Terrific Tokyo: A Gourmet Guide

The Tokyo skyline at night.

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The Tokyo skyline at night.

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http://www.falstaff.com/nd/terrific-tokyo-a-gourmet-guide/ Terrific Tokyo: A Gourmet Guide Tokyo is not just a city – it is a universe in itself. One lifetime isn't enough to taste all the fantastic food available on every corner. Here is our insider’s guide. http://www.falstaff.com/fileadmin/_processed_/5/8/csm_tokyo-flavour_a07ad3680a.jpg

Restaurants

Japanese - Sushi 

Sukiyabashi Jiro

This is the ultimate sushi experience bar none. Follow the staff’s guidance on all aspects of the meal and ask for omakase and be transported. sushi-jiro.jp

Midori -Zushi Main Branch Umegaoka

The legend began here. Go mid-afternoon on a Saturday and be prepared to queue. Insist on sitting at the counter. Fresh, fabulous and different every time. sushinomidori.co.jp

Japanese - Tonkatsu 

Tonki, Meguro

Simply the best. Accept no substitute. The coating on the pork is unique as is the precise technique of the chefs who create it in front of you. The fillet is highly recommended. No website.

Japanese -Tempura 

Tsunohachi Shinjuku

Founded in 1923. Sit at the counter. In season, the meal might begin with the tiniest of crispy ayu or ‘sweet fish.’ Order omakase and close your eyes. Perfection. tunahachi.co.jp

Jiro Ono, left, and his team of sushi chefs practising their art.

Jiro Ono, left, and his team of sushi chefs practising their art.

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Japanese - Izakaya 

Uokatsu, Azabu Ju-Ban

Ask to sit downstairs. Always bustling with waitresses holding frosted glasses of chilled beer. Order the daily specials. The aji fry is sublime, as are the oysters – when they have any left. 

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Japanese - Yakitori

Torishige Ginza 

A venerable institution. It is all wonderful. But the liver is spectacular. Be sure to order the curry pilaf rice at the end. People travel hundreds of kilometres for this alone. 

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Japanese - In a class of its own

Odajima, Roppongi

One of my top restaurants in the world. For more than 40 years, the charming and erudite Mr Odajima has been pairing western wines from around the globe by the glass with his fabulous seasonal fare. Be sure to reserve a seat at the counter and enjoy. odajima.info

Sukiyabashi Jiro is the ultimate sushi experience bar none.

Sukiyabashi Jiro is the ultimate sushi experience bar none.

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International Cuisine: 

French fine dining

Les Saisons, The Imperial Hotel

There are simply not enough superlatives to do justice to the cuisine of Thierry Voisin and his brigade of chefs. imperialhotel.co.jp

French brasserie 

Le Petit Tonneau, Toranomon

The grande dame of Tokyo brasseries. Philippe Baton has been running things for more than 30 years. Ask for the daily specials. Note that the “very special” beef is really very special indeed. petitonneau.com

Italian

Dal Birbante Giacondo, Meguro

The most authentic Roman cuisine outside Rome. Seasonal, fresh and perfectly executed. Our favourite? Wagyu Trippa a la Romana. Ask for one of their selections of amari as an aperitif.

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British pub 

The Hobgoblin Roppongi

British pub. An institution that for some is like a second home. Guest ales on tap. Great food for nostalgics and simply the best fish and chips south of Watford, England. hobgoblin.jp

The Oak Bar at the Tokyo Station Hotel is not usually so empty. Make sure you reserve a spot and order the famous Gimlet cocktail, right.

The Oak Bar at the Tokyo Station Hotel is not usually so empty. Make sure you reserve a spot and order the famous Gimlet cocktail, right.

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Bars

Bar Oak, Tokyo Station Hotel, Marunouchi

Reservations are a must. Ask for a Gimlet and either relax into a Chesterfield sofa or sit at the bar and admire the view. tokyostationhotel.jp/restaurants/oak

Cinq, Ginza

Fabulous hideaway. Great selection of wines by the glass that changes regularly. We recommend you sip English Sparkling Wine. ginza-cinq.com

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, Roppongi

A hidden gem. Go during their happy hour, sit at the bar and enjoy fabulous cocktails and line your stomach with their great steak sandwich. wolfgangssteakhouse.jp


Yona Yona Beer Works, Ebisu

Similar to other countries Japan has undergone a microbrewery revolution. What better place to sample Japan’s favourite craft ale? Try a Yona Yona, the beer that started it all here by the pint. yonayonabeerworks.com

Bar Cask Strength, Roppongi
Worn out after a night in Roppongi? On the way home, call in here and relax. Go late and stay late to enjoy a fabulous selection of whiskies by the glass. The bar refers to itself as a “sanctuary.“ cask-s.com

Various sweet delights for afternoon tea at Shiseido Parlour.

Various sweet delights for afternoon tea at Shiseido Parlour.

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Cafés, Tea Houses, Gelaterias

Arega, Meguro

Sublime pizza and gelato made fresh every morning. The coffee is outstanding. They even offer a caffe corretto which has saved us many times on a Sunday. Opens at 11am. aregapizza.com

Traditional Japanese coffee shop

Café Paulista, Ginza

Opened in 1911. The first establishment to offer Brazilian coffee in Japan. Café Florestal is a must order. paulista.co.jp


Afternoon Tea

Shiseido Parlour, Ginza

True style. True elegance. Oddly, given the cakes and sweet delights, we most recommend the fried shrimp sandwiches. parlour.shiseido.co.jp

The food department at Mitsukoshi main store is a paradise for food shoppers.

The food department at Mitsukoshi main store is a paradise for food shoppers.

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Shopping

Mitsukoshi Main Store, Nihombashi

The B1F floor of Japan’s oldest department store has a food market of incredible diversity and a glorious selection of fresh seasonal produce which you can often sample before buying. Imagine 20-30 different kinds of tomatoes. The sheer number of varieties of strawberries or peaches is staggering. Then there is a vast range of Japanese and international food specialities. But beware, food shopping will never be the same again after you have been spoilt for choice like this. Simply a paradise. mistore.jp/store/nihombashi

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