Restaurants & Cafés

The best restaurants and cafés in Tokyo, including restaurant reviews and new openings

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Latest restaurant reviews

T’s Tantan
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T’s Tantan

It's almost worth rerouting your trip via Tokyo Station to eat at this noodle shop. T's Tantan, an offshoot of Jiyugaoka eatery T's Restaurant, earns the rare distinction of being one of the few, and first places selling vegetarian/vegan ramen in Tokyo – or, at least, ramen that's actually worthy of the name. The speciality of the house is Chinese-style dandanmen, served in a broth flavoured with sesame and peanut oil and available with a range of toppings. The menu has expanded massively since they opened almost seven years ago, but their staples remain the same. Our medium-spiced 'midori tantan', topped with leafy greens, soymeat mince and pumpkin seeds (nice touch, that) wasn't as rich as the meat-based version of the dish, but made for a hearty lunch nonetheless. For the non-spicy version, have the white, black or 'gold' (it comes with peanuts) sesame dandan noodles, all of which have a creamy enough finish to trick you into thinking there were animals involved in the process. Add a side of soy karaage if you're feeling particularly peckish.  T's Tantan can be found inside JR Tokyo Station, at the end of the Keiyo Street shopping arcade on the way to the Keiyo line platform – note that you'll need to buy a platform ticket to get to the shop unless you're already travelling on JR lines. If coming from outside the station, note that JR Yaesu South is the closest exit to the restaurant. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Notomi
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Notomi

Notomi specialises in everything from the flavourful Noto peninsula, with a little bit of Kansai style thrown in for good measure. Have one of their chiritori nabe, served in a low-rimmed square pan. A dish originally created by Osaka’s Korean residents, ‘chiritori’ means dustpan, and whether that’s a reference to the pan or a tendency to chuck in what looks like leftovers is up for debate. We’re also partial to their voluminous buri shabu, with yellowtail sourced from Noto. If you're with four or more, order a course menu to try their best bits; if you're on your own, know that most of their nabe can be had for one too. 

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Shinka
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Shinka

Nakameguro’s Shinka offers a modern Japanese interpretation of a traditional lobster meal, with a seasonal menu in which prized Ise-ebi (Japanese lobster, the best being from Mie prefecture) is incorporated in most, if not all, dishes. The all-Japanese menu can feel a bit overwhelming, but you'd do well to stick to the first two pages to start with – they're both full of Ise-ebi dishes. For a multi-course dinner that will leave you very well fed, select one option from the mains, ippin and otsumami listings each per person, and finish it all off with one of the gohan (rice) options. Even though the menu starts off listing the mains, you'll be served everything in an appropriate order, which means rice last; we were already pretty stuffed by that time and were quite happy with a single serving of the deep, gusty lobster risotto. As of winter 2017/18, you can also look forward to the likes of sesame tofu infused with lobster dashi and the signature Shinka plate, a surf ’n turf number pairing wagyu with perfectly grilled lobster.  Spare an eye for their tableware too: the plates are rather cool, while some of the bowls and cups are made with traditional Japanese pottery techniques. Some of these are for sale on the second floor.  The bill? Surprisingly reasonable, considering what you're eating. Ours came to around ¥15,000, including drinks for two – a splurge, yes, but you'd be paying twice the price if this had been in Ginza. Our only complaint is that their prix fixe me

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Kanagari
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Kanagari

Robata meets sake has never looked – nor tasted – better. This robatayaki (slow-grilling) specialist, tucked away inside an unassuming building in Nishi-Shinjuku, manages to make you feel like you've entered a cave or a dimly lit hunter's hut, with bounty to match. It's also a great place to sample a diverse lineup of warm sake to go with your grilled nibbles. Try to nab a counter seat, from where you’ll see the grill – and the sake-loving manager – in action. The nihonshu is heated, served in traditional aluminium pitchers, and handed to you on a massive paddle. Ask for recommendations for both food and booze, but whatever you do, make sure to have the marutama, a textbook example of a perfect whole roasted sweet onion. Prices may seem a bit steep at first, but portions are rather substantial; take a friend or come with a group so you can share and enjoy the full Kanagari experience.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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Upcoming food events

Manpaku 2018
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Manpaku 2018

Held at Showa Kinen Park, this massive food festival really piles it on. There are 10 different areas, including a dedicated meat section to seafood ones, with anything from juicy steaks and fresh-out-of-the-water seafood donburi to healthy salads on offer. Side events include a tuna cutting show and street performers. It's a gourmet's fantasy, and with last year's edition buzzing from morning to evening, we expect this year to be another belly-filling grand affair. 

Laos Festival
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Laos Festival

The Laos Festival used to be one of the less popular of Yoyogi Park's many colourful celebrations taking place during spring and summer, but it's certainly grown in popularity in recent years. Still, the relative lack of crowds (especially compared to the Thai festival), the relaxed atmosphere and an attractive array of food stands and handicraft stalls make it one of the more pleasant ones. Visitors can also expect a variety of stage appearances by both Laotian and Japanese performers – from traditional dancers to rock stars.

Hot new openings

Tim Ho Wan Hibiya
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Tim Ho Wan Hibiya

Billed as 'the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant', Hong Kong favourite Tim Ho Wan is opening its first restaurant in Japan inside the Hibiya Chanter Bekkan building. Dim sum chef Mak Kwai Pui, who worked at Lung King Heen, a Cantonese-style restaurant at the Four Seasons Hong Kong which was awarded three Michelin stars in four consecutive years, teamed up with partner Leung Fai Keung to bring authentic Hong Kong flavours in a casual setting, and the rest is history. True to its original Hong Kong brother, Tokyo's Tim Ho Wan offers hand-made dim sum, based on original recipes and at reasonable prices. Menu standouts include the baked char siu bao, prawn and garlic chives cheong fun (rice vermicelli rolls; always popular in Hong Kong), their steamed egg cake, and more. Considering the queues at other Tim Ho Wans across the world, we expect this one to be a hot ticket.  Open April 8, 2018

Patisserie & Café Del’Immo Tokyo Midtown Hibiya Branch
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Patisserie & Café Del’Immo Tokyo Midtown Hibiya Branch

Del’Immo Hibiya takes pride in their decadent French style cakes and chocolate confectioneries for which they are best known for. The menu changes with the seasons, so you can try out all sorts of tempting parfaits and sweets all year round. Try out the highly recommended Hibiya store speciality, the Melange Fruits parfait. Watch out, even a spoonful of this luxurious treat might shoot you straight up into chocolate heaven.

Montee
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Montee

Dig into simple but supremely aromatic and flavourful Thai street food at this no-frills joint. It used to be located in one of Asakusa's more obscure indoor alleyways, but relocated to this new outpost in March 2018. Don't let the plastic stools and gaudy colour scheme put you off – the grub is as authentic as it gets. 

Lemonade by Lemonica Shimokitazawa
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Lemonade by Lemonica Shimokitazawa

Opened in early March 2018, this happy spot will get you refreshed no matter what time of year. They specialise in natural lemonades, which are crafted with their original syrups. Those who really like their lemons can rejoice at the rather extensive menu, with anything from Original Lemonade, Soda Lemonade, Strawberry Soda Lemonade to a Master Cleanse Lemonade on offer. It's a perfect treat to cool you down in summer – and remember, when life gives you lemons...

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