Restaurants

Top Choice Kaiseki in Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

Kikunoi

Exquisitely prepared seasonal dishes are as beautiful as they are delicious at this Michelin-starred Tokyo outpost of a three-generation-old Kyoto-based kaiseki (Japanese haute cuisine) restaurant. Kikunoi’s chef Mu…
Top Choice Kaiseki in Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

Tofuya-Ukai

One of Tokyo’s most gracious restaurants is located in a former sake brewery (moved from northern Japan), with an exquisite traditional garden, in the shadow of Tokyo Tower. Seasonal preparations of tofu and accompa…
Top Choice Ramen in Ginza & Tsukiji

Kagari

Don't get confused – even though the English sign outside Kagari says 'Soba', this stands for chūka soba, meaning Chinese noodles, ie ramen. Kagari's luscious, flavoursome chicken broth makes all the difference here…
Top Choice Izakaya in Ueno, Yanesen & Komagome

Shinsuke

In business since 1925, Shinsuke has honed the concept of an ideal izakaya to perfection: long cedar counter, 'master' in happi (traditional short coat) and hachimaki (traditional headband), and smooth-as-silk dai-g…
Top Choice Izakaya in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Shirube

It's a toss up as to which has the most character here: the inventive fusion dishes or the charismatic staff. Either way, Shirube is among Tokyo's most beloved izakaya. Don’t miss the aburi saba (blow-torch grilled …
Top Choice Japanese in Ueno, Yanesen & Komagome

Innsyoutei

In a gorgeous wooden building dating back to 1875, Innsyoutei (pronounced 'inshotei' and meaning 'rhyme of the pine cottage') has long been a favourite spot for fancy kaiseki-style meals while visiting Ueno-kōen. Wi…
Top Choice Sushi in Ginza & Tsukiji

Kyūbey

Since 1936, Kyūbey’s quality and presentation has won it a moneyed and celebrity clientele. Even so, this is a supremely foreigner-friendly and relaxed restaurant. The friendly owner Imada-san speaks excellent Engli…
Top Choice Izakaya in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Donjaca

The platonic ideal of a Shōwa-era (1926–89) izakaya, Donjaca, in business since 1979, has red leather stools, paper-lantern lighting and hand-written menus on the wall. The food is equal parts classic (grilled fish …
Top Choice Izakaya in West Tokyo

Okajōki

The yaki-zakana (焼き魚; grilled fish) lunch here is legendary. The fish are roasted around a large central hearth, and are served as a set with rice, miso soup and pickles. There's no English menu, but some common fis…
Top Choice Vegetarian in Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

Sougo

Sit at the long counter beside the open kitchen or in booths and watch the expert chefs prepare delicious and beautifully presented shōjin-ryōri (vegetarian cuisine as served at Buddhist temples). Reserve at least o…