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Wine bars in Tokyo

You wrote above that Parabola will be "like your second home during daytime while in Tokyo". Please be advised that according to their website, Parabola opens daily from 6pm.


about 16 hours ago
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Bear steak in Tokyo or Kyoto

Last December, I was served a large bear filet at Passo a Passo in Monzen-Nakacho. The chef is a game fanatic and will include at least a couple of gibier dishes in his winter courses. The attached photos are an appetizer of pates and terrines made with wild boar, badger, bear, wild duck, and pheasant, and the roasted bear filet.


Aug 12, 2014
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Salmon at any sushi-ya in Tokyo?

In this context, it means the fish has been seared with a blowtorch.

Aug 11, 2014
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Tokyo 5 days,Kaiseki and Unagi choices.

markmich, congratulations on securing reservations at Matsukawa. You must be overjoyed. If you are not aware, reservations at Matsukawa are among the most precious in the city.

I wish I could take you up on your generous offer of a free dinner at Matsukawa with you in exchange for verification that I ate there, but unfortunately I have yet to enjoy that privilege. A dinner at Royal Host is a splurge for me these days. However, I have a suggestion. There is no shortage of people who have blogged about their transformative experience at Matsukawa. Why don't you try using one of their names?

Aug 09, 2014
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My plan for the sidetrip to Kyoto is finished

La Boucherie du Buppa in Naka Meguro specializes in game meats and they often serve bear.


Aug 04, 2014
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Are there any Sushi Mitani regulars here?

I cannot help you with reservations (I 'd love to go back myself), but I can confirm that the menu at lunch is the same as dinner. I hope you are able to get a reservation - my experience at Mitani was fantastic.

Aug 02, 2014
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Kurogi opening hours for lunch - Japanese language help

In a previous sushi thread, I seem to recall that you wanted to order the dinner course at lunch in order to sample the best the restaurant has to offer. I bring this up because I am fairly sure that the lunch set at Kurogi is quite different from the dinner course, and I don't believe the dinner course can be ordered during lunch time. If this is important to you, I would recommend that you confirm this with the restaurant before making a reservation.

Jul 29, 2014
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Hajime has an online reservation form in English that you can try.


Jul 23, 2014
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Tokyo / Izuhanto. Please review my trip.

There are actually 2 Midori Sushi restaurants in Umegaoka. Go to the original shop. Here is the link:

May 09, 2014
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Tokyo / Izuhanto. Please review my trip.

I usually go to Midori Sushi around 8:45pm Tuesday - Friday. At that hour, there is usually little or no wait. However, the restaurant closes promptly at 10pm so you have to finish your meal by then.

May 09, 2014
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Tokyo / Izuhanto. Please review my trip.

For reasonably priced sushi, I would consider going to Midori Sushi in Umegaoka in place of one of the standing sushi restaurants. Midori Sushi is an extremely popular sushi restaurant due to its strong cost vs performance ratio. Including drinks, the cost is usually no more than 4K-5K yen even for big eaters. The downside is that they do not take reservations and you may have to line up for up to an hour depending on the time of day. Umegaoka is just 2 stops from Shimo Kitazawa on the Odakyu line.

As for yakitori, Fuku would be a good option. Fuku is located in Yoyogi Uehara, also just 2 stations away from Shimo Kitazawa on the Odakyu line, but in the opposite direction from Umegaoka. Fuku has been discussed often on this board and a search would come up with many hits.

May 09, 2014
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Craft beer bars in Tokyo

Last week I went to Hops 125, a new craft beer restaurant in Ebisu. Hops 125 takes over the spot formerly occupied by the New Zealand wine bar Aotea Rangi. It might be the same owner since there are some dishes and wines from New Zealand on the menu. There are 16 craft beers on tap, equally divided between domestic and foreign brews. The beers are well-chosen and the food is generally good (though I was not a fan of the fish part of their fish and chips).


Mar 02, 2014
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Matsukawa - Probably (the current) Tokyo's greatest restaurant

You can find their address and a map on their Tabelog page.


Feb 22, 2014
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High End Sushi in Tokyo (or should I stick with Sawada?)

Don't make waves, Uncle Yabai.

Feb 17, 2014
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8 Night Tokyo/Kyoto/Hiroshima Itinerary - Feedback Greatly Appreciated

While I generally agree with your comment about sushi on Sundays, wouldn't the Sushisho genre be an exception since much of their fish is aged and/or cured?

Jan 23, 2014
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Craft beer bars in Tokyo

These are the craft beer places that I go to fairly regularly and can recommend. I tend to like hoppy IPAs and this type of beer can be found at the below places listed.

1. Ushitora in Shimo Kitazawa
2. Naka Meguro Taproom in Naka Meguro
3. Bashamichi Taproom in Bashamichi (Yokohama)
4. Ant 'n' Bee in Roppongi
5. Antenna America in Kannai (Yokohama)
6. Devilcraft in Hamamatsucho and Kanda
7. Bulldog in Ginza
8. Thrash Zone in Yokohama

A new place in Roppongi opened recently that sounds promising. It's called Two Dogs and apparently they have 20 beers on tap daily, which will be expanded to 30 in the near future. They serve a few of their own beers and will be a fully operational brewery at some point.


Jan 10, 2014
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Imported food/beverage tips for LOCALS

I think kamiosaki is referring to the Foreign Buyers' Club.


Oct 26, 2013
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Kanazawa - Zeniya - contact

Here is Zeniya's homepage:

Tabelog page:

Reservations can be made online from both their homepage and from the Tabelog page. However, the online forms are in Japanese only.

Oct 02, 2013
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Tokyo for four days, help me fill in the blanks?

Narisawa is a French restaurant, not kaiseki. Here is their homepage:


Sep 24, 2013
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Saito & Miyako Sushi - How difficult is it to make reservations?

Here is the Tabelog page for Sushi Ookawahara:


Sep 22, 2013
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Alternates to Torishiki

The Torishiki spin-off that Silverjay referenced is called Gallus. Robbie Swinnerton wrote a review for the Japan Times a few months ago.

Japan Times article:


Sep 12, 2013
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NYTimes recs--what do you think

I have been to Izakaya Vin a few times and always enjoyed it. That said, I agree with the others who feel that it is a bizarre recommendation for someone who has only 36 hours to spend in Tokyo. It makes me really suspicious of the restaurant recommendations in the other cities of the 36 hour series. Here is a link to the article for those interested.


May 04, 2013
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10 days to eat our way through Japan: Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Tokyo...Please help!

Since the OP will stay in Shinjuku, Fuku would be quite convenient. Yoyogi Uehara is just a 5 minute train ride from Shinjuku on the Odakyu line, and the restaurant is a 5 minute walk from the station.

May 02, 2013
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In case anyone needs it, here is the Tabelog page for Kohaku in Kagurazaka.


I went last March and had an excellent meal. One of the highlights was crab sashimi in what is likely the same vinegared jelly served to the original poster. Photo are attached.

Feb 05, 2013
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Food & Drink Blogs for Tokyo, Kyoto and other cities

For an English-language blog that features more casual fare, I recommend Tokyo Eats.


This blog is run by Maki, a graphic designer with a predilection for stylish cafes and bistros. She is an excellent photographer as well, which is apparent as soon as you check out any of her posts.

Jan 15, 2013
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White Smoke Texas smokehouse - anyone been?

White Smoke has made the tabehoudai deal part of their regular menu, so you still have an opportunity to check it out. There are some changes, though. There is now a 2-hour time limit, side dishes are limited to one per person, and at least one drink must be ordered. More details can be found here:


Dec 25, 2012
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Are there any Jewish restaurants in Tokyo or Kyoto?

This is a short discussion about pastrami sandwiches in this thread:


Nov 20, 2012
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White Smoke Texas smokehouse - anyone been?

White Smoke is having a special promotion from now through December 18. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during this period, they are offering an All You Can Eat deal for 5,000 yen. This deal includes everything on the menu except for drinks and dessert. Here is the URL with more information.


Nov 19, 2012
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Canned pumpkin

For some reason, from last year (or possibly two years ago) the international supermarkets stopped carrying canned pumpkin. Previously stores such as National Azabu, Denen Supermarket, and Nissin carried the Libby's brand. It was also sold via some Rakuten stores. Stokely's canned pumpkin is now available from a couple of Rakuten stores, but I haven't seen it or any other brands in the supermarkets. Have you tried calling Costco?

Oct 04, 2012
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Robbie Swinnerton wrote about a recent dining experience at the new Takazawa in last Friday's Japan Times. Here is the article:


He also provided more detailed information in a blog post.


The signature Ratatouille is still being served, along with a couple of other familiar dishes such as the pork rillettes. There seems to be more seafood than before, though.

Jun 20, 2012
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