Review excerpt: Kissaten Nasu is a traditional cafe. But it’s also a curry shop and a jazz cafe, and the master might just be one of the most dapper and suave cafe owners this side of Tokyo.

Review excerpt: Kyoto's Nanaezushi is a little treasure, an authentic holdover from a time when sushi was neither an expensive fetish nor a gimmick but instead a quotidian delicacy made by specialists.

Steaks and hot dogs are the main draw, and the “service lunch” — a 200-gram steak with the option of a big wiener on the side, combined with soup, salad, grilled eggplant, spinach, fries and bread or rice for ¥1,200 — is about the ...

The two house specialities, Koi and Awa, are made from fish bones and soy sauce stock. My preference leans toward Awa, which uses a lighter blend of soy sauce, is slightly less briny and has a clearer broth than Koi. Besides the al dente ...

Totoya is simple, unfussy and serves quality food at — thankfully — reasonable prices. A kaisendon (seafood rice bowl) served with soup is only ¥1,000. The space is shared with a fishmonger out front and as an added bonus, on Wednesday and Friday evenings ...

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