Restaurants & Cafés

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

Best lamb restaurants in Tokyo
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Best lamb restaurants in Tokyo

Here’s where to get your fix of lamb chops, shanks, steak or shabu shabu in the capital

Best budget sushi in Tokyo
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Best budget sushi in Tokyo

Forget the pricey omakase sushi – try these cheap and cheerful conveyor-belt and standing sushi restaurants instead

The 10 things you must eat in Tokyo
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The 10 things you must eat in Tokyo

As one of the world's greatest food cities, the choices in Tokyo can be overwhelming. So start these 10 iconic Tokyo-born dishes

Guide to Japanese desserts in Tokyo
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Guide to Japanese desserts in Tokyo

Got a sweet tooth? You've come to the right city as Tokyo offers many decadent Japanese desserts including kakigori, wagashi and more

The 100 best restaurants in Tokyo you have to try
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The 100 best restaurants in Tokyo you have to try

Feast your eyes on the best restaurants in Tokyo: from hearty cheap eats to modern Japanese cuisine and Michelin-starred stalwarts

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Kabi
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Kabi

At this modern Japanese restaurant, local ingredients are front and centre, but interpreted through the new Nordic approach to food

Kyorakutei
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Kyorakutei

Kyorakutei is a good place to get an education in soba. This old-school restaurant in the backstreets of Kagurazaka features a grinder in its storefront window, where the noodle master makes soba by hand. You’ll also get to compare the two different types of buckwheat noodles: the regular soba, which is made by cutting a small percentage of wheat flour, and the juwari soba that’s a craft by itself as it uses pure 100 percent buckwheat. Darker in colour compared to the regular soba, the juwari soba at Kyorakutei is one of the best we’ve had. The texture is firm with a bit of give, and it has a beautiful nuttiness that makes it delicious even on its own. The best way to appreciate the texture and flavour is to eat it cold with a side of dipping broth. We also have to tip our hats off to Kyorakutei for executing its tempura with great finesse when most noodle restaurants simply treat theirs as merely a cursory accompaniment to soba or udon. Get the seasonal tempura, especially when pike conger and ayu (sweetfish) are in season. There’s more items on the menu – from udon and hiyamugi (thin and light wheat noodles that’s prevalent in summer) to grilled conger eel (anago) and sake – but for first timers, you can’t go wrong with the soba and tempura.

Fukuan
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Fukuan

This tempura specialist, which opened in 2017, is run by Akihiko Nakajima, who is a former apprentice of Tetsuya Saotome (owner of Mikawa Zezankyo, who is often dubbed as the master of tempura). The restaurant was originally a popular lunchtime spot as it offered a rice bowl heaped with ten pieces of shrimp tempura for just ¥650.  As of summer 2018, Fukuan only serves a ¥3,500 dinner course for those eager to try a variety of seasonal tempura. The 12-item meal starts with Fukuan’s signature deep-fried breaded shrimp and concludes with a warm bowl of ochazuke. You may be surprised at how light the meal is from start to finish and it’s not the least bit greasy – all thanks to chef Nakajima’s skillful frying technique that adds a crispy layer to the ingredients without losing their natural texture and flavour.

Land
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Land

Land is a small Meguro restaurant with a big ambition – to reinvent the Japanese curry. Mr Naito, the bearded, bespectacled chef-owner whose bicycle hangs from the wall by the entrance, says he wants to make Japanese curry as distinctive and highly regarded as its Indian or Thai equivalents. Judging by the food Time Out sampled, he’s well on the way to achieving his goal after just a year and half in business. Japanese curry sometimes eschews aesthetic arrangements and culinary sophistication for the unrefined guilty pleasures of a heaped rice, a few lumps of meat and a one-dimensional brown sauce. But Land’s new-wave curries (¥1,500-¥1,900) are something else entirely.  Naito’s complex, aromatic sauce, made with chicken stock, onion, garlic and a 15-spice mix, performs gymnastics on the tongue. The rice is topped with artistic panache – the vegetable and fruit curry includes flame-grilled courgette, sweet potato, fennel and edible rose petals, as well as a side of mashed potato. Other winning touches: a rare consideration for veganism (sundried tomato and navy bean soup), excellent Kona beer sold by the bottle, several healthy salad options, and an innovative range of chais and cocktails. One word of warning. Don’t go before a hot date. Unless the person you’re meeting finds the smell of onions and garlic attractive, that is.

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Best izakaya in Tokyo
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Best izakaya in Tokyo

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite English-friendly izakaya: the same rowdy fun, but without the language barriers

Best cheap Michelin-star meals in Tokyo
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Best cheap Michelin-star meals in Tokyo

Michelin-starred restaurants aren’t all expensive. Here’s where and how you can enjoy a top-rated meal for about ¥1,000 – or less

Best kaiseki restaurants in Tokyo
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Best kaiseki restaurants in Tokyo

The traditional multi-course kaiseki dinner is considered the epitome of Japanese cuisine, and these dedicated restaurants are the best in Tokyo

Best coffee in Tokyo
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Best coffee in Tokyo

The capital is now one of the world’s great coffee cities, with more specialist shops than most people can hope to visit in a lifetime

Modern Japanese restaurants in Tokyo
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Modern Japanese restaurants in Tokyo

Japanese food with a twist: these innovative restaurants are paving the way for a modern interpretation of Japanese cuisine

Best abura soba in Tokyo
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Best abura soba in Tokyo

Love ramen? Try its lesser known cousin abura soba, the soup-less 'oil noodles'

Food events

Ice Cream Expo Aipaku Tokyo at Ginza Mitsukoshi
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Ice Cream Expo Aipaku Tokyo at Ginza Mitsukoshi

The event in Ginza Mitsukoshi brings together over 100 flavours from vendors across the country

Tokyo Wagyu Show
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Tokyo Wagyu Show

Expect 14 wagyu brands and 24 wagyu speciality shops to compete for your attention

Best food and drink festivals in Tokyo
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Best food and drink festivals in Tokyo

We round up the city's best gourmet festivals – from umeshu and coffee to oden, vegan eats and lots of sake

Time Out Tokyo x Wagyumafia
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Time Out Tokyo x Wagyumafia

We’re teaming up with beef specialist Wagyumafia for another dinner event. For those who didn’t get a chance to attend our exclusive Wagyu night back in March, you’ll get another chance to dine on some of Japan’s best Wagyu beef. At this special yakiniku night on May 20, you’ll get to experience WM by Wagyumafia, the world’s most expensive standing yakiniku joint, which is usually only open to members. However, for this special evening, WM by Wagyumafia is welcoming anyone who wants to join in on this indulgent Wagyu dinner. The name 'Wagyumafia' may ring a bell for those who have drooled over its famed Wagyu cutlet sandwich that's been hailed as the world’s most extravagant sando. However, you’ll get to taste something more premium and indulgent at this beefy dinner. Come hungry and expect to be wowed by top cuts of Wagyu beef and unparalleled knowledge that will help further your appreciation for this high-quality Japanese speciality. Hisato Hamada and Takafumi Horie – the two personalities behind Wagyumafia – will be at the event, showcasing food demonstrations and live cooking while sharing their love for Japanese Wagyu. During the dinner, you'll get to sample a variety of cuts from this premium beef, so you can really learn to appreciate the difference in taste and texture. Plus, you get to cook the beef to your liking over custom-made shichirin grills. It’s really the ultimate dinner for all Wagyu lovers out there. There are three seatings (7pm and 9pm), limited to 2

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Hot new openings

Yakiniku Reimen Yuchun
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Yakiniku Reimen Yuchun

Hawaiian yakiniku and cold noodle specialist Yuchun has opened its first Tokyo outpost in Roppongi...

Il Panzerotto
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Il Panzerotto

Italy’s panzerotto (a small, deep-fried calzone-like pizza) now has its own specialty shop in Tokyo's posh Daikanyama area...

Taiyaki Anzu
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Taiyaki Anzu

If you’re craving a traditional Japanese sweet treat, then drop by at this small taiyaki shop in Negishi...

Yakitori Shinchan
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Yakitori Shinchan

You can order yakitori sticks starting from just ¥180 for mainstays like chicken with scallion, breast meat and tsukune meatballs...

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The best places for green tea in Tokyo
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The best places for green tea in Tokyo

Here are the capital's top ten cafés and tea houses for enjoying authentic Japanese ryokucha (green tea) and matcha

Best spicy ramen in Tokyo
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Best spicy ramen in Tokyo

Tokyo has more noodle joints than you can shake a stick at, especially when it comes to ramen. The ubiquitous noodle dish is complex in its own right, with its wide variety of toppings and soups that take years to perfect. Aside from the classic tonkatsu (pork), there are also chicken and fish broths, and various combinations of the three. In recent years, you’ll also find restaurants peddling vegan ramen. While Japanese flavours don't usually lean towards the spicy side of things, you can still find chili- and pepper-infused dishes in Tokyo, like these game-changing bowls of spicy ramen. Eager to sample a hot bowl? Be warned: these ramen really do pack a punch, and you'll love it.

Ultimate guide to wagashi
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Ultimate guide to wagashi

Wagashi are the dainty Japanese sweets made for teatime. But can you tell your daifuku from your monaka and dorayaki?

Best 24-hour restaurants in Tokyo
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Best 24-hour restaurants in Tokyo

Where to find food whatever the hour in Shinjuku, Akasaka, Shibuya and Roppongi

Ultimate guide to yakitori
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Ultimate guide to yakitori

Here's a photo menu to help you identify and order the different chicken parts in a classic yakitori meal