It's a small, tidy place in southern European style -- whitewashed walls, wood panels, beams across the ceiling and simple but comfortable furniture. The bistro look is apt, since Manuel serves the kind of home cooking that would not be out of place on ...

The look is refined and elegant, almost medieval in style, with Gothic wooden pillars and beams, and Andalucian tiles underfoot. The walls and ceiling are a rich hue of red, studded with gold heraldic motifs. It feels like sitting down inside a deluxe and ...

Although it styles itself as a "Musee du Chocolat," that doesn't mean you can't sample and buy all the delicacies in this elegant retail shop-cum-salon de the. Chef Koji Tsuchiya spent six years in Paris, finessing his art alongside some of the world's top ...

It feels like a cross between an exclusive jewelry boutique, a wine cellar and a walk-in humidor. The number of customers in the shop at any one time is restricted. The temperature of the chocolate is kept at 15-18 degrees, and light and humidity ...

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

Is it an izakaya that just happens to serve unpolished rice? Or is it a genmai specialist that forgot to get uptight? Who really cares?

Istanbul, in the nighttime back streets of Shinjuku-Sanchome, is the oldest and best established, slick and a little impersonal, its decor crammed with photos and exotic baubles, making it easily accessible to first-time visitors.

Ankara, up behind Mark City in Shibuya, is busy and serious, with little time for people unfamiliar with the territory. Izmir, the least known of the three, not only lies further from the mainstream -- in Asagaya, out on the Chuo Line west from ...

Owner-chef Hiroshi Nakajima is a man who likes to cook for people who like to eat -- especially those who appreciate the subtleties of orthodox French cuisine.

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.

"In a nutshell it's a bar where you can consult a hacker. We aim to be a bar where you can not only talk about system development, but also how to proceed with your business and manage it," says Nakao. "As a result, I ...

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