A must for beer lovers, Bashamichi Taproom is one of several outlets for Baird Beer, a small brewery dedicated to making flavorsome beers using traditional malted barley, whole flower hops and soft Numazu water. The three-story Taproom has a long bar on the ground floor, a large room with bar and table seating on the second floor and a rooftop beer garden. The range of beers on tap include brown ale, pale ale, IPAs, a lager, a stout, and amber ale, as well as seasonal choices and a guest ale. The food menu offers authentic American style BBQ with beef, pork and chicken. There is also pizza, salad, macaroni cheese and Texas chili. A big-screen TV and regular music events help to create an inviting atmosphere. -AH
Open by reservation only, Yamada Chikara offers the immense experience of traditional Japanese kaiseki ryori (a traditional and intricate, multi-course meal) combined with the highest quality of European culinary technique. A veritable closet of a restaurant, only 8 guests per night are privy to the prix fixe menu at this intimate and acclaimed restaurant.
Initially an apprentice at one of Tokyo's more upscale eateries, now chef Takeshi Soto puts his culinary energy and mastery into Authentic, which specializes in gourmet burgers. The jewel in their crown is their innovative Authentic burger. Not for the faint at heart, it offers three beef patties layered with chili, eggs, cheese and bacon, all on a crispy, homemade bun. Want fries with that? They'll make them fresh while you wait, no heat-lamp specials here! Their bacon burger and broccoli cheeseburgers are equally tasty, and so are their sandwiches. Lunchtime gets crowded, so either be patient or come back later.
For delicious oysters, the Fish House Oyster Bar is your best bet. With oysters from Canada, America, and a plethora of local varieties, there are as many varieties as there are ways to chomp them down. Besides oysters, clam chowders, cheese platters and several other menu choices are also available. This one-room joint also offers a thoughtful variety of oyster-friendly wines and beers. Whether you believe in the power of the oyster or not, if you are a fan, aficionado, or just want to see what all the fuss is about, then the Fish House Oyster Bar is a great place to start.
One of the most loved cafes in the neighborhood, Réfectoire is known for its simply delicious sandwiches and small bites. Spacious and elegant, with a warm, welcoming atmosphere, the ambiance of this restaurant sets the tone for a laid-back snack. Featuring a host of delectable sandwiches, including the popular paté de champagne baguette and Smoked chicken sandwich, this restaurant has something for everyone. Apart from the sandwiches, the desserts and beverages are also worth a shot.
While Yukimura is tucked away in Azabu-Juban and doesn't boast of an extravagant setting unlike other Michelin starred restaurants in the city, it has earned an international reputation. With limited counter seating and only nine seats on tables, it means that booking is essential - but it is well worth it, to try Jun Yukimura's Kyoto-inspired cuisine. All ingredients are shipped in especially from Kyoto. Try the matsutake mushrooms, wrapped in eel and grilled over coals; or the grilled bamboo shoots, cooked until perfectly tender. Jun Yukimura is rightly celebrated as one of Japan's most innovative and deft chefs and if you are lucky enough to get a seat, you are guaranteed a meal of unrivaled finesse.
The color mauve is very relaxing and calming, and while not a large restaurant, Dhaba India's use of it puts their clients at ease the moment they step in the door. Tucked away just a short walk from bustling Tokyo station is this little gem of a resto, which from the outside doesn't look like much, but step inside and end let its calming mauve walls envelop you in its charm. Dhaba India is known for its flavorful and inexpensive lunch specials. Specializing in South Indian food including Tamilian and Kerala style, not only is it worth your hard-earned money, but the atmosphere and friendly staff make this Dhaba India well worth seeking out. - Stephen Lebovits
This tiny sushi restaurant is making raves in Tokyo and is among the best of its kind in town. The brainchild of Sawada Koji, a former truck driver and later sushi chef, Sawada opened in 2004. Though it is very difficult to get a seat, once you do, you are in for a treat. This expensive diner offers a feast of the finest of seasonal Japanese seafood and is prepared daily with love.
There is a plethora of sushi restaurants in the Ginza, so to be revered by locals, you have to up the ante. Kosaza Zushi, as proven by its enduring local popularity, has definitely done this. Everything from the anagu (sea eel) to the beautifully tender marinated tuna, the sushi here is of the highest quality. It is lovingly and expertly created by a completely silent chef; and you can be guaranteed that if you're eating top-rated sushi in Tokyo, it is among the best sushi in the world. Moreover, it is one of those rare local favorites that isn't publicized much on social media, since the clientele is a much older crowd, making this place even more alluring for those who wish to dine in peace.
Located in the famous Tokyo Tsukiji Fish Market, Daiwa Sushi is a pleasant treat for all the sushi lovers. Serving only fresh and quality Sushi at reasonable prices, Daiwa has no doubt become a favorite among locals. The restaurant is small and generally crowded, hence expect to stand in a queue. However this wait might surely prove worthwhile once you have had a bite of the marine delight served here.
This hidden gem is a very popular spot among sushi lovers. Sushi Saito is chef/owner, Takashi Saito's labor of love. It is located inside an inconspicuous car park and can seat only up to 8 people. Hence reservations are a must. Such is its popularity that sushi enthusiasts from far and wide come here to taste its delicious preparations. Due to its compact size, you can interact with the affable chef while he is creating your dishes, making it an even more memorable experience.