The combo of rice and salmon is always popular among sushi fans, who'll want to be among the first to check out this new Harajuku opener. Having started business just a few days before the end of 2017, Kumada deals exclusively in salmon-don, which are bowls of rice topped with various types of the familiar fish.
They're back! After Tokyo's only pineapple ramen specialist closed in Nishi-Ogikubo a couple of years ago, many fans of this mind-bending delicacy despaired. But it seems like you can't keep Papapapapine down: they may have moved all the way out to Machida, but since December 2017 you can savour the exact same bowl of noodles that made the original shop such a hit. The pineapple ramen is made with a soup consisting of a blend of pineapple juice and seafood stock, and offers deep flavours that start with the acidity and sweetness of pineapple, followed by savoury seafood tastes like those of dried sardines and kelp.
A casual Italian joint that's been attracting quite a bit of attention since opening in Nakameguro in November 2017, Rodeo lures in the crowds with kuroge wagyu and seafood grilled over charcoal. While you'll probably need to book in advance for a sit-down dinner, it should be possible to traipse straight into the standing-only bar for a quick sip and bite. The heat from the fire mixes with the warm and welcoming atmosphere, making this one a nice choice for those chilly winter evenings.
If you can't find the exact type of offbeat gyoza flavour combination you're looking for, create your own at this cozy Shibuya dumpling bar, opened in December 2017. Their 'deco gyoza' menu lets you decorate your potstickers with ten types of sauce and 18 different toppings, including coriander, grated cheese, cayenne pepper and mayonnaise. Their customisable lunch sets start at around ¥600 and are well worth exploring.
A popular LA pizza joint that lets you choose your own toppings before baking your pie to order, 800 Degrees made its Japan debut when it opened in Shinjuku in spring 2016. You can look forward to the same customisable, nicely crisp pizzas at this Aoyama outpost, which also offers a few location-specific specials. Chief among these is the Protein Pizza, power-packed with pork, soybeans and eggs (plus broccoli and tomatoes for a little colour), but you'll also want to try the cheese soft serves, flavoured with ample amounts of fresh fromage.
Opened in December 2017 just inside the ticket gates at Ueno Station, this is the second Tokyo outpost of T's Tantan, one of the city's premier vegan ramen purveyors. In addition to noodles, you'll find ginger-fried 'pork', keema curry and vegetable katsu ('pork' cutlet) sandwiches on the menu – all made with soy instead of meat, of course. Stop by on your way through the station and find your favourite.
Who doesn't love the combo of coffee and giant doughnuts? The sister store of Dumbo in Azabu-Juban, Bryant serves up delectable sweet carb delights alongside dark roast coffee from famed Kyoto bean purveyors Arabica in quiet and homely Shoinjinja-mae. The Instagrammable dessert-craze has apparently reached the suburbs already...
After last year's invasion of eateries dealing in super-fluffy, airy, melt-in-your-mouth versions of the humble flapjack died down, we thought the pancake boom was gone for good. No such luck, apparently: one of the main players behind the second coming of Tokyo's ’cake craze, Flipper's is making another push for glory with the opening of this Daikanyama outpost, the chain's first new location this year. Alongside the signature pancakes, topped simply with fruit or the shop's original maple butter cream, the menu lists a Daikanyama-only version covered with milk tea cream and an entire 'La France' brand pear from Yamagata prefecture.
With its stylish interior and well-stocked supply of the much-loved Nico doughnuts, Canvas Tokyo has been turning heads in Hiroo ever since it opened its doors in early October 2015. The café has now extended its operation with this new Daikanyama outpost, which is attempting to lure the capital's Instagrammers with colourful lattes flavoured with ingredients including beetroot and purple sweet potato. The food menu also differs from that of the Hiroo shop, with juicy pulled pork sandwiches and croissant paninis taking centre stage.
Ready to try something new in the yakitori department? Check out this Hanzomon spot, opened in October 2017 and specialising in rare chicken parts paired with sake and wine. The bird bits are procured fresh every morning and turned into three types of omakase (chef's choice) menus of seven, ten and 12 skewers each. The staff are happy to recommend a specific sake or white wine for each skewer, if you're really looking to go all out. At lunchtime, head over early for a chance to try the oyakodon, a bowl of rice covered with runny scrambled eggs and charcoal-grilled Kyo-beni jidori brand chicken. It usually sells out long before closing time.
Uni maniacs, start your engines – this Roppongi restaurant deals all but exclusively in sea urchin dishes, made with creamy orange gold sourced from all over Japan and elsewhere. Uniholic serves up everything from uni taster sets to luxurious pastas incorporating ikura roe and caviar alongside the main attraction. If it's urchin you're after, there should be no going wrong here.
If you've ever craved a decent Neapolitan pizza in Shibuya at 3am but couldn't get into Napoli's, this new Center-gai joint should be of interest: Mean's stays open around the clock, seven days a week, and offers rather competent margheritas for only ¥550. You'll also find over a dozen other types of pizza (including the obligatory corn and cream monstrosity), plus pasta, appetisers and alcohol.
Well-balanced, healthy and delicious meals are what keep Omotesando lunch-hunters coming to this newly opened café, where you get to choose from various teishoku sets of one soup and six side dishes. These include white fish and seasonal vegetables with black vinegar sauce, and fried chicken with yuzu-salted ponzu sauce, while sweet potato parfaits and other guilt-free desserts are offered as well.
Looking to sample fine wagyu but don't care for all that fat? Try this new steakhouse in Shibuya's Kamiyamacho, which specialises in beef from the vast Tokachi agricultural region up in Hokkaido and is named after the Ainu words for 'cow' and 'home'. A leaner type of wagyu, their Tokachi Ohira beef can be sampled in steak, cutlet and minced form, while you'll also find a brief but carefully curated selection of Hokkaido veg and various appetisers on the menu. Open November 22, 2017
We don't really know anyone who has, but if you've always wanted to combine your tea drink and fruit parfait into one messy piece of dessert goodness, there's now a café that caters to your desires. Sitting right by Jiyugaoka Station, Vivace – or to give its full name, Vivace Trend Cafe – serves up cups of iced or milk tea topped with ample amounts of fresh fruit, whipped cream and more. Choose from the seven regular varieties or make your very own concoction, and combine your pick with Vivace's signature crème brûlée donut for the ultimate Insta-licious dessert.