainu thatched house), decorated with wooden carvings, weaving and embroidery.

I took one sip and was immediately comforted: Chabuton doesn't seem to be trying to imitate a meat-based broth at all, as I'd half expected, since this is a meat-centric restaurant. Instead, it has created an honest, decent vegetable soup as a base, almost ...

Whether you dig the earth-friendly vibe or not, the ramen is to die for. The "plain" tantan ramen is anything but plain. The broth is made from peanuts and sesame and has a uniquely delicious nutty flavor as a result.

He keeps a bucket of live eels under his kitchen floorboards. When an order comes in, he fishes one out, fillets and skewers it, then grills it slowly over charcoal. After steaming the fillets for five minutes or so, he dips them into his ...

The roasted ginnan (gingko nuts) is a great starter here while you look over the menu, which is available in English. Ippachi is a haven from the bustling streets of Ikebukuro, and I am always surprised there isn't a line out the door, because ...

The food here is always good, quick and fresh, and the bread-crumb coating is especially light and tasty. There are plenty of vegetarian options here, too. A noteworthy item is the giant fried asparagus, almost a meal by itself.

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