Restaurants in Tokyo
Teppanyaki Sekishin-TeiUnique culinary experience in a very unique setting, Sekishin-tei is a relaxing counter-style seating restaurant nestled within the 400 year old Japanese Garden. Japanese food is prepared right in front of you by our chef at the grill. The beauty of the changing seasons and the wonderful choice of food, such as top quality Japanese beef and the finest selection of market-fresh seafood, contribute to a most exquisite dining experience. Seating is limited to 24 people. Reservations are strongly suggested.
HoursLunch: 11:30am-2:00pm courses from ¥3,500
Weekend and National Holidays: 11:30am-3:00pm
Dinner: 6:00pm-9:00pm courses from ¥13,000
ReservationsIn Japan: 03-3238-0024
Gonpachi1-13-11 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku
Nearest station: Roppongi or Hiroo
Open: 11:30am-6:00am daily
Gonpachi recreates the atmosphere of old Japan. Special seats are available for drinking sake and the private rooms are arranged to allow a good view of the high ceilinged restaurant. The top floor of the sushi restaurant has garden seats allowing you to escape and forget the busy city, and for special occasions. The menu consists of hand-made soba, original Japanese dishes using seasonal ingredients, grilled dishes and sushi (both traditional and original hand rolled). Enjoy these feasts with the best Japanese sake and shochu or an original cocktail. Lunch costs ¥1,200, Dinner ¥3,500 (¥6,500 for dinner in the sushi restaurant). Koyzumi, the Japanese prime minister, took George. W. Bush to eat there.
DaidaiyaAddress: 8-5 ginza-Nine no.1 2F, Ginza-Nishi, Chuo-Ku. Tel.: 5537-3566
Location: near Sinbashi station.
Opening hours: 5:00pm-1:00am daily.
Average cost: ¥7000.
This restaurant's interior design is bound to make you go "wow"!
Daidaiya boasts probably the most remarkable interior in Tokyo.
The food is an interesting and tasty gourmet variation of the basic Japanese food.
You have to see Daidaiya to believe.
Jyu (Japanese Robata cuisine)4-4-7 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku. (03)5449-2310
Naka Meguro branch: (03)3794-1050
Very popular, good fish and seafood selection, same can be said for Nihon-shu.
Menu: Japanese, English
Holiday: open daily
Credit Card: accepted
Photos by Amir Klimowski
Ukai-ToriyamaThis jidori no robatayaki (organic chicken cooked on a round grill) restaurant provides the perfect setting for its own annual summer firefly watching festival, which runs until Aug 17. Nestled deep in the woods of Mt Takao in Hachioji, Ukai-Toriyama is more retreat than restaurant, and more a lesson in Japanese culture than Nippon cuisine. 30 tatami rooms, quaint teahouses, gardens, streams and lanterns contribute to a quintessential Japanese eating experience. The buildings are all built in the traditional 300-year old maegassho zukuri temple-like style, and each private dining room looks out into the gardens. Enjoy their simple but yummy meals featuring chicken sets that start from ¥4500-¥5500 and beef from ¥7500-¥8500. Be sure to book well in advance because these fireflies are not to be missed.
Open Mon-Sat 11am-9:30pm, Sun and Holidays, 11am-7pm. Hachioji-shi, Minami-Asakawa-cho. Tel: 04-2661-0739. Access: Keio line, Takaosanguchi stn. A shuttle bus runs every 20min from the station. Menu in Japanese. Credit cards accepted.
Canard - FrenchAddress: Shinjuku 5-17-6, B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily. Tel.: 3200-0706
This cozy French basement restaurant serves nightly set menus of ¥2500 and ¥3800. It's located down an alley opposite the Marui Interior department store on Meiji-dori. Shinjuku-Sanchome Station.
Superb French cooking in one of Tokyo's tiniest restaurants. Dinner is ¥2,800 for three courses, and they offer a surprisingly wide selection of entrées, cheeses, and wines, considering the restaurant's size.
Duck photo by Gali Designs
Ankara (Turkish)Shibuya 3780-1366, Dogenzaka 1-14-9, B1F. Open 5:30-11:30pm (LO) daily.
A very appetizing selection of appetizers and an impressive assortment of kebabs and chef's specialties for such a small restaurant (just four tables and a counter). The chef isn't afraid of spices, using more red pepper and garlic than is usual for Tokyo. The interior is spare, but the music adds to the atmosphere.