Restaurants in the western suburbs cater largely to neighbourhood regulars. Classic comfort food, like ramen and gyōza, is abundant; so are cheap and lively izakaya (Japanese pub-eateries) and yakitori (chicken, and other meats or vegetables, grilled on skewers) counters. As these neighbourhoods don't see as many travellers as more central ones, fewer restaurants have English menus. Suginami ward (which includes neighbourhoods Kōenji, Asagaya, Ogikubo and Nishi-Ogikubo) is campaigning to make its eating and drinking scene more accessible: look for discreet 'English menu' stickers on some bars and restaurants, which are also listed online at