Category Archives: FOOD

Petalo: Shibuya


Advertised as a “prosciutteria e bar,” this casual drinking spot offers a tempting assortment of prosciutto and salami platters along with Italian-style appetizers and pastas. House wines are a very reasonable Y480 per glass or Y2800 for a one-liter decanter. The atmosphere at night is quite lively and the background music can be fairly loud, so this isn’t the place to come for a quiet dinner.

At lunchtime pastas start at Y1080, while hefty grilled-meat lunches are priced at around Y1500. …continue reading


Tokyo Picks: Explore - 9 contemporary art galleries in Bakurocho


The Bakurocho neighborhood not far from Akihabara is an essential stop on any contemporary-art tour of Tokyo. As befits an up-and-coming creative neighborhood, Bakurocho is also home to art-supply shops, crafts galleries, coworking spaces, hip cafes, serious coffee houses and craft-beer bars. Here is our guide to some of the area highlights, including the Asakusabashi neighborhood just to the north.

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Fish Ramen in Shinjuku – 3 Must Try Shops

Sea Bream Ramen, Noodle Pullup

From sea bream broth to shrimp ball toppings, here are 3 shops you have to try for fish ramen in Shinjuku!

#1 Flying Fish Ramen at Takahashi

Flying fish (ago) is the primary ingredient in the ramen at Yakiago Ramen Takahashi. They’ve recently opened branches in Shibuya, Ueno and Ginza. But you have to visit their flagship branch in Shinjuku.

Flying Fish Ramen with Egg
Flying Fish Ramen with Egg: ¥920

In their signature ramen, they grill flying fish over charcoal and blend this with shio (salt seasoning) and a lighter tonkotsu (pork bone). The golden broth consequently has a salty and uniquely sharp fish flavor.

Exterior of Takahashi Flying Ramen Shop

The noodles are flat and slightly wavy. The egg, fatty chashu and (ultra thin) roasted chashu are appropriately seasoned, but not to the point where they take away from the addictive broth.

Shinjuku Flagship Shop Hours: 11:00 am ~ 5:00 am (Every day!)

#2 Seafood Lover’s Paradise at Kaijin

Ramen shop MenyaKaijin has the fishiest ramen on the list. Simmered amberjack, sea bream, salmon and even conger eel come together with a refreshing shio seasoning.

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Craft Beer Bars Japan - Coaster: Shimo-Kitazawa


A spacious craft-beer bar at the southern end of Shimo-Kitazawa, Coaster offers a nice mix of Japanese, American and European craft beers from their fifteen taps. Beer comes in two sizes, priced Y600-850 for a small glass and Y1100-1400 for a large, roughly pint-sized serving. Drinks are cash on delivery and food is payable when you order; credit cards are accepted.

The small food menu features dishes like roast chicken (listed on the menu as “jerk chicken”) and Korean-style fried chicken, although neither was particularly spicy, in spite of their names. The roast chicken was tender and very tasty, although the fries could have benefited from ketchup or mayonnaise. Table service was friendly enough but rather uneven.

The interior is attractively appointed, with large and small tables, a tiny counter in front of the bar, and a roomy standing area just inside the front door. They’re open from noon, with lunch service at midday and coffee as well as beers in the afternoon. …continue reading


Sake Diary - Gin no Mori: Kichijoji


Gin no Mori is a sake-focused izakaya offering an impressive selection of bottles from smaller craft breweries around Japan, all quite reasonably priced. Small 90ml glasses are a convenient size if you want to try a few different types of sake over the course of the evening, and these are typically priced at Y400-490, while larger 150ml servings go for Y600-730.

The food menu features sake-friendly snacks like the miso-marinated trio of avocado, mozzarella and fuki no to (a type of mountain vegetable), along with more standard izakaya fare. Our turnip tempura was a highlight of the meal, and the sashimi platter of the day was also quite good. Generally speaking though, the food here plays a supporting role to the sake, which is the star of the show.

Seating is at a spacious front counter or on floor cushions around sunken hori-kotatsu tables. Budget around Y3000-4000 for food and drink in the evening. On weekends they’re open all day from 11:30am, and they serve a weekend lunch menu until 3:30pm. …continue reading