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Yakiniku in Akasaka - please help!

This one, right? http://www.hyungboo.com/
The Korean expats I know seem to like this place and especially its delivery service.

Aug 28, 2010
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Naha, Okinawa recommendations - are there any?

Makishi market, although that probably is on your list already.

May 27, 2010
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Edo Era Restaurants In Tokyo

Nodaiwa in Akabanebashi.

And I quite like Sarahina-Horii. It is an old shop, but obviously changed locations so no old-world-charming building left.

FYI here is a web site that lists some shops / businesses that have been around in Edo/Tokyo for over 100 years: http://www.norenkai.net/english/

May 16, 2010
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Place to buy Staub cookware?

amazon.co.jp, do a search for "staub".

Apr 26, 2010
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Best of budget Tokyo

Tonki for tonkatsu.

Apr 13, 2010
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tokyo with kids

I think you made a good point, child friendliness is definitely a function of the age of the kids. For a bit older ones, noodles in any form are usually a hit.

Apr 13, 2010
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tokyo with kids

Good to hear you had good time! Btw, around NYC the most child-friendly ramen place is probably Santouka at Mitsuwa marketplace's food court in Edgewater NJ.

Apr 13, 2010
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What do you eat at home?

Mostly Japanese - from traditional to Kurihara Harumi style, followed by Italian, Korean, modern American. Home country cooking not that often, maybe for some holidays. And definitely western breakfast

Apr 13, 2010
ttj in Japan

tokyo with kids

Katsukura is great, keeps the kids busy. And although probably too late for OP's purpose, let me add Tenya to the list as well. And a minor mea culpa for the 'food is good' re: restaurant floors, that is written in the context of mall eating with kids, I should have properly qualified it.
Although traveling with kids limits the eating options - more often due to their lack of attention span than food preferences, sometimes their need to eat RIGHT NOW leads to nice discoveries.

Mar 31, 2010
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Veggie restaurants in Tokyo

Have you had a vegetarian meal at Tofuya Ukai?
All the Tofuya Ukai course menus listed in their menu contain a sashimi dish and a fish/beef/chicken one.

Mar 31, 2010
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Tokyo without the Fish?

For the food adventure, you can always consider horse meat or chicken sashimi, and Japanese offal cuisine ('horumonyaki") is certainly wort of taking a look.

Mar 31, 2010
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5 days in Tokyo - first time to Japan

Maybe Tonki (tonkatsu) and Tofuya Ukai (reasonably priced Kaiseki lunch) - http://www.ukai.co.jp/shiba/

Mar 29, 2010
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Tokyo without the Fish?

Talking about Yakiniku places, it is good to note that Kimchi is not fish-free either. Typical varieties are made with either dried shrimp or anchovy.

Mar 29, 2010
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Tokyo without the Fish?

A friend of a friend is allergic to fish, so one time I read a bit about the topic.
A protein called Parvalbumin has linked to most fish allergies. Not to all, and also, this is not unique to fish as people with such allergy can apparently react to frog parvalbumin as well. If my memory serves me right, this protein has something to do with fast contracting muscles.
For more trivia, tuna is actually low in this protein (compared to some other fish).

Mar 29, 2010
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Pineapple jam in Tokyo?

For Okinawan pineapple jam, maybe Washita in Ginza? http://www.bento.com/rev/2139.html

Mar 22, 2010
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Veggie restaurants in Tokyo

There is a rule about avoiding vegetables/herbs with strong smell as they excite the senses. The list includes garlic, shallot, etc (from Allium family) and I believe onion (being related) is associated with these. Although I don't think it was in the original list of smelly ones.

Mar 17, 2010
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Grab and go espresso in Tokyo?

For me, Illy was mainly the solution to staying awake during AM Japanese lessons and not being late in the process. But rest assured, no espressos were harmed in the course of my language education, those were breakfast coffees..
Of course it is not a solution when in search of that perfect cup.

Mar 14, 2010
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tokyo with kids

One more kid-friendly place I can mention is Hakata Ippudo at Marunouchi Brick Square (this is where our kids had their first Ramen). During weekday lunch rush this place is very busy, but weekend lunchtime is quite ok. They have some tables and even high chairs. It is a chain place in a new building, so it lacks the uniqueness and atmosphere of the ramen shops typically loved by chowhounds, but serves fine noodles. If I remember correctly, during weekdays they have set menus, during weekends no so if you want dumplings (gyoza) order them separately. Btw Ippudo has also a NYC branch, 4th Av b/w 9th and 10th.

Nearby Shin-Marunouchi building has one of our kids’ favorite ice cream places, Machimura milk boutique (BF1). Kids like the soft ice, I like the soft candies. It is a small shop, but usually you can get a seat. Brick Square and “Shin-Maru” are in the area between Tokyo station and Imperial palace.

Another ice cream place worth of mentioning is Blue Seal. It is an Okinawa based company making “American style” ice cream, and they have a store in Shibuya. Some nice Japanese flavors (beni-imo, macha…)

Mar 08, 2010
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tokyo with kids

Yes, I was talking about the BF1 (depachika) at Isetan, they have 1), 2), 3), 5) from the list above. Search this board for "depachika" to find more information on that place and others. I usually go to the Nihonbashi places (Mitsukoshi and Takashimaya), but if I happen to be in Shinjuku Isetan is a must for me.
And what chowmouse says about restaurant floors are words of wisdom, definitely you should go. Kids will love the plastic models, makes decision making fun. And in general, the food is good.
In addition to department stores, you can find food floors at the shopping malls at larger Yamanote line stations (we go sometimes to Atre at Meguro and Ebisu), and at the office/shopping buildings like Mori tower, Tokyo Midtown, the ones in Marunouchi, etc... One of kids' favorites is Akira at the Marunouchi Brick Square, they love their teriyaki chicken for lunch (we usually get a private room). Have you checked http://www.bento.com/tokyofood.html ? They list restaurants by area, you might find something interesting from there as well.

Mar 02, 2010
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tokyo with kids

The places we go with kids are not necessarily in areas that will be convenient for you, but here are some kid frienly ones:

Soba noodles - Sarashina Horii in Azabu-Juban, http://www.sarashina-horii.com/en/
We used to go there for a really early dinner, at that time the place was not full and they were always very friendly. Kids love the tatami area.

Udon noodles - Tsurutontan in Roppongi (they have other locations as well), http://www.tsurutontan.co.jp/roppongi/index.html. My daughter says it is a "fancy place". Well the decor is kind of nice, but kitsune udon is only Y680. This place is probably better for lunch than dinner. To avoid a line go early - however if there is line don't worry it moves well. The traditional seating area is nicest.

Sushi - a kaiten (conveyor belt) sushi can be fun for kids. Our to-go place is at Meguro station (Atre II), good fish, affordable, popular = long lines, http://www.atre.co.jp/shop/index.php?sid=93&scd=2. So again, if you go, go early, before they open as you need either a table (only few of them available) or five counter seats. If you are not familiar on how these places work I can tell more about the procedure. However I am quite sure that others, or your hotel, can suggest a place that would be more convenient for you.

If you like Muji (when I was still in NYC the store was quite popular) and plan to visit a Muji store in Tokyo, the main store in Yurakucho has a restaurant. Very healthy food and kid friendly place. One of the biggest Sanrio (Hello Kitty) stores in Tokyo is also nearby, in Nishi Ginza dept store. (There is another big one in Shinjuku.

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You will probably visit Harajuku and Taheshita dori. Eat some crepes while there, and after that head to Kiddy land (toy store), but negotiate a budget before you go.....

Also, visit at least one department store food floor, they are amazing. We sometimes go with kids, everybody picks what they like and we go and have a picnic. Isetan in Shinjuku is the largest one.

Last resort: there is a food court type of place in a luxury shopping mall Tokyo Midtown, called Okawari.jp, http://www.tokyo-midtown.com/en/shop/.... Food is tasty, some sandwiches are excellent.

Finally, there is a Ramen museum / theme park in Yokohama. This is just a quick Shinkansen ride (less than 15 min from Shinagawa if I remember correctly), and if your kids like trains it might be worthwhile.

Mar 01, 2010
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kaiseki - hakone or kyoto?

Some random thoughts... Gora Kadan should be english-speaker-friendly. Their kaiseki courses (even at dinnertime) run from Y 5,000 to Y 15,000 whereas Kikunoi would probably start from 15,000. If you go to Gora Kadan, you can also consider a day use plan that consists of kaiseki lunch and use of private bath (see their web site).
Having said all that, to experience one kaiseki dinner I would opt for Kyoto as well. Btw Kikunoi has an English-language web site, don't know if that indicates anything about their willingness to use English though.

Mar 01, 2010
ttj in Japan

Grab and go espresso in Tokyo?

Most of the time I actually do make my own - thanks for the link, quite interesting.
But sometimes that is not an option, and for me couple of those Illy places are quite conveniently located.

Mar 01, 2010
ttj in Japan

tokyo with kids

I have two kids (4 and 6 year olds) and we eat out with them just about every Saturday and Sunday (lunch). I have found Tokyo restaurants in general to be very kid friendly. Obviously the very high end places are not suitable, and restaurants with counter seating only can be cumbersome. We rarely go out for dinner with them though, and I assume at dinnertime the cigaret smoke can present a problem in many places.

Our kids favorites include noodle places (udon and soba), and Italian restaurants (Tokyo has some very good pizza places). Other types of restaurants that can be very kid friendly are tonkatsu (tasty) and yakiniku and shabu shabu places (kids love to participate).

Are you mainly looking for good restaurants (food-wise) that can accommodate kids, or places that are good in the sense that they are really kid friendly?

Feb 28, 2010
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Grab and go espresso in Tokyo?

There is a blog on the topic, called Tokyo Espresso - google it and see if it is any help.
I usually go to Espressamente illy (a chain though).

Feb 28, 2010
ttj in Japan

Good restaurant for a date

Another place that *might* work, depending again on how you define romantic atmosphere, is Akira in Nakameguro. It is a supposedly-excellent yakitori place, with kind of traditional decor and a tatami area, and jazz on the background. Place is apparently popular with the Nakameguro/Daikanyama hipsters. It is right by the cherry-tree-lined Meguro river, and in the latter part of March you might already see some flowers (this is the romantic part). I used to live quite close, and it is a nice area. I have not eaten there, but I have had several lunches in their Marunouchi branch and the food was indeed good. If you go, go mid-week, make a reservation and make sure to get a table on the tatami area by the window (river). Btw I think the tatami seating is the real deal, no horigotatsu, so not sure if Ms. Scharn will like it.

Feb 18, 2010
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Good restaurant for a date

Yes, that's the place.

Feb 16, 2010
ttj in Japan

Good restaurant for a date

If Ms. Scharn really likes to eat her veggies, you could also try Yasaiya Mei. It is a vegetable-centered counter restaurant. Not romantic in a chandelier way, but very cool / elegant, can I say kind of a "contemporary Japanese" place if that makes sense.
I have been to the Roppongi Hills one for lunch and really enjoyed the food, there is another one in Omotesando.

Feb 16, 2010
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Hiroo Restaurant Recommendations and Log

Talking about Hiroo restaurants, I am wondering if anybody has comments on Harmonie in Nishi-Azabu or La Bisboccia in Hiroo (both are maybe 10 minutes from Hiroo station by walking).

Feb 15, 2010
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Good restaurant for a date

For a great view you could see if the window tables at Marunouchi Aux Amis Tokyo would work (make sure to get a window table if you go). Their dinner menus start I think around 6,000 so with wine it would stretch your budget a bit though.

Feb 15, 2010
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Going to Tokyo. Need some recommendations.

My Japanese is quite weak, so I just use Google Maps. For train and subway connections Google maps works well - just write or copy-paste the addresses (in Kanji - within Tokyo form "something-ku-something 1-2-3" is sufficient) and it will give you couple of routes with prices and times. They have options for public transport, walking, and car.

Feb 11, 2010
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