Sushi Bar Yasuda (Minami Aoyama)

Omakase sushi is the dream meal for someone with attention deficit disorder. This particular thought kept running through my head, as piece after piece of sushi, each unique and enthralling, was placed before me by the hands of a master, and self-proclaimed “sushi mensch,” Chef Naomichi […]

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Taco Rice タコライス (Recipe)

When Mr. S and I first move to Tokyo, we ate out almost every day because we had none of our pots, pans, and cooking utensils. Although we had some rental kitchen items, we were seriously tempted by the thought of exploring our new neighborhood, and […]

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Authentic Thai in Roppongi

Eating good, authentic Thai food is like tasting an artist’s palette of colors. There are layers and layers of flavors: bright, sweet, sour, bracing, bitter, fishy, salty, rich, fiery, aromatic… the combination of which is so compelling that it blows away any assumptions about Asian […]

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Massimottavio: Neopolitan Pizza in Eifukucho

2 Exceptional Pizzas at Massimottavio The Japanese may be known for topping their pizza with potatoes, corn, and mayonnaise, but a deference to traditional Italian ingredients and ways of cooking has also permeated Japanese tastes. The adherence to the vera cucina italiana way of making pizza […]

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King George Deli (Daikanyama)

In a city where most sandwiches resemble finger sandwiches served at high tea­­–usually involving egg salad and mayo between two thin slices of boring white bread–it’s refreshing to see a big brawny sandwich, loaded with fresh meats, cheeses, and veg. The kind of sandwich where the […]

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Luke’s Lobster (Harajuku)

I had my first taste of a lobster roll as a kid on a family road trip with my parents. Like many other of our Chinese immigrant friends, road-tripping as a family was a big deal. It was for one, cheap. And two, it was […]

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The Hunt for Fresh-Mex in Tokyo

What is a life without good fresh-Mex food? A pitiful existence, I’m afraid, devoid of the pleasures of having your burrito deconstructed into a bowl form, or having a mountain of fresh guacamole piled high atop a “light” carnitas salad with cheese and sour cream. […]

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Chibiz Coffee

You can’t miss it. Because it’s bright orange. And cute as hell. I am talking about a vintage retrofitted Citroën van parked in front of National Azabu in Hiroo. The van’s rear door is propped open, and from within emerges cup after cup of simply delicious […]

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