Just what Tokyo needs — another Asian-themed dining bar that features exotic interior flourishes and caters to the youthful Ginza office crowd. But hold the all-knowing, world-weary sarcasm. In the case of Lime, it’s unfair and quite uncalled for.

Unlike the proliferation of generic ethnic izakaya that have opened in the last few years, Lime eschews both overblown theatrics (giant Buddhas, massive floor space) and faux-casual hipness (aloha shirts, Thai trinkets, beach-hut palm fronds) in favor of a more intimate, contemporary look. And instead of rehashing the usual Chinese-Thai-Vietnamese foods, Lime looks to Bali for inspiration — a decision that we can only applaud, since Indonesian food is so woefully overlooked and under-represented here in Tokyo.

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