The best Tokyo restaurant openings in 2016, so far

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Franze & Evans | Time Out Tokyo
By Time Out Tokyo Editors |

By Sarah Crago

Tokyo’s dining scene changes fast, but keeping track of all the new restaurants, cafés and stands opening across the city every month can feel exhausting and almost hopeless. That's where we come in: check out our wrap-up of the best new restaurants on the block, all opened over the first half of 2016, and prepare to salivate.

New openings top 5, January-June

Restaurants, Italian

Franze & Evans

icon-location-pin Harajuku

A good salad is surprisingly hard to find in Tokyo. They tend to fall into two camps – bland but healthy, or laden with so much fattening dressing you might as well eat a burger. Thank the stars then for the light, creative salads offered by Franze & Evans, which opened in Omotesando earlier this year. This deli-style café is an import from Shoreditch in east London – and happily the hip vibe has survived the trip...

Restaurants, Greek

The Apollo

icon-location-pin Ginza

At last, a contemporary Greek restaurant has landed in Tokyo. Two well-known Australian restaurateurs, Jonathan Barthelmess and Sam Christie, have brought their award-winning Sydney restaurant The Apollo to Tokyu Plaza Ginza. The space occupies a prime position on the top floor, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows offering a 270-degree view over the city. Exposed concrete and pared-down fittings lend a relaxed and modern feel to the space...

Shopping, Specialist food and drink

Ginza Sembikiya Tsukiji

icon-location-pin Tsukiji

The fruit sandwich at Ginza Sembikiya Tsukiji is what lunchbox dreams are made of. Abandon your tired ham and cheese affairs and embrace fresh strawberries, crisp slices of apple, melon, peach and crunchy chestnut, all slathered with whipped cream and sandwiched between sliced white bread, crusts removed of course. Opened over 120 years ago, the Ginza Sembikiya shop has a longstanding reputation...

Restaurants, Italian


icon-location-pin Shinjuku

In a secluded garden oasis far from the bustling streets below, Rosemary’s brings New York’s West Village to a rooftop in Shinjuku. Atop the sixth floor of the newly opened Newoman shopping complex, Rosemary’s is a New York-style Italian restaurant with a focus on seasonal organic produce. A vast terrace sits smartly amongst the lush surrounds and guests are free to wander up the stairs to the rooftop kitchen garden...

Restaurants, Yakiniku


icon-location-pin Nakameguro

Wild game has yet to make much headway in Japan, but Yakiyama is looking to change all that with its Nakameguro opening. Their main restaurant is located in Oita prefecture on the island of Kyushu, where the concept is a simple one – to hunt wild animals that are a nuisance to crops and local farmers, and serve them grilled over hot coals. The surrounds are far more urban here, but the grilling part remains the same...

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