All posts tagged "Restaurants"

  • Five of the Best Gourmet Hot Chocolates in Tokyo

    If it hadn’t been for Van Houten’s invention of cocoa press which became the global template for all fine chocolates, this velvety drink wouldn’t have existed today. High quality cocoa powder usually comes from European countries. The...

    • Posted February 1, 2018
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  • Love “Ichigo”? Take the family to the Strawberry Fair at the Alice-in-Wonderland-themed “Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant”

    Instagram-worthy strawberry-themed desserts galore! Who needs Disneyland when you can have this within a quick distance from Tokyo? Until February 28, Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant’s four Tokyo restaurants will be dishing out Alice-in-Wonderland-themed desserts.  The star of the...

    • Posted January 28, 2018
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  • A New York Style Café Whips Over-The-Top Desserts

    If you have to create a map of cafés that serve the best desserts in Tokyo, Harajuku will no doubt be on the top of the list.  From fancy crepes to elaborately decorated pancakes, Harajuku cafés and...

    • Posted December 23, 2017
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  • A noodle restaurant for those who don’t eat pork

    When temperatures drop, nothing is as comforting as a bowl of piping hot ramen.  But since the rise of Japanese ramen as an international culinary trend, many muslims and vegetarians have been left out. Recently, the Japanese...

    • Posted December 15, 2017
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  • Mamma Luisa’s Table

    A convivial atmosphere is just as important as the food for this eatery with a warm, Tuscan vibe. by Jackie Emoto   After a two-decade stint at Tokyo’s upscale restaurants, Florence-born food artisan, Pietro Androsoni, realized that...

    • Posted November 13, 2017
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  • Latté Art Comes in Rainbow Colors at Roar Coffee House and Roastery

    Coffee geeks in Tokyo are crazy about Latté Art, a decorating technique that creates different patterns in a coffee cup using frothy milk and a skilled hand.   The addition of art to milk-based coffee invented by...

    • Posted November 11, 2017
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  • Kagurazaka, a charming mix of French and Japanese culture

    Head for the slopes and alleys of Kagurazaka for a French-flavoured outing. The little enclave of narrow streets and bistros nestled on the slope might not quite be Montmartre but with its narrow alleyways from old Edo...

    • Posted October 26, 2017
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  • Ajinomoto Spices Up Gyoza’s Appeal To Attract Foreigners

    The world is craving for Japanese food. The interest in Japanese food is said to be increasing according to the latest statistics by UNESCO.  As of January 13, there are about 55,000 Japanese restaurants registered abroad and...

    • Posted September 26, 2017
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  • Terrace Dining With A View

    Now that summer is officially here, treat yourself to a restaurant with a good view. The private terrace with the panoramic view of Tokyo Bay at Italian restaurant “Ristorante Mangiare” in Odaiba opens to the public starting...

    • Posted May 31, 2017
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  • Namja Town

    Fukuburo Dessert Yokocho is, in fact, one of two food theme parks located within the indoor theme park of Namco’s Namja Town in Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City, a large commercial complex in Ikebukuro.  If this all sounds confusing,...

    • Posted May 28, 2017
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  • Manrikiya Japanese Noodle restaurant

    “Irrashaimasse!” At the Manrikiya noodle shop, customers really feel like they are being welcomed into someone’s warm, homey kitchen. While noodles and other tasty dishes are filling the open kitchen with steam, staff in colorful headscarves bustle...

    • Posted May 27, 2017
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  • World’s Best Chocolate Cake

    The dizzying number of industry competitors in Japan isn’t enough to stop Spanish patissier bubó BARCELONA from setting up shop in the land of the rising sun. The reason? It makes the best artisanal chocolate cake in the...

    • Posted May 21, 2017
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  • Shaved Ice From Korea

    The only way to survive the hot summer months in Asia is by eating shaved ice or kakigori. However, shaved ice is served in many styles. In Japan, kakigori is often topped with different types of syrup...

    • Posted May 20, 2017
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  • Where to find French fries stalls in Tokyo

    Months after Canada’s favorite Robson Fries opened its Shimokitazawa store in June 2013, French fry purveyor And the Friet set up shop  in expat-friendly Hiroo.  Newcomers Pommes Prost in Shibuya and Turkish-run Kebab Box J in Harajuku...

    • Posted May 12, 2017
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  • Barbacoa’s Pop Up Beer Garden Opens in Takanawa

    When temperature gets warmer, Japan gets in the mood for barbecue, eda mame and chilled beer. And you know the drinking season is just around the corner when pop up beer gardens in the city start to...

    • Posted April 18, 2017
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  • The lllongest baguette sandwich in Tokyo

    Right up the alley at rue de Bretagne, a cool Parisian hipster neighborhood in France, is a famous sandwich stand called Mmmozza (spelled with 3 annoying ‘M’s) that serves baseball bat-sized baguette sandwich stuffed with home-made mozzarella...

    • Posted April 12, 2017
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  • First Japanese Chef awarded the French Cuisine Chef Prize

    Anyone who loves haute cuisine feels happy to live in Japan. With culinary powerhouse Tokyo now having 227 Michelin-starred restaurants (50 are French restaurants),  it is safe to assume that Japanese chefs have come a long way...

    • Posted April 8, 2017
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  • Hawaii’s ‘Mochiko’ chicken comes to town

    Teddy’s Bigger Burger, Hawaii’s popular burger chain with stores in Tokyo, has just added Mochiko Fried Chicken on its menu. Just as popular as Teddy’s 100% U.S. beef, large burgers, Mochiko Fried Chicken is well loved by...

    • Posted March 9, 2017
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  • Yakiniku restaurants dazzle guests with birthday ‘meat’ cake

    Korean barbecue restaurants in Tokyo have figured out a way to surprise birthday guests through fancily arranged ‘meat’ cakes. Here are photos shared on social media. KINTAN Shiodome City Center...

    • Posted March 5, 2017
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  • The restaurant with a Ninja

    Got a special occasion coming up? Maybe it’s the little one’s birthday, Mum and Dad’s anniversary or someone’s doing great at school. Whatever the reason (and maybe you don’t need an excuse), how does dining with ninjas...

    • Posted February 26, 2017
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  • Editor’s Pick: Check out Tokyo’s Family-friendly buffet restaurants

    Take your time and your appetite to enjoy Luxe Dining Hapuna's lavish international buffet.

    • Posted February 25, 2017
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  • Family Dining: Salud Familia Daikanyama

    “Salud familia” which translates to ‘family health’ can easily be mistaken for a clinic. It’s not. It’s a Spanish trattoria style restaurant that opened last year in October. If you’re wondering why Spain ranks second behind only...

    • Posted December 24, 2016
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  • Where to eat ‘Uni’ (urchin roe) in Tokyo

    A favorite of snarky chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain, ‘uni’, is a prized delicacy in Japan consumed in December and January for Japan’s holiday festivities.   Many people like its creamy texture and a slightly sweet...

    • Posted December 12, 2016
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  • Where to take the family for street style Asian dishes in Tokyo

    You are craving for a good Tom Yum Kung. The kids are hungry for Gapao rice. Where do you go in Tokyo for both?  The Golden Shower Tree. The oriental style cafe on the basement floor of...

    • Posted November 29, 2016
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  • How to order ramen in Japan

    Many non-Japanese speakers have been in and out of restaurants in Japan.  While some can order sans difficulty in the language, some struggle with how to get their order right.  Casual Japanese restaurants  have ubiquitous plastic food...

    • Posted October 27, 2016
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  • Michael Jackson’s favorite restaurant

    Everyone knows Michael Jackson, yes?  But very few foreigners know about Teppanyaki Dante. When we heard from friends that this was Michael Jackson’s favorite restaurant in Tokyo, we decided to give it a try. Located on a...

    • Posted September 14, 2016
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  • Los Angeles’ new breakfast king comes to Daikanyama

    With 3 successful branches in Los Angeles’ busy Mulholland Drive, Ventura Boulevard and Melrose Avenue, BLU JAM CAFE, the up and coming breakfast guru from the city of angels, has just set up shop in Tokyo’s chic...

    • Posted May 21, 2016
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  • Where to have the best cup of hot chocolate in Tokyo

    There’s nothing quite like a cup of decadent hot chocolate to warm you up even in Tokyo where it rarely snows. Here are some of the best hot chocolate shops in the city. Drink in or take...

    • Posted February 23, 2016
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    Japanophile Jessica Meunier was doing her Japanese studies at the University of Jussieux in Paris at about the same period Yohei Ito was learning French cuisine at Tsuji School near Lyon, France. But the two did not...

    • Posted June 8, 2015
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    The hot culinary trend this season looks like it’s going to have a Mexican theme. Spurred on by  the return to these fair shores of that favorite mall grubstop ‘Taco Bell’, lauded by many as the ultimate in junk cuisine. Opening...

    • Posted May 11, 2015
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  • Monarch Cupcake

    The cupcake trend has officially hit Tokyo.   Monarch is the latest addition to a string of mini cake bakers that joined the cupcake race. American by origin, European by taste and texture, the new cupcake house...

    • Posted April 16, 2015
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  • Rocco’s dishes out authentic NY style pizzas in Tokyo

    What could be more enjoyable to eat as a family than a good, old, New York style pizza? In the land of all things small, Rocco’s NY size pizza is truly a refreshing find. Typically large in...

    • Posted March 11, 2015
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  • Forty Niner opens in Roppongi

    Forty Niner, Oahu’s oldest diner and famous breakfast stop since 1967, has just opened its first shop in Roppongi . It earned its place in the culinary map for the house’s signature Hawaiian bread cake with coconut...

    • Posted February 21, 2015
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  • Kiddie Gourmet: BLACOWS serves delicious Kids Plate

    One thing I love about living in Tokyo is a plethora of healthy food choices available. Even when dining as a family, I always do my research online before visiting a restaurant to avoid surprises (although I...

    • Posted February 16, 2015
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  • A quick guide to spotting the real Kobe beef

    eing in Japan means having immediate access to the cream of the crop – the luxurious Kobe beef that attracts attention all over the world for its top grade taste (and a smooth melt-in-your-mouth texture), making all...

    • Posted November 10, 2014
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  • Who’s roasting turkey in the city? Where to eat a good turkey meal, Tokyo style

    Celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving is a family affair. It’s a time to pause from our daily grind and give thanks for all the graces received and enjoy meals together as a family. And...

    • Posted November 10, 2014
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  • See ’em why K (Kuro)

    As Tokyoites gear up for the golden autumn leaves, Burger King instead is painting the town black. Things are about to get darker from September 19 when the Burger King of darkness unveils its all-black seasonal offering...

    • Posted September 11, 2014
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  • Gel-ous streak

    What’s the cure? The short answer is Gelato Meister, a new line of six scrumptious flavours: (nashi ‘pears’, blueberry, framboise, Alfonso mango, Sicilian lemon, espresso, Madagascar vanilla, and Italian choco), rolled out by Japan’s master ice cream...

    • Posted August 9, 2014
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  • Thank Cod, you’re here

    My family lived in London for years before moving to Tokyo. Stopping by a fish and chip shop, (fondly called ‘chippy’ by the Britons), has been an important part of my family’s British culinary experience. The kids...

    • Posted August 9, 2014
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  • Simply Sublime. New Japanese restaurant WANOBA gets creative with vegetables

    f you have turned away from a meat-based diet and you live in Tokyo, chances are, finding a vegetable-focused restaurant that offers a diverse selection of flavours and quality can be irksome. According to the Japan Vegetarian...

    • Posted June 5, 2014
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  • Häagen-Dazs’ releases its new flavours

    Haagen Dazs’ two upcoming ice cream flavours are something out of the ordinary. They’re vegetable based. If Cherry Tomato and Carrot-Orange flavours sound intriguing to you, head out to the convenience stores on May 12 and find...

    • Posted May 7, 2014
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  • Top French Chefs in Tokyo help global humanitarian projects

     n collaboration with the Embassy of France and renowned French chefs from around the culinary community in Japan, Doctors of the World will showcase gourmet delights at a charity event on 3rd June, 2014 (Tuesday), to raise...

    • Posted May 1, 2014
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  • Living La Vida Parisian

    The most interesting thing about living in Shibuya is the wide array of  international food choices and restaurants nearby. Somewhere in the narrow swanky streets of Daikanyama, Omotesando or Dogenzaka are restaurants serving up different cuisines ranging...

    • Posted March 29, 2014
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  • Wolfgang Steakhouse opens in Tokyo

    On February 1st, father and son team Wolfgang Zweiner and Peter Zweiner bring to the table their exquisite brand of fine dining. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zweiner (not to be confused for Wolfgang “Puck”),  is an upscale...

    • Posted February 12, 2014
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  • Le Bar à Vin 52 – A taste of Europe in Azabu Juban

    The other day, as my wife and I were walking back to our Azabu Juban apartment,  I noticed a sign on the second floor of Seijo Ishii 成城石井, a newly opened grocery store, across Starbucks.  The sign...

    • Posted February 11, 2014
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  • Food Theme Parks in Japan

    Food theme parks are a fashionable concept in Japan.  The land of the rising sun is famous for its regional traditions and food.  However, in being able to indulge in the full range of delicacies, you would...

    • Posted January 1, 2014
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  • Max Brenner opens in Tokyo

    CHOCOCULT Fans of chocolate don’t have to wait for the end of the year to indulge as Max Brenner’s first chocolate emporium opens at the beginning of December. Max Brenner, for those not in the loop, is the...

    • Posted December 15, 2013
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  • Moke’s Bread and Breakfast joins the sweet revolution

    Japan’s love affair with Belgian waffles is over.  Have the Japanese toned down their sweet cravings?  Er, not exactly.   The attention has just shifted to another sweet temptress called pancakes.   The pancake craze in Japan is real...

    • Posted November 11, 2013
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  • Cinnamon’s

    American family restaurant Cinnamon’s claim to fame started in its resort hometown in Kailua, Hawaii.  This led to the opening of its first overseas branch in Omotesando. Cinnamon’s restaurant offers typical American breakfast staple from Eggs Benedict,...

    • Posted November 11, 2013
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