Review excerpt: The recipe at Otafuku, this classic oden house, has barely changed in a century and, until last autumn, nor had the atmospheric, low-rise wooden building in which the dish had been served for so long.

Founded in 1923, it isn’t the oldest oden shop in Tokyo — that honor is generally ascribed to the 101-year-old Otafuku across town in Asakusa — but it is certainly among the most popular. You can tell by the clientele it attracts. From middle-aged ...

At Hanakujira the person to watch is the cook holding the tongs; like a musical conductor he sets the rhythm and the tone of the restaurant, and it is from his vat that all good things come. Oden is a year-round food, but best ...

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 ...

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