Restaurants

Japanese in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Kado

Set in an old wooden house with a white lantern out front, Kado specialises in katei-ryōri (home-cooking). Dinner is a set course of seasonal dishes (such as grilled quail or fresh tofu). At lunch there's no English…
Ramen in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Kikanbō

The karashibi (カラシビ) spicy miso ramen here has a cult following. Choose your level of kara (spice) and shibi (a strange mouth-numbing sensation created by Japanese sanshō pepper). We recommend futsu-futsu (regular f…
Japanese in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Ethiopia

In studenty Jimbōchō, Japanese curry cafes are 10 a penny and fiercely competitive. Ethiopia is a seasoned champ, offering jumbo serves and curries packed with meat and vegetables. The spice level goes from zero to …
Steak in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Mori-no-Butchers

'No meat, no life' is the catchphrase of this rustic and hip restaurant specialising in grilled steak, lamb and chicken. The cuts of meat are good and prices reasonable, especially for the accompanying wines, which …
French in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Le Bretagne

This French-owned cafe, hidden on a cobblestone lane in Kagurazaka, is credited with starting the Japanese rage for crêpes back in 1996 when it opened. Savoury buckwheat galettes are made with ham and cheese importe…
Japanese in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Isegen

This illustrious fish restaurant, in business since the 1830s, operates out of a handsomely crafted 1930 wooden building. The speciality is ankō-nabe (monkfish stew; ¥3500 per person, minimum order for two), served …
Hotpot in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Botan

Botan has been making a single, perfect dish in the same traditional wooden house since the 1890s. Sit cross-legged on rattan mats as chicken sukiyaki (meat cooked in broth with vegetables) simmers over a charcoal b…
Desserts in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Amanoya

The owner of this charming dessert cafe is a bit of a collector, as you'll discover from the eclectic bits and bobs on display ranging from model trains to carved masks. Motherly women dole out sweet treats, such as…
Vegan in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Komaki Shokudō

A Kamakura cooking school specialising in shōjin-ryōri (Buddhist-style vegan cuisine) runs this cafe within the Chabara food market. Its nonmeat dishes are very tasty and it sells some of the ingredients used. Round…
Italian in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Canal Cafe

Along the languid moat that forms the edge of Kitanomaru-kōen, this is one of Tokyo’s best alfresco dining spots. The restaurant serves tasty wood-fired pizzas, seafood pastas and grilled meats, while over on the se…