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Best Australian Restaurants In Tokyo When You’re Craving A Hearty Meal

Best Australian Restaurants in Tokyo

Rugby fans from all over the world will gather to Japan this month to watch the long-awaited Rugby World Cup, and with the sport being so popular in Australia, we think we’ll be welcoming in a lot of Aussies. Luckily, Tokyo is home to exquisite Australian dining that doesn’t disappoint. Whether you’re craving a high-quality burger, dying for an Australian dinner and wine pairing, or just need a break from the standard Japanese noodles and sushi diet, you can get your Australian food-fix right here in Tokyo.

1. bills Ginza

bills food - Best Australian Restaurants in Tokyo

bills was founded in Darlinghurst, Sydney, with a focus on serving simple, fresh flavors in light, healthy plates. Since Sydney, bills has grown into a global brand with four Tokyo locations across Ginza, Odaiba, Omotesando, and Futakotamagawa. The menu classics stay the same across all bills’ around the world, so all you brunch-goers can enjoy your favorite full Aussie breakfast (a standard Australian meal including scrambled eggs, toast, bacon, and sausage), smashed avocado toast, and the ever-popular ricotta hotcakes with a honeycomb butter that you’ll melt for as quickly as it will on the hotcakes. Favorites on the dinner menu include the prawn linguine, shrimp burger, chicken schnitzel, and wagyu burger.

Where: Okura House 12F, 2-6-12 Ginza, Chuo-ku
When: Daily, 8:30 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
How much: bills Classics starting at ¥1,800

2. Ironbark Grill & Bar

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Izakaya Nights: The Best of Japanese Pubs in Tokyo

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A quintessential Japanese experience, a night spent in a Tokyo izakaya is an insight into the rowdier side of a composed culture, with cold beer and good food thrown in.
Izakaya are difficult to define if you’ve never had the pleasure of experiencing a night (or early morning) in one. Part bar, part restaurant and part something undefineable—they are often smokey, almost always noisy and definitely best when busy. Offering all the must-try Japanese drinks like nihonshu and umeshu as well as draft beer and highballs, you can find your favorites while you choose a few small plates to go with them. An establishment’s specialty can vary, it could be a mix of skewers, some fresh sashimi or traditional tofu dishes—as wel

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Nagashi Somen: Where to Eat Flowing Noodles In and Around Tokyo

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If you are one of those people who eat meals with one hand while typing on their phone with the other, we got a challenge for you: nagashi somen.
Nagashi somen are thin noodles that are enjoyed flowing down a bamboo chute with ice-cold water. And you’ll need all of your focus to fish for your lunch if you want to get your fill! Unsurprisingly, this cold noodle dish is usually enjoyed during the summer months and in a natural, outdoor setting. While you won’t find any venues in central Tokyo that offer this rather traditional and extremely fun experience, there are a few places where you can enjoy nagashi somen around Tokyo.
About nagashi somen
Nagashi somen is a seasonal meal, so if you want to get in on the fun, make sure

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EVENT: Cheese Drawing and Cute Sandwich Tutorial at Kaimuki Public Library

If you live in the Honolulu area, I’ll be doing an event this coming Sunday at the Kaimuki Public Library from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The demo itself will be pretty quick. I’ll show people the basics on how to cut out and make characters with cheese, then apply nori. After that, it’ll mostly be a hands-on, have-tons-of-fun session where you get to make your own!

I believe the event will be in the downstairs meeting room, but I’ve never been down there, so if you’re not sure either, it’s best to head to the front desk first and ask for directions. Hope to see you there!

After the event, I’ll have some books on hand (both Yum-Yum Bento and Yum-Yum Bento All Year Round) that participants can purchase and get signed.

Hope to see you there!

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Charbro: Musashi Kosugi


This cozy neighborhood spot serves a great line-up of burgers and sandwiches. The burgers are some of the best in town, with a pleasant infusion of charcoal flavoring from the grill, and they’re served with excellent home-made bacon, crisp thinly cut fries and good cole slaw. There are also plenty of optional toppings such as grilled jalapenos and chili con carne.

In the evenings the menu expands to include a fair number of starters and specials. Our chili con carne with cornbread was meaty and very tasty, and the jalapeno poppers were quite enticing. On the other hand the “guacamole” was quite bland and seemed to consist almost entirely of mashed avocado. BBQ smoked back ribs are also served in the evening, but we’d recommend sticking with the burgers.

Two taps dispense craft beers from Gigantic Brewing in Portland, Oregon, and Be Easy in Aomori, and this seems like an adequate beer selection for a shop this size. You can also choose from several California wines by the glass or bottle. The two-story space is set up with counter seating on the first floor and tables upstairs. The background music tends towards country rock, blues, Steely Dan and Bob Dylan.

Lunchtime burgers start at Y1000 for a regular burger and Y1300 for a Bacon Cheeseburger; coffee or tea is included in the price. Budget around Y3000-4500 for food and drink at dinnertime. Burgers and sandwiches are ready to take out at both lunch and dinnertime. …continue reading