Tokyo has seen more and more restaurants recently open with the express purpose of offering casual, light bites, rather than elaborate full-course meals. Close to home is fine, as long as we can nibble and graze, ordering a dish or two at a time, and interspersing food with drink and conversation till late into the night.

And in the furnace of a Tokyo summer, who wants to travel somewhere fancy for a heavy meal anyway?

Kitchen Nakamura is one of those hip, quietly stylish places so tucked away from sight you'd never find it unaided. Mere minutes from Omotesando subway station, in the basement of the swish La Porte Aoyama building, this unobtrusive oasis of late-night dining is still much of an insiders' secret.