Restaurants:Shibuya

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Pignon

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 ...

Menya Nukaji

Review excerpt: Nukui’s ramen and tsukemen (dipping noodles) are rich, honest and wholesome. While the soup is thick — in the popular tonkotsu-gyokai (pork and seafood) style — the noodles are silky-smooth. He also makes a spicy variant (kara-ramen or kara-tsukemen) that is especially ...

Cafe Bleu

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 ...

Kaikaya

For hardcore fans — and they are legion — Kaikaya is the ultimate izakaya. They love the scruffy, unkempt look, the laid-back vibes, the cheerful welcome.

Mikkeller Tokyo

[Notice: Mikkeller Tokyo has closed this location. See their website for info on future sites.] Review excerpt: Like all of the brewery’s outposts, the Shibuya bar showcases Mikkeller beers alongside guest taps from local craft makers. I spotted selections from Japanese breweries such as Minoh ...

Pappon Kitchen

The kitchen of this tiny one-counter Thai diner tucked away on the second floor of an anonymous building on the fringe of Shibuya is barely bigger than a phone booth. But the menu lists dozens of options, from stir-fries and spicy yam “salads” to ...

Kamiyama

It’s hard to believe you are just steps away from the brashness of Shibuya’s Center-Gai. You have come to eat soba noodles, but it feels more like entering a ceremonial tea house. Once inside, stairs lead down to beautifully spot-lit dining room, where you ...

Abasque

Abasque is one of the few restaurants in Tokyo to focus on the food of the Pays Basque in Southwest France. In recent years, the global spotlight has rightfully shone on the brilliant new-wave cuisine of the chefs in Spain’s Basque Country. But the ...