Trattoria della Lanterna Magica is the quintessential Tokyo neighborhood trattoria. Not just because it is always bustling and friendly, serves excellent, unpretentious cucina and does so at prices that are always affordable, but because it is far enough from the beaten track that it ...

There are those who make regular pilgrimages here expressly to revisit the antipasti misti. The primi piatti are also seriously good, especially their own hand-crafted pasta. The potato gnocchi (with a sauce, perhaps, of broccoli and homemade sausage) are not to be missed.

First you pick your wine from the various bottles Tanabe has assembled that week. Your food, all prepared by Kaneko and his team, will be matched with your choices. It is not quite as arbitrary as it sounds, but there's definitely a frisson of ...

Oysters this fresh need absolutely no further ornamentation. But lightly cooked -- baked or deep-fried -- they are every bit as good. What can beat classic oysters Rockefeller or fried oysters with a simple tartar sauce? Well, try them with Hisio's patent Chinese black ...

Everything on the menu is exactly as you might find at a restaurant in Lima -- or at least one that takes pains to source quality ingredients and serve them with care and panache.

Bon Marche Q looks too hip to bother with food, but this sleek little standing-only boite offers rather more than the basic bar snacks.

Set up by a long-established liquor store, it was one of the first tachinomi in Tokyo to offer wine and a good range of tapas-style snacks. Despite the out-of-the-way location, it's always packed -- not surprising given the affordable wine prices.

If the cheerful sign showing silhouettes of a pig, a sheep, a duck and a dancing rooster aren't enough, then the English slogan underneath will do the trick: " 'Confit' and wine make us happy." It's a great combination, even if, strictly speaking, the ...

Matching grilled skewers of chicken with wine is by no means unique, but here it's done particularly well, and with some novel flourishes as well.

Bread and wine: what a great combination. We cannot live on either alone, but put the two together -- along with an easygoing attitude and a tasty side menu of home-cooked snacks -- and that's the recipe that makes Ahiru Store one of our ...

The real sign of Maruyama-cho’s evolution is that it now has a daytime presence, too — especially since the opening of Cafe Bleu. Glass-fronted and light-filled, this is the latest outlet from the folks at To-vi (Buchi,Bongout Noh, Kitchen Cero, Kinsai) and bears their ...

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