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  1. ジュリア
  2. ジュリア
  3. ジュリア
    Photo: Keisuke Tanigawa Chef Nao (right) and her sommelier husband Kenichiro Motohashi
  4. ジュリア

Time Out says

With female chefs unfortunately still a rarity in Tokyo’s culinary circles, the woman behind the counter at contemporary American restaurant Julia stands out. But chef Nao, who goes by a mononymous name, isn’t interested in being labelled by gender. A former PR professional, she switched careers around a decade ago, honing her skills at several French restaurants in Japan before opening her own restaurant with husband and sommelier Kenichiro Motohashi. 

Now based in Jingumae, where her counter-dining restaurant only seats ten people at a time, Nao pours her passion into her wine-pairing menu featuring 8-12 dishes every month. While the menu changes seasonally, one recurring dish diners can look forward to during every visit is the restaurant’s signature pulled pork slider, heavenly miniature burgers packed with smoky, deliciously fatty pulled pork, fresh apple and house-made barbecue sauce flavoured with pineapple juice and tomato.

The omakase dinner is ¥19,000, which includes a wine pairing. Non-alcoholic pairings are also available upon request.


3-1-25 Jingumae, Shibuya
Omotesando Station (Ginza, Chiyoda, Hanzomon lines)
Opening hours:
Lunch 12.30pm-3pm, dinner 5pm-8pm, closed Wed
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