The festive season is upon us, and 2015 beckons. But before we move on, herded into the Year of the Sheep, it's time to pause, celebrate and give thanks for the abundance of fine eating over the past 12 months.

As always, Tokyo has spawned far too many great restaurants to cram into the confines of this small column. Here are a few more that have caught the eye and tickled the palate in 2014. Not a top 10 or "best of" list, just a grab bag of places that will repay repeated visits in the year to come.

Most major developments open with a blockbuster restaurant or two inside, to draw in the extra foot traffic. Toranomon Hills' unveiling was strangely muted in that respect, but it's worth the journey just for a meal at the excellent Pirouette (1F Toranomon Hills Garden House, 1-23-3 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo; 03-6206-6927;