Category Archives: FOOD

Pepito: Ebisu


A popular stop on bar-hopping tours of Ebisu, Pepito is a casual Spanish bar serving food and Spanish wines and sherries by the glass. The chef is from the Galicia area of northwest Spain, and the excellent tapas-style dishes he prepares are characteristic of that region – rich stews, plenty of seafood dishes, and a strong affinity for garlic, peppers and spices.

Some recent food highlights here have included a lentil stew with spicy chorizo sausages and garlicky sauteed togarashi peppers, both of them livened up with occasional chunks of coarse salt. If you’re not especially hungry you can just pop in for a quick glass of wine and then be on your way.

The setup is very informal – there are some seats along with wall or you can stand at the bar and watch whatever is showing on the bar’s TV screen. There’s also outdoor patio seating in front if the weather is nice. Wines start at around Y600, as do small tapas dishes. …continue reading


Eating on a Picking Farm

After thinking about the best place to eat outdoors for over a month and always answering, “no where,” finally I have an answer. It’s way too hot during summer in Japan, so eating outside is not at all appealing to me. We don’t see outdoor seating everywhere as soon as the weather warms up in spring, the way I do in the US. Somehow, eating outdoors never caught on here. I blame it on the high humidity and bugs that are abundant during the part of the year that’s warm enough to be outside on purpose. Camping and outdoor BBQs are popular for some people, but a lot of others would rather avoid the inevitability of sweating and bug bites. Even covered areas and gazebos are hot and don’t keep the bugs out. Indoor patio spaces are a nice compromise, with the comfort of air conditioning and the functionality of outdoor furniture.I found my answer for the best places to eat outdoors when I went out to the countryside to go blueberry picking. The best place to eat outdoors is on a farm – in other words, picking and eating fruit.It’s been a really long time since I’ve done this, and I’m excited to do a lot more of it in the future. In fact, we had a great time blueberry picking and decided to go there every year. In this particular case, we paid an entrance fee (700 yen) to an organic (pesticide free at least) blueberry farm, and there was no time limit. Link to the farm review here. We were given baskets to collect the blueberries in, from both an outdoor area and a green house. There was outdoor seating in a covered area, which is where everyone went to eat their berries (not including the berries …continue reading


7 Best Budget Sushi Restaurants in Tokyo

Source: Tokyo Cheapo

When it comes to the consumption of raw fish in Tokyo, you’re spoiled for choice. There are plenty of cheap places where you can get your sushi fix. We’re guessing you’re after the “real” experience—sushi that comes rolling by on a conveyor belt, or rocks up on a cute little bullet train or some such thing. Over the years, we’ve compiled a list of favorite (read: best budget) sushi restaurants in Tokyo that check these boxes. Drumroll, please …
1. Ganso Zushi
Arguably the tastiest and cheapest “kaiten” or conveyor belt sushi chain is Ganso Zushi. The shops have no frills, but will give you an authentic experience where you can see everyday Japanese cheapos popping in for a quick sush

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Craft Beer Bars Japan - New opening - Brew La La: Shimbashi


With room for around fifty customers, Brew La La is quite a bit more spacious than most Tokyo beer bars, and the friendly multilingual staff help make this a relaxing place to hang out. There’s even room for a shuffleboard table – the first one we’ve ever seen in Tokyo – and staff are available to explain the rules and help referee close rounds.

The bar’s dozen or so taps (seven were operational when we visited) dispense a selection of well-chosen Japanese craft beers for the most part, although we did spot one Canadian import during our visit (Brew La La’s owner hails from Toronto). There’s also a small fridge stocking a rotating selection of interesting canned and bottled beers, mosty US imports, and a small selection of artisanal liquors if you’re so inclined.

The tasty grilled-cheese sandwiches here are another draw. They come in three varieties – bacon-jalapeno, sausage-sauerkraut; and pizza-style – and all are reasonably voluminous. The background music tends toward the rock end of the pop-music spectrum. Beers are Y700 and Y1000 for small and large sizes, cans and bottles are in the Y750-900 range, and sandwiches are around Y900. …continue reading


How much does it cost to eat out in Japan?

Or what can you eat for what kind of price? The options for eating out are myriad in Japan both in terms of how much it costs and what’s on offer. From a down and out tachigui joint (eating while standing) through to some of the finest cuisine on earth served in a suitably lavish setting the eating out experience in Japan surely has something for all tastes and budgets. Yes, that’s right – budgets. OK, so Japan perhaps can’t compare to backpacker Bangkok but if you’ve made it this far there should be no need for going hungry. Despite the rumours and the annual lists published in money magazines, Japan, at least in terms of getting fed, isn’t half as expensive as you might expect. How much does it cost to eat out in Japan then? This is a broad question requiring of a considered approach to get the most out of it. We thought about breaking things down into “restaurant” type but then we (and you) could be here all day there are that many in Japan. Instead we’ll break it down by cost, or budget – What you can get for how much? In this way we hope to get straight to the crux of the matter – How much will it cost me?Rock bottom: 500 yen or lessHow can you eat out in Japan for less than 500 yen in Japan? Arguably the best value for money can be found in the phrase, “one coin”. Yes, there is a 500 yen coin in Japan (it’s the biggest one). Entrepreneurial restaurateurs have latched onto this and now offer (typically) lunches for “one coin” or indeed, the “one coin lunch”. Of course, you could pay …continue reading