Recommended Dining in Tokyo
This well-known establishment has become something
of a tourist landmark in Roppongi, probably because of its
fare and reasonable prices. Yakitori is the Japanese version
of the barbecue, with chicken, beef, pork or fish kebabs grilled
over oak coals, served with large bowls of crudité vegetables
like crisp raw cabbage, carrots and courgettes. Nanbantei offers
bargain lunch menus and specialities like namban-yaki (grilled
beef dipped in hot miso) and asapura-maki (green asparagus
wrapped in thinly sliced pork). Dinner only.
Tel: (0)3 402 0606
Enjoy sushi the traditional way at Fukuzushi,
which is rated one of Tokyo’s best sushi bars, albeit
also one of the most expensive. This busy bar does not take
guests can enjoy tea or cocktails while waiting for a
place at the sushi bar, which is made from a single piece of
About 30 items are made fresh at a time and arranged
on a marble slab to tempt diners. Part of the experience of
sushi is to enjoy
the interaction between the chefs and their customers.
5-7-8 Roppongi, Minato-Ku;
Tel: (0)3 402 4116
La Tour D’Argent
Decidedly opulent, the lavish La Tour D’Argent,
like its famous sister in Paris, sets the standard for
French haute cuisine.
The high standard of the food and décor
is only matched by the prices in this celebrated
situated in the
New Otani Hotel. The house speciality is the duck,
specially flown in daily from Brittany in France.
Other highlights on the
menu are pigeon and fricassee of lobster. It is
all prepared by chefs trained at the Paris restaurant
and an impressive wine
list accompanies the outstanding menu, which changes
seasonally. Closed Mondays. Dinner only. Reservations
essential and dress
code is jacket and tie.
Address: New Otani Hotel,
4-1 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku;
Tel: (0)3 239 3111
What the Dickens?
Good old English steak and kidney pie in the
heart of Japan? Charles Dickens himself would feel at home
in Tokyo’s British
pub which serves up a variety of ales and
a down-to-earth atmosphere helped along with wooden beams,
sprung floors, hand-painted pub
signs and dried hops. What the Dickens? also
offers live music every night of the week. The menu is
reasonably priced and consists
of several traditional British favourites
as cottage pie, accompanied by heaps of potatoes and
vegetables. Closed Mondays.
Address: 4th Floor, Roob Building,
Tel: (0)3 780 2099
The casual Californian-style Farm Grill in Ginza
lures mainly foreigners with its tasty American
favourite dishes and a
you can drink’ special on soft
drinks and beer. Lunch and dinner buffets
are available. The à la carte
menu features popular platters like
Caesar salad and rotisserie chicken,
wide range of sandwiches and pastas
and some deliciously rich desserts.
to queue for a table. Dinner only.
2nd Floor, Gokan, Ginza 8-5 (near
Tel: (0)3 5568 6156
The twin restaurants of La Granata and Granata
Moderna are situated in the basement of
the Tokyo Broadcasting Systems
the Italian cuisine on offer
is top level. La Granata offers a traditional ambience with
check tablecloths and brickwork,
while Granata Moderna is elegantly
with mirrors and stained glass. Both offer
Address: TBS Garden building,
basement, 5-3-3 Akasaka;
Tel: (0)3 582 5891
This establishment offers the novel experience
of eating in a Japanese bathhouse.
The baths are gone, but the large building,
which now houses Maisen
restaurant, was converted from a sento (public bath) about
20 years ago.
The huge space makes
airy dining room where
discerning gourmets can enjoy a range of Japanese delights.
the house is Tonkatsu,
tender and crisp deep fried
Address: 4-8-5 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku
(near Omotesando station);
Tel: (0)3 470 0071
It may look unpretentious with its plastic sheeted
linen cloths, but the aromas
emanating from The Taj restaurant will soon
make you understand
why this remains one of Tokyo’s favourite
particularly favoured by the staff of the Indian Embassy.
The menu is divided into a tandoori and a
curry section, and
offers more than 40 dishes from every state in India.
1st Floor, Pagoda Building,
Tel: (0)3 586 6606
It is worth waiting in line to sample the fare
tonkatsu (deep fried pork) outlet. Waiters take orders
while patrons queue for a spot at the well-worn Formica-topped
the hustle and bustle of the dozens of busy cooks in action.
The reward is delectable treats like hirekatsu
pork) reishoki, or rosukatsu (loin cut), crunchy on the
outside and melt-in-the-mouth tender on the inside, or
perhaps a tasty
kushikatsu (skewered meat with onions). Tonki is closed
Tuesdays and the third Monday of every month.
The humble noodle is elevated to aristocratic
status at this establishment,
where waitresses in starched blue kimonos
hand out brocade bound menus featuring more than
dishes. The background
music is usually
to complement the handmade noodles that form the
base to each artistic dish. Patrons can watch noodles
made in the