Roy's Tokyo Bar & Grill: Roy's Weekend Brunch
The excellent 3,500 yen weekend brunch includes free refills on juice, bread and pastries, plus main dishes from their regular menu, specializing in Asian-influenced Hawaiian seafood.
For 5,500 yen the brunch includes unlimited sparkling wine as well.
The menu has something to please everyone and is a great place to have a relaxing sunday brunch.Related to:
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La Boheme: La Boheme
La Boheme is a part of Global Dining group and has quite few locations throughout Tokyo. The restaurants have atmosphere of Europen castles, with brick walls and dim light. The dishes are mainly Italian pasta and pizza. In La Boheme, you will be greeted with friendly staffs who yells "welcome" and "thank you" each time customers come in and go out. La Boheme is also known to be open all night.
Favorite Dish: Most of pizzas and pastas are good. But my favorite is dessert- milcrepe is just irresistable.
Seiryumon Ten/Chi: Chinese adventure
It is not so much about the food in this unique Chinese restaurant located in Shinjuku (and there are branches elsewhere in Tokyo). Upon entering the restaurant, you get to pick to enter one of the floors, either Ten (heaven) or Chi (underground). Each floor has its unique decors and atmosphere. For example, if you enter Chi, you will find yourself in dark smoky dangeon like place. You will definitely find this place an adventure. Don't forget to go to the bathroom: it has its own tricks!
Shamaim: Israeli In Ekoda
Wonderful Israeli food for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.
The all-you-can-eat course is a great way to enjoy the food at Shamaim. For 2000 yen you get an assortment of dishes which you can then ask for "top-ups" again and again. The spicy vegetarian soup is wonderful and very warming on a cold night. Other dishes we were served with the all-you-can-eat course were: rice and lentils, pita, hummus, herb fried chicken, cucumber tomato and pinenuts salad, falafel, spiced carrots, cabbage and dill, spicy tomato sauce and kebab. Everything is delicious and you can get as many plates of each as you like.
The food is simple, but great. Nothing flashy, but sure to please.
To the best of my knowledge this is the only Israeli restaurant in Tokyo. Have had some great nights there with friends when we've had a hankering for good quality hummus and falafel.
Favorite Dish: The spicy vegetable and chick-pea soupRelated to:
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Dong Nai: Authentic Vietnamese in Okachimachi (Ueno Area)
Owned and run by a Vietnamese family the service is friendly and the food is good. They do their best to make the food as authentic as possible with the products they can get in Japan.
Note: Dec 2008: This restaurant changed owners and is now not called "Song Hu'o'ng", but "Dong Nai". The menu seems to be the same, but i haven't eaten here so the food may have changed.
Favorite Dish: Banh Cuon and Banh Xeo are two of my favourites. The menu isn't large, but what they serve they do well. If you look at the website (which is only in Japanese) you'll find a menu page that has pictures of all the dishes they serve. I also love the Chicken wings with Nuoc Nam.Related to:
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AMONGST SO MANY JAPANESE PLACES TO EAT..IT WAS FUN TO FIND A PLACE THAT DIDN'T SERVE SUSHI.....
When people go to Asakusa to dine, the first thing that often comes to mind is Japanese food such as sushi, tempura and noodles . Often forgotten is the wealth of available “yoshoku”. Yoshoku literally translates to “Western food” . People started enjoying yoshoku in Asakusa long before Italian and French restaurants started opening on the west side of Tokyo. They are pleased to introduce to you now Strovaya, a Russian restaurant that has been around in Asakusa for more than 20 years.
Favorite Dish: PANINI SANDWICHES!!!!!!!!
ROPPONGI HARD ROCK CAFE: ROPPONGI HARD ROCK CAFE
A GREAT PLACE TO HANG OUT IN ANY MAJOR CITY IS AT THE HARD ROCK CAFES..... ....AND TOKYO HAS SOME COOL ONES ALSO....
FOOD IS PRETTY MUCH THE SAME AT ALL OF THEM. ..BUT YOU MIGHT FIND SOME SUSHI IN JAPAN'S....:)
Favorite Dish: I ALWAYS LIKE THE BURGERS!!!!THEY SEEM TO FIT WITH THE THEME OF WHAT A HARD ROCK IS ALL ABOUT......
Cafe Cute M: Where Otaku Go to Eat
Tokyo is wild about it's theme restaurants. One big subset of these types of theme restaurants are maide cafes or cosplay cafes that can be found all over in Akihabara (although rarely on ground-level) where girls that are often anime or video game fans themselves dress up in costumes and serve good to customers. In theory, the customers are all Otaku, guys that obsess about any number of hobbies such as anime, video games, electronics or miniature modeling. However due to a popular novel turned movie and TV drama called "Densha Otoko" which elevated the visitibility of Otaku, these cafe are also frequented by mainstream customers that want to go to Akihabara to witness Otaku and maid cafes for themselves.
Cafe Cute M's staff, like most maid cafe's will great you at the door with a "Welcome Home, Master/Mistress" although I'm sure it sounds risque, the whole experience is actually quite tame and patrons are not allowed to touch or take photos of the cafe staff. The menu has a small selection of curries and pasta entrees, deserts, teas and other beverages. While taking your order, your waitress will continue the charade by addressing you as a maid would address the master of the house in a large estate, but most of this was lost on me as my Japanese wasn't very good. While serving your food they'll also "cast a spell" in some ridiculous way meant to be cute to make it taste better. It's probably more over the top if you understand the language, but from my standpoint it was just confusing and weird.
The decor is subpar although better than some of the more starkly decorated maid cafes. And if you're hoping to catch a glimpse of real Akiba-kei otaku, unfortunately this particular cafe seems to draw a lot of tourists - there was only 2 true otaku in a restaraunt of about 20. Overall, the experience was not really that great and you'll for sure notice price gauging when you pay your bill at the end, but I suppose the price is worth it to satisfy your curiousity about Akihabara's famed maid cafes.
Favorite Dish: Desserts and drinks are the safest items to go with here and I can vouch for the Rose Tea and Oreo New York Cheesecake.
The entree dishes often taste like something that came out of an instant package and isn't very good at all. But like all restaurants of this type, patrons are paying for the experience and not necessarily the food.
Moss Burger: Fast Food Burgers - Japanese Style
One of Japan's most prevelent fast food establishments, Moss Burger's menu consists mostly or burgers and fries. The menu is comprable to what you would find at a McDonald's in Japan but I find the quality and taste of the food to be more appetizing.
I reccommend a Moss Burger if you need to catch a meal quickly and be on your way or if trying to communicate with a waiter at a restaurant intimidates you to no end. Most of Moss' menu has pictures at the register counter so you can point to what you want. It's also a good choice if you need to watch your yen.
Favorite Dish: Teriyaki Burger - Basically a regular hamburger coated with Teriyaki sauce, a combination that is popular in Japan. Moss Burger's take on the Teriyaki Burger has a subtle taste (unlike the horrible Japanese McDonald's version).
Orange Drink - Hard to describe, but VERY tasty so definitely try the Orange Drink at Moss Burger. It's a blend of orange juice, milk and something other ingredient which makes it very tasty. Unfortunately, the workers never seem to fill the cup all the way up so you don't get very much of it.Related to:
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Gonpachi: Excellent in every way
Went here with a large group of about 12 people. Everyone seemed to mention that this was the place Koizumi brought Pres. Bush (which to me was not a selling point). However, the restaurant was fantastic - fun, lively, with a great rustic atmosphere and food that is out of this world. Every single item, from salad and soba noodles to tempura and skewers, was truly excellent. I don't care if it is a touristy place - I would go here again and again.
Favorite Dish: I don't know what they were called, but there is a starter dish of lightly fried potato balls that are out of this world. There's a shrimp version too.
The desserts were also outstanding.
Panic Cafe: Delicious food grilled in front of you
Just in from the airport, a big group of us went down the hatch to this small basement-level restaurant for some excellent teppanyaki. The swordfish, teryaki chicken, and the garlic rice were standouts, as were the fresh salads. Service was friendly and fun - an all-around great experience.
Ton-chan: Yakiniku - Korean Pork Barbecue Restaurant
I have tried many yakiniku (grilled meat) restaurants in Tokyo. But I must say that "Ton-chan" is the best of all. "Ton-chan" uses 100% high quality pork from local, and was voted as the best restaurant in 2003 (out of over 200 restaurants) on the TV show "Osama no buranchi" (the royal's brunch?).
Favorite Dish: You must try the "san-dan bara", which is the belly portion that has an even fat and lean meat that looks like thick bacon stripe. You can either cook the meat on the grill pan by yourself (which I think it's part of the fun of dining), or have the restaurant staffs cook it for you without messing your own hands. How to eat: Dip the pork into special sauce prepared by the restaurant, and wrap into the lettuce to eat.
Save some of the grilled pork and order for 'yaki gohan', which is the fried rice over the grill pan. The staffs will fry the rice with some kimchi, sesame oil, salt and pepper with the leftover pork before your eyes, and voila, a simple yet delicious fried rice.
= Chijimi - Korean 'pizza'
= Kimchi nabe - Kimchi 'hot pot'
*How to get there*
Nearest Train Station: JR Shin-Okubo Station, about 10 mins walking distance.Related to:
Le Meridien Lobby Cafe: le bouquet
Favorite Dish: (last date visited - June 6, 2007)
Sunday - Thursday:
7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday, Saturday, and before Holidays
7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
breakfast - 7:00 a.m. - 11: a.m.
lunch - 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
dinner - 6:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.Related to:
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Totoya no Michi: kaiten sushi
Favorite Dish: (last date visited - June 10, 2007)
Toto-ya no michi
pink plate - 100 yen
violet plate - 150 yen
yellow plate - 200 yen
blue plate - 250 yen
black plate - 300 yen
brown plate - 350
white plate - 450 yen
plus 5% taxRelated to:
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Hocho-ya - Izakaya: Food and Drinks
Favorite Dish: (last date visited - June 3, 2007)
We had dinner with my fellow Filipino Tsudoi delegates together with my Japanese friends Aya and Ken. We had great time eating those delicious food!!!
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