1. メゾン マルノウチ
    Photo: Four Seasons MarunouchiMaison Marunouchi
  2. Sézanne
    Photo: Four Seasons MarunouchiSézanne
  3. 立てば天国
    Photo: Kisa ToyoshimaTateba Tengoku
  4. Taipei Gyoza Choki
    Photo: Taipei Gyoza ChokiTaipei Gyoza Choki
  5. Rubia
    Photo: RubiaRubia
  6. Kopikalyan
    Photo: Kopikalyan Kopikalyan

New restaurants, cafés and bars in Tokyo to try this month

Tokyo's best and most exciting new openings, whether you're looking for a meal, coffee, dessert or even a drink after work

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Time Out Tokyo Editors
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Tokyo is one of the world's greatest food cities. But there's more to explore than just the tried and tested cheap eats, the Michelin-starred eateries and Tsukiji mainstays – no matter how good they are. Go on a food adventure and try out some of these new restaurants, cafés and bars now.

Note: these restaurants/cafés/shops might close early depending on the current Covid-19 measures imposed by the authorities. Please check with the individual outlets for the latest business hours.

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Hot new openings

  • Restaurants
  • Ice-cream parlours
  • Shinjuku

The famed gelato shop Giolitti in Rome opened its very first Japan store in Lumine Est Shinjuku in June. 

Founded in 1900 on the Via Uffici del Vicario, Giolitti is said to be Rome’s oldest ice cream parlour – it was even the official supplier to the Italian royal family. In 1953, it gained international recognition thanks to the film ‘Roman Holiday’ when Audrey Hepburn’s character devoured a gelato cone from Giolitti on the Spanish Steps. Still run by the Giolitti family, the business now has two stores in Rome and outlets as far afield as Kuwait and South Korea. 

Giolitti's Tokyo outpost offers handcrafted gelato made fresh daily using original recipes that give the ice cream its beloved rich taste. Expect classic gelato cones (¥702 single, ¥810 double, ¥918 triple) and cups (¥756 double, ¥864 triple), chocolate-coated ice cream on a stick (mini from ¥367, regular from ¥658) and even ice cream sandwiches (¥669).

If you need help choosing from the myriad of flavours on display, go for one of the classic flavours from the original store such as hazelnut, vanilla, pistachio and tiramisu. For something more daring, try the shop's unique flavours like rice, watermelon or pineapple. 

  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Kyobashi

Distinguished British chef Daniel Calvert heads up Sézanne in Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi, crafting dynamic French cuisine in an elegent space of soft palate and marble by architect and interior designer André Fu. Calvert is a refreshing addition to Tokyo's dining scene, with a highly admired pedigree. His previous role as the head chef at Belon in Hong Kong has propelled the restaurant to international acclaim, earning a Michelin star as well as a top five spot on Asia's 50 Best Restaurants list.

This highly-anticipated new opening in Tokyo promises an intimate dining experience where you can sample Calvert's technique-driven cuisine. The view from the restaurant just adds to the experience as large windows look out onto the train tracks going in and out of Tokyo Station, with the skyscrapers of Marunouchi glittering in the background. 

The omakase lunch and dinner menus are driven by seasonal ingredients sourced from selected producers from across Japan. One of the highlights is the Sézanne sourdough, made with Hokkaido corn that’s dried and turned into polenta plus a homemade yeast developed by Calvert.

Desserts at Sézanne are created by pastry chef Elwyn Boyles while the restaurant’s changing selection of wine, sake and champagne is curated by sommelier Nobuhide Otsuka.

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  • Restaurants
  • Marunouchi

This all-day dining restaurant at the Four Seasons Marunouchi is where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea, all with an amazing view of the shinkansen moving in and out of Tokyo Station. The French bistro is led by Michelin-starred chef Daniel Calvert along with pastry chef Elwyn Boyles, who are turning out twists on bistro classics.

For breakfast, expect specialities including the avocado toast made with the restaurant’s own Sézanne sourdough, yuzu pepper and Thai basil, or the egg hollandaise concocted with organic eggs from Yamanashi prefecture served on a bed of Comté cheese and baby spinach. 

For lunch, choose between two course menus including the Menu du Jour with weekly changing dishes or the Menu Premium, featuring house specialities including steak frites and crème caramel. An a la carte menu is also available for both lunch and dinner with bistro-style options including fish and chips, wagyu beef served in a bourguignon sauce and tandoori-spiced frog legs.

On the weekends, the restaurant turns out its signature Marunouchi Fried Chicken served with a generous number of sides including braised kale, mashed potatoes, cornbread and house pickles. A tangy lemon meringue pie is the perfect sweet finish to the meal.

  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Shinagawa

Turkey is the birthplace of coffee culture, and now you can get the full Turkish coffee experience in Tokyo, at Café and Bar Dogal, which offers traditional Turkish coffee, chai tea and even alcohol. 

The interior has beautiful Arabian lamps hung above the counter, mini persian carpets on seats and kitchenware ornamented with Ottoman patterns to make you feel like you’re in Istanbul. That authenticity is also reflected in the food and drink, as Dogal’s owner imports many ingredients directly from Turkey.

The Turkish coffee is made using very finely ground coffee beans that are boiled with sugar and served in a copper pot called cezve. Dogal’s Turkish chai tea is made with a two-tiered kettle called a chaidanlk that is designed to make the drink much less bitter than your typical chai. The drink menu also has Turkish wine and spirits that are relatively hard to find in Japan, including the anise-flavoured raki. The owner recommends trying it with shargamsuyu, a fermented black carrot juice.

Aside from beverages, Dogal serves Turkish baklava (crispy puff pastry with sweet syrup) provided by Baisade, a Turkish patisserie in Aichi. If you order the Turkish coffee, you’ll find a piece of mastic (plant resin) gum or a lokum (Turkish delight) next to your cup – they’re imported from Divan, a long-established sweet store in Istanbul.

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  • Restaurants
  • Korean
  • Tamachi

Craving KFC? If it’s Korean fried chicken you’re looking for, Choa Chicken has got you covered. This takeout and delivery-only store serves up this popular-style of fried chicken in 10 different preparations. 

You can’t go wrong with the regular crispy fried chicken but consider these other two for bigger flavours: the super spicy fried chicken with a sticky gochujang (Korean sweet-savory red chili paste) glaze as well as another option that’s coated in a sweet soy sauce and topped with garlic chips. For something with a dip, go for the version that’s slathered with tomato sauce and cheese.

Choa’s fried chicken is available in half (300g; from ¥1,408) and full (600g; from ¥2,508) portions. You can also combine two of your favourite flavours on a single plate with the half-and-half option (¥2,838). Also on the menu are the chewy cheese balls with melted cheese filling. There’s even a dessert version with red bean paste filling that’s exclusive to this Mita store.

  • Restaurants
  • Taiwanese
  • Kyodo

Long-established in Taiwan, dumpling shop Choki has now opened its second Tokyo outlet after its first location in Ogikubo was a hit last year. The interior is decked out in neon signs to replicate its main store in Taipei, and the simple tables and stools add to the street food ambience. 

While there are a plethora of Taiwanese dishes to try here including mapo tofu (¥1,078), chili shrimp (¥979) and lu rou fan (braised pork over rice; ¥759), the stars of the menu are – you guessed it – the dumplings, which use chinese chives instead of garlic inside the filling (from ¥319). 

The chef here has trained at the original location in Taipei, so you know the pan fried and steamed dumplings served here will be top notch. And if you’re here with friends, we recommend ordering the mini turntable (¥1,518) that comes with nine side dishes including roasted char siu pork, dan dan potato salad, Taipei-style cucumber kimchi and much more.

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  • Restaurants
  • Shimokitazawa

An unusual combination, this space doubles as a curry restaurant and art gallery. The must-order menu item is the super-dry Kashmir Curry concocted by chef Koichi Isono of the popular restaurant Bombay, while adventurous eaters might want to try the Death Valley Curry with its dangerously high spice level. 

The gallery is curated by creatives from different backgrounds and you’ll find artworks from a range of international artists. If any of the items on display are of interest to you, you can purchase them on Sanzou's online shop. The entire curry menu is also available for takeaway.

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  • Shimokitazawa

Take a whirlwind trip through Asia at this standing izakaya which combines influences from Thailand, India and China with a Japanese twist. Small plates are a bargain, priced from ¥200, including specialities such as Yonezawa beef giblets, tomato in dashi broth, and chicken marinated in a homemade spicy mala sauce. Drinks include classic Hoppy (an old-fashioned low-alcohol beer substitute) and craft gin from small producers. If the weather's nice, take your meal outside to enjoy on the outdoor terrace.

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  • Restaurants
  • Sushi
  • Higashi-Ginza

Set a little away from Ginza’s hustle and bustle, this sushi restaurant reopened in May after a one-year closure. The sleek wooden façade ornamented with a navy noren (traditional Japanese shop curtain) at the entrance and lit by bamboo lamps is discrete and modern. Inside, a 6m-long white wooden counter, cut from a 250-year-old Yoshino cypress and finished by a Nara shrine carpenter, occupies most of the space. 

The cosy and warm atmosphere is perfect to fully appreciate Chef Takeshi Satake’s exquisite horse mackerel, boiled hamaguri clam and steamed tiger prawn sushi included in the omakase course priced at ¥33,000. There is also a private room with a counter for events and private bookings of up to five people.

The restaurant doesn't have a website, but bookings are available by phone.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Izakaya
  • Gakugei-Daigaku

Beers and lemon sours are the usual drinks on offer at an izakaya, but Chawari Gakugeidaigaku offers 100 different tea-based cocktails, known as chawari in Japanese. 

There are ten types of teas ranging from matcha and genmaicha, to like Earl Gray and butterfly pea, which will be mixed with your choice of liquor. Each drink costs between ¥400 to ¥600 depending on the combination you choose. If you want to skip out on the alcohol, no problem – the bartender will fix you up a delicious mocktail instead.

Not only will you find a plethora of drink choices here, there’s just as much choice in how you enjoy the venue’s karaage fried chicken. You can choose among ten different cuts of chicken including the thigh, skin and liver, and pick from condiments and flavours like soy sauce, ume plum, curry and wasabi to change it up.

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  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Shibuya

Down a hidden alleyway in the heart of Shibuya, Rubia serves its creative modern Mexican cuisine from 8am daily. The venue opened in late 2020, a collaboration between Mexican restaurateur Edo Kobayashi, who is behind a host of Japanese restaurants in Mexico, and Sarasa, owner of Tokyo’s Casa De Sarasa. 

The stylish, relaxed setting is spread over two floors: the first floor is the restaurant, while the second floor is the ‘mixology lounge’ (open from 5pm). The breakfast set meals are a good deal for the calibre of food and location – a salad, soup and three tacos of your choice for ¥1,980. 

The soup base varies seasonally (ours was cauliflower) and is served with bright dots of herb and chilli-infused oils; the tacos are modern, Japanese twists on Mexican classics. We love the taco of juicy lamb barbacoa with red cabbage, and the taco that combines grilled manganji peppers with baby corn and onion-yuzu cream. 

Aside from tacos, you can opt for Flautas Ahogadas – filling of pork or chicken wrapped in tortillas and served in an aromatic mole sauce, or go for a more traditional brekkie with a hardy continental breakfast, or granola with yoghurt and fresh fruit.

  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Ginza

Ditch the convenience store onigiri rice balls for the ones at Bimi Musubi Uma, each made to order and served warm. The standard lunch set menu (¥900) comes with a small bowl of soup curry, two appetisers of the day, housemade pickles and one plain onigiri wrapped in seaweed. For an additional ¥100, you can make that two onigiri, or if you think you can eat three rice balls, just chip in an extra ¥200. 

You can also opt for fillings like tuna mayo, ume shirasu (plum and whitebait), and mentaiko (pollock roe) for an extra ¥50 if you want to change it up.

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  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Ikejiri-Ohashi

Kichijoji’s popular Tacos Shop has opened a second outlet closer to central Tokyo, just a few minutes away from Ikejiriohashi Station. Here you’ll find Mexican tacos being served as early as 8am, with traditional fillings like carnitas, suadero (beef) and shrimp as well as unique flavour combinations like ricotta cheese and passion fruit. Plus, there’s even a vegan-friendly option: maitake mushroom ‘chorizo’ wrapped inside a house-made tortilla.

Tacos start from ¥400 each, but the weekday lunch deal is also a bargain: from 11am-3pm, ¥1,200 gets you two tacos and your choice of salad or soup. A takeout taco box (¥1,000) is also available throughout the day.

But where the store really shines is its breakfast menu. Choose from a range of morning tacos, including grilled cheese and bacon and egg, from ¥300 each, or get the huevos rancheros – a classic Mexican breakfast of eggs and salsa on a tortilla (¥600). The hearty ¥1,800 Good Morning Set gives you a choice of two tacos or huevos rancheros, soup, salad, yogurt and a drink on the side.

  • Restaurants
  • Yokohama Station area

If you can’t decide what to eat, visit this yokocho alleyway just minutes away from Yokohama’s main station. The seven izakayas here are all local favourites and the range is unbeatable. There’s Fish and Sake Hanatare serving seafood dishes, Maruki offers some of the best yakisoba in town with thick, chewy noodles and original sauce, plus yakitori from Motsushige, the famous Fukuoka-style motsunabe hotpot at Numata and wagyu yakiniku at Shigekichi

If you’re looking for somewhere to grab a drink and a light meal, we recommend Beef Kitchen, which serves up affordable small plates like beef steak for ¥290. For something more international, Kanbei is stocked with all the Korean staples like bibimbap (¥780), chijimi scallion pancakes (¥680) and samgyeopsal grilled pork belly (¥1,080 for one).

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  • Restaurants
  • Kyobashi
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Whether at lunch or at dinner, Kyobashi's Isehiro will never let a yakitori-lover down. This long-established yakitori shop in Ginza has been serving skewered meat for over 100 years. Some things have changed in that time – the restaurant recently moved across the street from its original building, upgrading its interior and ventilation system in the process – but the food remains as delicious as ever. 

The lunch bowl (yakitori-don, from ¥1,080) maintains the same high quality as the dinner courses (from ¥4,950), both of which allow visitors to taste several different cuts of chicken, all flavoured differently and showcasing different textures. You can choose anywhere from three to nine skewers, but we recommend the five-skewer bowl (¥1,900), which contains lean sasami breast, chicken thighs, tsukune meatballs, chicken skin and liver. You can also opt for a lunch set menu (¥3,950), which comes with nine different skewers and a side of chicken broth soup.

  • Restaurants
  • Shibuya

This creepy crawly restaurant specialises in dishes made with insects. That may not sound appealing at first, but we know it’ll be gourmet, considering that the meals at Eat for E are created by Shusaku Toba, owner of Michelin-starred restaurant Sio

The food here is all about sustainability, and each dish is topped with finely ground insect powder or dried insects. Try the gapao rice (¥1,322), salad bowl (¥1,210) or a warm cup of soup (¥330), all of which are high in protein from those dried insects, and wash it down with a side of hoji-kocha tea (¥599) steeped with dried crickets.

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  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Takashimadaira

How do you usually drink your coffee? This coffee shop in Itabashi serves your favourite brew in wine glasses. It’s not as strange as it sounds – just as it does for wine, the glass is said to preserve the taste of the coffee and its shape accentuates the aroma of the brew.

The shop has about six different types of in-house roasted coffee beans with different levels of intensity: Ethiopia (bright fruity flavours), the house Viva Blend (light medium roast with a floral taste), Guatemala (medium roast with sweet, chocolate flavour notes), Kenya (medium deep roast with brightly acidic notes), Mandheling (deep roast with strong bitterness), and even café au lait blend mix.

In addition to regular coffee, the venue also has original drinks, brewing coffee with hot sake instead of still water, or mixing tonic water with iced cold brew. For those on the go, you can always order takeaway or buy some of Viva’s roasted beans at the counter.

  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Kiyosumi

Omotesando’s Koffee Mameya has become a mainstay in Tokyo’s coffee scene, serving up excellent brews while also selling coffee beans from around the world. The only downside of the shop, though beautifully designed, is that there is no seating, so you can’t linger over a cuppa.

Good news: Koffee Mameya has finally given its fans the proper café space they’ve been craving with Koffee Mameya Kakeru, a stylish coffee haven nestled amongst the cool cafés in Kiyosumi-Shirakawa, Tokyo’s self-proclaimed coffee town.

Koffee Mameya Kakeru isn’t your average coffee shop, though. While you can purchase beans and drinks for takeaway up front, the back of the store is reserved for serious coffee drinkers looking to explore and taste different roasts, coffee cocktails and even sweets. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Harajuku

Jakarta’s Kopikalyan has opened its very first overseas branch right here in Tokyo, bringing its home-grown Indonesian coffee beans to Tokyo’s eager caffeine hunters. The café sits on prime real estate in the heart of Harajuku, and boasts a spacious seating area with soft pastel-accented interiors and large windows bringing in plenty of natural light.

The arabica beans are sourced directly from farmers and processed at Kopikalyan's own roastery in Indonesia. At the café, you'll be able to sample similar drinks to those on offer at the original shop in Jakarta, along with non-coffee beverages, snacks and light meals. 

Lattes are served on sleek wooden boards and come with a complimentary slice of pandan sponge cake. Other bites include crisp tempeh fries, honey butter toast and the café’s signature Kalyan coffee jelly. If you find a roast that you enjoy, you can also purchase beans to bring home with you.

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  • Harajuku

This Western-style bakery in Harajuku has recently moved to a bigger space, just two minutes away from its original location. It now has an eat-in area in the back decorated with  a vintage interior, so you’ll feel like you’ve just stepped into a café in Brooklyn.

You’ll find 30 types of bread and pastries, all freshly baked every morning, including classic chocolate croissants (¥310), cinnamon rolls and loaves of bread (from ¥280), plus special items such as the red bean paste and butter ball sandwich (¥420) and sausage and prosciutto rolls (¥450). Doughnuts from sister shop Good Town Donuts are also in stock, as well as vegan baked goods that are egg and dairy-free.

Those who opt to eat in will have a wider menu to choose from, including new breakfast items like granola and avocado toast, more lunch appropriate brioche sandwiches and even New York-style pizza. We recommend coming here for lunch (11am-2pm daily) and getting a set deal, which comes with a side of salad and your drink of choice.

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  • Kamakura

Japanese confectionery shop Hanabishi specialises in daifuku (sweet chewy rice cakes), but instead of a standard red bean paste centre, the treats feature a range of fruit fillings. The daifuku here use premium quality fruit sourced directly from farmers, which are then wrapped in a thin layer of white bean paste and habutae mochi, a higher quality type of mochi (sweet rice cake) that has a smooth and silky texture.

You’ll find classics like ichigo (strawberry) daifuku as well as more unusual creations including grape, melon, mango, fig, pineapple and even a giant daifuku made with a whole mikan (orange). There are around a dozen kinds of daifuku on offer daily, but the menu changes depending on what’s in season. Hanabishi's daifuku are so delicate and well-made that when they are sliced in half using a piece of thread, you'll see a beautiful reveal of the hidden fruit in cross section.

You can purchase some to take home or enjoy them in-store with some green tea to complement the sweet treats.

  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Oshiage

Nara’s famed and long-established fruit shop opened its first café in Tokyo as a follow-up to its small boutique inside Shibuya Scramble. It has plenty of fruit parfaits including chocolate banana (¥1,480) and grapefruit (¥1,530), as well as a Solamachi-exclusive double decker strawberry parfait (from ¥4,300), which comes with two parfaits stacked on top of each other. 

The fruit sandwich (¥1,000) is particularly unique here, using brown bread instead of white, with six kinds of fruit and, of course, a generous layer of whipped cream. If you’re willing to splurge an additional ¥280, go for the premium sandwich, which is packed with a seasonal fruit that changes every few months. There are also plenty of thirst-quenching fruit juices and smoothies on offer, too.

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  • Shopping
  • Chocolate and sweets
  • Gakugei-Daigaku

You’ll find only one thing at this specialist confectionery near Gakugeidaigaku Station – plump, premium ichigo daifuku. This is a popular Japanese sweet, where a whole fresh strawberry is encased in a ball of sweet bean paste and wrapped in a thin outer layer of chewy mochi.

Aka doesn’t use any additives in its ichigo daifuku and all the ingredients are sourced locally, so expect it to taste better than the ones you get from your local supermarket. There are two or three kinds of ichigo daifuku on offer daily, ranging from about ¥390 to ¥580 a pop depending on the type of strawberry. Plus, only 200 of each kind are made per day, so get there early or call and reserve before heading over.

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  • Omotesando

Swiss chocolatier Lindt has opened a shiny new flagship store in Omotesando, introducing visitors to both the brand's history and its chocolate.

Scented with sweet chocolate notes, the showcase store is divided into two areas. The Heritage Area details Lindt’s 175-year history, as well as innovations it pioneered that changed the chocolate industry. Meanwhile, the Lindor Moment Area, exclusively designed for Japan, is dedicated to the iconic, creamy Lindor chocolate balls. 

There’s even a vending machine where you can insert a special Lindt coin, choose your preferred Lindor flavour, and see a chocolate ball slide down the chute. Plus, you’ll see a short-film about the story of the chocolate you chose.

The store also has a café with more than 20 chocolate drinks, which are all available for takeaway, including limited seasonal flavours like Lindt Strong Iced Chocolate Matcha. If you can’t make it to the store in person, take a virtual tour online from June 15.

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