With Tokyo under a third state of emergency, now may not be the best time to eat out, but here are some capital options for take-out treats, or to bookmark for a brighter day:
- It’s easy to take Japan’s wealth of fermented foods for granted. Hakko Department in Shimokitazawa puts them front and center, writes Robbie Swinnerton — not just miso, shoyu, nattō, sake and vinegar, but also many less widespread regional specialties.
- Critics have missed, or chosen to stubbornly ignore, Britain’s glorious culinary renaissance. Phoebe Amoroso presents some of Tokyo’s latest openings where you can get a taste of good ol’ British grub.
- Burger Police is the coronavirus-inspired bistro offspring of the well-known restaurant Tacubo, and it serves a gourmet burger like no other, pared back to the simplest of no-frills basics, writes Swinnerton. Got a guess how it got its name?
- Tantanmen in Japan is less tethered to the dish’s Sichuan heritage, leaving room for innovation. Florentyna Leow offers up five tantanmen restaurants in the capital worth the tongue-tingling spice.
- In the latest 20 Questions, Seth Sulkin, CEO of real estate developer Pacifica Capital, tells David Cortez about his first internet startup — a gourmet food-delivery service called Food-e that couriers meals to homes from high-class Tokyo restaurants. Good-e!