Restaurants

Top Choice Kaiseki in Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

Kikunoi

Exquisitely prepared seasonal dishes are as beautiful as they are delicious at this Tokyo outpost of one of Kyoto's most acclaimed kaiseki (Japanese haute cuisine) restaurants. Kikunoi’s third-generation chef, Murat…
Top Choice Sushi in Ginza & Tsukiji

Kyūbey

Since 1935, Kyūbey’s quality and presentation has won it a moneyed and celebrity clientele. Even so, this is a supremely open and relaxed restaurant. The friendly owner Imada-san speaks excellent English as do some …
Top Choice Japanese in Ueno & Yanesen

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 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). Lunch is a bargain…
Top Choice Tonkatsu in Ebisu, Meguro & Around

Tonki

Tonki is a Tokyo tonkatsu (crumbed pork cutlet) legend, deep-frying pork cutlets, recipe unchanged, for nearly 80 years. The seats at the counter – where you can watch the perfectly choreographed chefs – are the mos…
Top Choice Tonkatsu in Harajuku & Aoyama

Maisen

You could order something else (maybe fried shrimp), but everyone else will be ordering the famous tonkatsu (breaded, deep-fried pork cutlets). There are different grades of pork on the menu, including prized kurobu…
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 Sushi in Marunouchi & Nihombashi

Kizushi

While sushi has moved in the direction of faster and fresher, Kizushi, in business since 1923, is keeping it old-school. Third generation chef Yui Ryuichi uses traditional techniques, such as marinating the fish in …
Top Choice Ramen in Ginza & Tsukiji

Ginza Kagari

Kagari, currently one of Tokyo's most-obsessed-about ramen shops, does a luscious tori paitan (fat-rich chicken broth) topped with delicately steamed seasonal vegetables – it will make you rethink ramen. While the m…
Top Choice Japanese in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

d47 Shokudō

There are 47 prefectures in Japan and d47 serves a changing line-up of teishoku (set meals) that evoke the specialities of each, from the fermented tofu of Okinawa to the stuffed squid of Hokkaido. A larger menu of …