Category Archives: FOOD

Craft Beer Bars Japan - Beer Butterfly: Koto-ku


Craft beers are all priced at Y500 at this casual neighborhood spot near Sumiyoshi subway station. You’ll find an interesting rotating selection of ten Japanese craft brews on tap, typically from breweries like Isekadoya, Romantic Mura, Y Market, Aqula, and Strange Brewing.

The izakaya-style food menu features simple dishes like sashimi, fried oysters, fish and chips and Caesar salads. A decent-sized portion of fish and chips is pretty good value at just Y500, while smaller snacks start at Y100.

If you want some fresh air you can order your beer to go, served in a plastic cup. The bar is open from 3pm on Saturdays. It was formerly known as Pirates of Sumiyoshi. …continue reading


Day Food Lab, The: Koenji


A friendly neighborhood bistro, Day Food Lab serves creative European-international cuisine that doesn’t take itself too seriously. You can choose from an eclectic menu of items like rocket-bacon salad, duck confit and uni white-asparagus carbonara pasta. Alternatively you can try your luck with the six-course prix-fixe menu (just Y2800), which seems to showcase whatever ingredients of the day the kitchen feels inspired by.

A recent dinner featured an uni omelette, a fairly orthodox pate de campagne, prosciutto with sauteed vegetables, and maguro carpaccio on tortillas, followed by a main course of grilled Ezo venison. Our omelette was original and very tasty, although whatever uni they used was overpowered by the gorgonzola sauce. The venison, though slow to arrive, was properly gamey and well worth the wait.

Although we’ve had more skillfully produced meals at various bistros and trattorias around town, Day Food Lab gets points for the variety of their offerings, the element of surprise, the casual atmosphere and the very reasonable prices.

Drinks include several wines by the glass, a couple of craft beers, and cocktails made with forty types of gin. Lunch is served on weekends only (noon-3pm). Budget around Y4000 at dinnertime. …continue reading


Craft Beer Bars Japan - TKBrewing: Kawasaki


Open Fridays through Sundays only, this up-and-coming nanobrewery offers eight taps of their own original beers at quite reasonable prices (Y550-650 for 275ml). Some of their popular brews include Belgian-style White Moon Ale, Dopeness IPA, NE-style Mosaic Behind the Cloud, Kawasaki Common and SMaSH Saison.

They’re located inside an artsy communal-type space along with some design studios, although the resident cafe was closed down when we visited, so plan to eat before or after your visit. TK beers are often available at the nearby Platinum Fish bar in Kawasaki Station’s Atre complex. …continue reading