Umbilical

Review excerpt: At Umbilical, look no further than chef Ono’s signature seafood plate. Every day he puts together four choices that can be ordered separately.

Abrazo a la Oaxaquena

The mole pipian is made with pumpkin seeds and tomatillos, and mole almendrado has a base of almonds. But most impressive of the lot is the classic mole negro that he pours over his pan-fried chicken. Black and glistening, the dominant flavor is dark ...

Salmon & Trout

Don’t expect anything as orthodox as an actual written menu at Salmon & Trout. Kan Morieda’s hugely enjoyable meals are far more free-form than that.

Craft Beer Market Koenji

Review excerpt: Craft Beer Market Koenji feels less like a pub than a lounge that also serves great beer. The first thing you see on arrival is not the impressive array of taps — set into a wall of brilliant white tiles at the ...

Coffee Amp

From the start, the emphasis was on roasting beans as much as serving lattes, and Amp has steadily sloughed off its cafe trappings ever since. The small tables that used to sit next to the entrance have long gone, and last month an extensive ...

Rituel par Christophe Vasseur Jiyugoaka

What you'll find at artisan baker Chrisophe Vasseur’s first French pastry cafe in Japan: buttery, crumbly croissants that virtually disintegrate as you start aiming for your mouth; giant whirls filled with pistachio paste and chocolate chips, egg tartlets and pastries with fresh mango ... ...

Ryuan

There is no imperative to order oden -- nor to have a whole meal, although there are set courses if you don't want the hassle of thumbing through the Japanese-only menu in the very dim light. Most people just take a dish or two ...

Bespoque

Bespoque is a tiny but miraculous “gastropub” on a quiet street outside Higashi-Nakano Station. Chef Nonoshita makes everything in-house, from the sausages and smoked fish to the ketchup. Her cooking is undeniably British, with flavors recalling multicultural influences as well as traditional staples. An ...

Ramen Burger

Take a burger patty and place it between two "buns" made out of ramen noodles. And voila -- a double hit of everyone's favorite fast foods. What does it taste like? Exactly the way it sounds -- and it works a treat.