Review excerpt: The owner-chef Rimpei Yoshikawa of Pignon is anything but a typical Tokyo French chef. He drives an old Citroen 2CV better suited to 1960s Paris than the outer fringes of Shibuya. He prefers T-shirts to chef’s whites, tying his hair back in a ...

For a self-proclaimed seafood bistro, Ata covers a lot of territory — much like its dynamic owner-chef Satoshi Kakegawa has done in his short career.

One of the first highlights of our meal at La Bonne Table is a wonderfully smooth potage made from new-season white onions and adorned with morsels of home-smoked bacon, charcoal-grilled new-potato gnocchi, oven-roasted beets and tender spinach leaf. A signature dish if ever there was ...

The "French oden" that forms the core of the current menu at this mellow little modern eatery is so light and fragrant you'd be best off thinking of it as Japanese pot-au-feu. The light, clear broth is a chicken bouillon boosted with mushrooms and ...

The inspiration for the kitchen here is Italian. The antipasti list is brief, but there's a good range of pasta with several made fresh in-house each day. But these are mere preliminaries for the main event: pork (spare ribs or shoulder butt), chicken or ...

Chef Kimio Ichikawa is well-grounded in the basics of French cuisine, but he brings a homegrown Japanese sensibility to his art. A quiet man who prefers to let his food do the talking, he also has a love for the smoky, spicy flavors of ...

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