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Tokyu Food Show

Tokyu Food Show (beneath Shibuya station, 2-24-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo) – despite its name, this is actually a restaurant located below the popular Shibuya’s Tokyu department store. This is a food court (nicknamed depachika in Japanese) that offer a variety of food items popular with local commuters, such as Sakurambo Vert (green tea with a […]

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Tempura Kondo

Tempura Kondo (2 Sakaguchi Bldg., 9F, 5-5-13 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo) – this high-end tempura restaurant (which has two Michelin stars) regularly gets booked, because of its reputation for serving among the best tempura in Japan. Not even U.S. president Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Abe were able to get a table during the American […]

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Rokukakutei

Rokukakutei (Koujun Bldg. 4F, 6-8-7, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo) – this Ginza area restaurant (which has been awarded a Michelin star) is noted for its skewers of deep-fried seafood and vegetables, along with its well-regarded wine list. Other types of skewers include bamboo shoot, ground peas, beef with onion, beef tenderloin with shiso, scallops, crab with […]

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Restaurant Kinoshita

Restaurant Kinoshita (3-37-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo) – despite its name, this is actually a French restaurant, serving dishes such as home-smoked duck breast, roast quail, joue de boeuf (tender cheek of ox slowly simmered down in red wine) and soups like chilled vichyssoise, bouillabaisse and onion gratin. This, along with dishes that fuse both Japanese […]

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Pintokona

Pintokona (Roppongi Hills Metrohat B2F, 6-4-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo) – this sushi restaurant stands out, since the meals are served in conveyor-belt fashion (such eateries locally known as “kaitenzuski” – or “one-dollar conveyor belt sushi”). Diners have the option of taking an already-prepared sushi meal that’s already been prepared, or make a special request and […]

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Piacere

Piacere (Shangri-La Hotel, Marunouchi Trust Tower Main, 1-8-3 Marunouchi Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) — Meaning “pleasure” in Italian, Piacere succeeds in delighting the palates of the most discerning of diners. The style, passion and creativity that Piacere epitomizes are reflected in the creations of its Executive Chef, Andrea Ferrero. Signature dishes served there include: Infused Leaf Mountain […]

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Owan

Owan (Okada Bldg., 2-26-7 Ikejiri, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo) – despite the fact that this restaurant is not intended for international diners – with only Japanese being spoken, travelers have nonetheless found their way into this modestly-size, well-decorated restaurant (of 16 seats) for its well-regarded local dishes.

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Ogo Ono-Loa Hawaii

Ogo Ono-Loa Hawaii (5-1-4 Isomura Bldg. 5F, Akasaka, Tokyo) – located in a part of Tokyo where hostess bars tend to predominate, this is a restaurant launched some years ago by a Hawaiian native. Given the fascination that some Japanese have had of Hawaii, it’s perhaps expected that such a restaurant would eventually find its […]

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Nogizaka Uoshin

Nogizaka Uoshin (9-6-32 Akasaka, Minato-ky, Tokyo) – just a short walk away from the upscale Roppongi midtown complex, this restaurant stands out for its fish shack dining. Fresh seafood is served according to the diner’s preference. Its no-frills atmosphere reflects its modest pricing. Given that Uoshin’s parent company is actually a seafood wholesaler, this guarantees […]

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New York Grill

New York Grill (Park Hyatt Tokyo, 3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shunjuku-ku, Tokyo) — Dramatically perched on the 52nd floor of Park Hyatt Tokyo is the dynamic New York Grill, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows offering breathtaking views of Tokyo. The contemporary and sophisticated interior features four substantial paintings of New York scenes by Italian artist Valerio Adami […]