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Restaurants in Tokyo

Tokyo is jam-packed with restaurants and snack bars. Quality shabu-shabu (hotpot) bubbles away at Zakuro in Akasaka. The sushi is fresh in Ginza and Uchisaiwaicho, and the beer frothy at the strip of cheap izakaya (snack bars) under Yurakucho's train tracks. Scour Nishi-Azabu and Ebisu's backstreets for traditional places full of character, such as Gonpachi Nishi-Azabu, the inspiration for the restaurant in Tarantino's film Kill Bill. Last orders are often 10.30pm, but many Roppongi restaurants serve food until 5am. Service is included and tipping is unnecessary.

Harajuku Gyoza Lou, Tokyo. Photo by Tamsin Bradshaw
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Mon Cher Ton Ton

Flash teppanyaki

Mon Cher Ton Ton dishes out teppanyaki (grills) in an ostentatious gold Roppongi setting. Business clientele watch from communal counters as the chefs cook seafood, meat and garlic chips on hot plates, while a stream trickles around the tables. The Kobe beef is a speciality and the wine is high-end. Regulars know to book ahead.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 5pm-11pm; Sat, Sun & public hols 5pm-10.30pm

Address

3-12-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 3402 1055

Transport

Roppongi metro

Website

Seryna Website

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Nakata

Traditional sushi bar

One of Tokyo's oldest sushi bars, Nakata serves the city's finest and freshest fish. On the menu are tuna, abalone, sea urchin and scallop on rice, but no California rolls. The decor of this Uchisaiwaicho restaurant is simple, with light wood panelling and sliding doors. Service is impeccable, whether to businessmen or lunching ladies.



Opening Hours

Daily 11.30am-9.30pm

Address

Imperial Hotel Tokyo, Main Building, 1-1-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8558

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 3503 6026

Transport

Yurakucho JR or Hibiya metro

Website

Imperial Hotel Tokyo Website

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Sabatini di Firenze

Taste of Tuscany

Tokyo's elegant Sabatini di Firenze is a sister restaurant of the well-known Florence eatery. Located on the 7th floor of the Sony Building, diners enjoy views over Ginza while feasting on delicious Tuscan cuisine. Try the handmade pasta, cooked to al dente perfection, washed down with a glass of Italian wine. Dinner reservations are recommended.



Opening Hours

Daily 11:30am-3:30pm and 5:30-10:30pm

Address

5-3-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 3573 0013

Transport

Station: Ginza (B9 exit, 1 min.)

Website

Sabatini di Firenze Website

Inakaya, Tokyo. Photo by Fighter Chill (flickr), © All rights reserved
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Inakaya

Busy grill eatery

Inakaya is a lively Roppongi robatayaki eatery, where customers choose their ingredients and watch them being cooked. Local diners pick from mountains of vegetables, beef and seafood, and the hard-working chefs yell when it's ready. Dishes are passed from grill to diner on giant wooden paddles. Sake, served in wooden boxes, makes a great accompaniment.



Opening Hours

Daily 5pm-11pm

Address

4-10-11, 1F Yamaki Bldg, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 5775 1012

Transport

Roppongi metro

Website

Inakaya Website

Zakuro, Tokyo. Photo by Monika N
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Zakuro

Japanese hotpots

Zakuro in Akasaka, part of a 50 year-old local chain, serves high quality shabu shabu (hotpot). On the walls are artworks by the likes of Japanese artists Shiko Munakata and Shoji Hamada. Polite, kimono-clad hostesses serve shabu-shabu, tempura, and teriyaki beef to Tokyo's well-heeled set.



Opening Hours

Daily 11.30am-3pm & 5pm-10pm

Address

1/F Akasaka TBS Garden, 5-1-3 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 3582 6841

Transport

Akasaka metro

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Umaya

Actor's rustic dining-room

Famous traditional Japanese theatre actor Ichikawa Ennosuke has opened several rustic Umaya restaurants in Tokyo, including this branch in Shinjuku-ku. The menu is known for its hearty recipes from Kyushu, such as one-pot nabe meals and skewers of grilled meats.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 11am-11pm; Sat 11am-10pm; Sun 11am-5pm

Address

15-1-2 Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 5771 6331

Transport

Tochomae or Shinjuku metro

Website

Umaya Website

Miyashita, Tokyo. Photo by Naoko Kawachi, Flickr - chibirashka
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Miyashita

East meets west

The simple modern furnishings and muted colours allow the food to take centre stage at Miyashita, a fusion restaurant in chic shopping centre Omotesando Hills. The seasonally-changing menu features European classics with a unique Japanese twist; a cooking style known as yoshoku. Try the French-inspired ginger and onion soup or seafood and macaroni gratin.



Opening Hours

Daily 11am-12am (last orders 10.30pm)

Address

Omotesando Hills, 3rd floor, Omotesando Dori, Tokyo 41210 Jingumae

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 5785 0707

Transport

Meiji-Jingumae or Omotesando metro

Website

Miyashita Website (Japanese)

TY Harbour Brewery, Tokyo. Courtesy of TY Harbour Brewery
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TY Harbour Brewery

Favourite for classic dishes

Perched on Tokyo Bay, TY Harbour Brewery has views over a calm urban canal. This Higashi-Shinagawa restaurant serves a daily-changing menu of dishes like lime marinated prawns, and eringi, shimeji and maitake mushroom pizzas. The pared down dining-room, with its industrial fittings, attracts a fashionable crowd. Couples order sake nightcaps at Waterline, the floating bar.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm & 5.30pm-10pm; Sat & Sun 11.30am-3pm & 5.30pm-9pm

Address

2-1-3 Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0002

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 5479 4555

Transport

Tennozu Isle station

Website

TY Harbour Brewing Website

Gonpachi Nishi-Azabu, Tokyo. Photo by Global-Dining Inc
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Gonpachi Nishi-Azabu

Theatrical late-night dining

The inspiration for the restaurant scene in Quentin Tarantino's film Kill Bill, it is easy to imagine samurai sword-fighting at Gonpachi in Nishi-Azabu. Lanterns festoon the wood-panelled interior, where chefs prepare soba noodles and skewers of meat. Diners watch them cooking from the bar, balcony, or private rooms enticingly hidden behind sliding doors.



Opening Hours

Daily 11.30am-5am

Address

1F/2F, 1-13-11, Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0031

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 5771 0170

Transport

Roppongi metro

Website

Gonpachi Nishi-Azabu Website

Ubcra, Tokyo. Photo by Tamsin Bradshaw
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Ubcra

Upmarket snack bar

Ubcra boasts a trendy Ebisu location, polished wood floors, brown leather booths and floor-to-ceiling glass. Its izakaya (snack bar) fare consists of grilled ginkgo nuts, tempura and grilled skewers (yakitori). The set menus are strictly for more the adventurous diners. Ubcra is also a shochu specialist, serving a wide selection of this Japanese spirit.



Opening Hours

Daily 4pm-5am

Address

1-3-11 Ebisu-nishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0021

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 5428 5027

Transport

Ebisu JR and metro

Restaurant Kurosawa, Tokyo. Photo by Pannus Veronicae (Flickr), © All rights reserved
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Restaurant Kurosawa

Celebrated film director's food

Fans of Seven Samurai film director Akira Kurosawa love this shrine to his memory. Restaurant Kurosawa serves dishes modelled on food Kurosawa ate in his own home, such as pork and beef from Kagoshima, and homemade soba noodles. The Nagatacho restaurant is also decorated to resemble a Kurosawa film set.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm & 5pm-11pm; Sat & public hols 12pm-10pm

Address

2-7-9 Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0014

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 3580 9638

Transport

Kokkai-gijidomae or Tameike-sanno metro

Website

Restaurant Kurosawa Website

Shin-hinomoto, Tokyo. Photo by jisforjetsetter (Flickr), © All rights reserved
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Shin-hinomoto

Tempura under the tracks

Underneath the Yamanote railway tracks, Shin-hinomoto's British owner, Andy, serves sashimi, tempura, deep-fried chicken, and more. Andy buys the ingredients for his dishes fresh from Tsukiji Market each day. Visitors book an upstairs table, where the crowd is a mix of foreign diners and Japanese locals, and the trains rattle through above.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 5pm-12am

Address

2-4-4 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8405

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 3214 8021

Transport

Yurakucho JR or Hibiya metro

Harajuku Gyoza Lou, Tokyo. Photo by Tamsin Bradshaw
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Harajuku Gyoza Lou

Pork dumplings four ways

Harajuku Gyoza Lou in the heart of Harajuku is hip yet unpretentious. It draws a young crowd with its straightforward menu on the wall. Cooks serve four types of delicious pork dumplings (gyoza)- boiled or fried and with or without garlic - from the central, U-shaped counter. Wash them down with beer or sake.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 10am-3am; Sun 10am-11pm

Address

6-2-4 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 3406 4743

Transport

Harajuku or Meiji-jingumae metro

14

Midori-zushi Ginza

Delicious slivers of fish

Midori-zushi manages to pull off the rare combination of reasonable prices and uncompromising quality. Sushi is melt-in-the-mouth fresh and features fatty tuna, salmon and eel on rice, and huge rolls. This Ginza restaurant is highly popular, and echoes to the sound of chat. Diners arrive early to avoid the queues.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 11am-3pm & 4.30pm-10pm; Sat & Sun 11am-10pm

Address

1/F Ginza 7-108, Ginza Korida dori, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 5568 1212

Transport

Ginza metro or Yurakucho JR

Vegetable Dining Daichi, Tokyo. Photo by Tamsin Bradshaw
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Vegetable Dining Daichi

Vegetarian lunchboxes

Vegetable Dining Daichi in Kamiyacho serves delicious, seasonal vegetarian dishes in a modern Japanese space. On split levels, this minimalist restaurant has slate floors and wooden sliding doors. Its lunch sets - such as a thick Japanese curry or the bento box of tiny vegetarian dishes - are great value. Business regulars book ahead.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 11am-3pm; daily 5pm-11pm

Address

2F Kamiyacho Prime Place, 4-1-17 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0001

Transport

Kamiyacho metro

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