The Tavern at Andaz Tokyo

Lovely lunch at The Tavern – Grill and Lounge in the Tokyo Andaz hotel in Toranomon. On the 52nd floor and with high ceilings there are some dramatic views of the city overlooking the Imperial Palace and towards Tokyo Sky Tree. The salad Nicoise includes seared tuna, quail eggs, and caviar is a lovely starter….

Nihonbashi Yukari Shōkadō Bentō

The shōkadō bentō at Nihonbashi Yukari is a luxurious lunch. In the evenings the Iron Chef @kimiononaga serves a multi-course kaiseki menu of seasonal dishes. The lunch starts with a savory custard which is chilled in the summer and hot in winter. The bentō box has four sections: a collection of small bites – like…

Tsukiji Turret Coffee

My favorite coffee in Tokyo is Turret Coffee near Tsukiji Market. The seasonal latte at the moment is a Christmas inspired Buche de Noel with berries and a hint of rum. If you go be sure to check out the turret parked inside. It’s the vehicle used at the market for deliveries. Turret Coffee Chūō-ku,…

Inarizushi Bentō

A vegetarian bentō of inarizushi fried tōfu cooked in a sweet syrup and stuffed with rice. Inarizushi are popular with many of my food tour clients.

Tsukiji Breakfast Toto Grill

Tohto Grill @totogurill is where the workers at Tsukiji go for breakfast and lunch. This breakfast is the B Set for the day. Seven small bites including tuna sashimi, oysters, and shūmai dumplings for 950 yen ($7). As you can see in the photos of the was food the menu is extensive. Fried shrimp, curry,…

Onigiri at Tokyo Station

Onigiri, also called omusubi, #Japanesebreakfast at #TokyoStation Honnoriya. I was craving roe so picked mentaiko spicy pollack roe and ikura salmon roe. Include miso soup with carrots, spinach, and fried tōfu. Diners select from one of @marukome_family’s four miso flavors. I chose sea bream which was oishii delicious. There is a small eat-in section and…

Tonki Tonkatsu

Old school #tonkatsu in a #Ginza basement. Grated daikon and ponzu is recommended by the shop and was delicious. #Tonjiru #miso soup of pork and vegetables. とん㐂 #Tonki Chūō-just, Ginza 6-5-15

Ginza Kikunoya

Kikunoya in Ginza came up with the idea of dry confectionaries for tea time and this colorful fukiyose was developed. Presented in colorful tins the sweets have a long shelf life and are a fun omiyage gift for friends. Opened in 1890 Kikunoya is a busy shop in the heart of Ginza (Ginza 5-9-17). The…

Mikado Kissaten Hot Dog Breakfast

The morning hot dog set at Mikado kissaten in Nihonbashi. Mikado has been roasting coffee beans and serving coffee since 1948. The shop is also famous for its mocha soft serve. Service here is very kind. Tokyo-to, Chūō-ku, Nihonbashi Muromachi 1-6-7 https://mikado-coffee.com

Kyobashi Isehiro Yakitori

Not far from Tokyo Station is one of my go-to yakitori shops. Isehiro has been grilling chicken skewers for over one hundred years (est. 1921). The tsukune chicken balls, my favorite in the city, have a meaty texture. Isehiro calls these dango on their menu. When I worked at Takashimaya depachika down the street I…

Parlour Kimuraya Kissaten

The morning coffee set at Kimuraya kissaten in the Shinbashi Building near Shinbashi station. Thick toast, boiled egg, and coffee for 490 yen ($3.50). I added a salad and was tickled. Fun presentation – and pineapples! I love these retro coffee shops. The music playing was from when I lived in Japan in the 80s…

Kanazawa Kazu Nakashima Fruit Mochi

Mochi stuffed with a sweet white bean paste and seasonal fruit. Café @Kazu_Nakashima in the Higashi Chaya district of Kanazawa specializes in fruits mochi. The building housing the cafe dates to the Edo period (1603-1867) and is as charming as the sweets. The shop serves teas, other sweets, and mattcha latte. Chef Nakashima is a…