Julia

Restaurants, Contemporary American Harajuku
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Chef Nao (right) and her sommelier husband Kenichiro Motohashi
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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 Nao, who goes by only one name and opened her own place in March 2017, 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 teaming up with sommelier Kenichiro Motohashi in opening a wine-focused eatery up in Tsukuba. Now based in Jingumae, where her 10-seat restaurant has only one communal table (yes, reservations are hard to come by), Nao pours her passion into dishes such as a range of heavenly sliders – miniature burgers packed with smoky, deliciously fatty pulled pork, fresh apple and house-made barbecue sauce flavoured with pineapple juice and tomato. A Japanese touch is provided by ingredients including soy sauce, wasabi and diligently prepared dashi. You can look forward to a different eight-course dinner every month, but practically every dish is meant to be eaten with your hands – knives and forks are the exception. Omakase dinner ¥19,000, with wine pairing.

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Address: 3-1-25 Jingumae, Shibuya
Tokyo

Transport: Omotesando Station (Ginza, Chiyoda, Hanzomon lines)
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Opening hours: 8pm-10pm, closed Tue

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