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
Bills is one of the upscale restaurants in Yokohama, known for its high class food servings. Bills is an Australian restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. The pancakes, pasta and meat dishes at Bills are very famous in Yokohama. The staff and service at Bills is good, very efficient and welcoming. The ambiance at Bills is very cozy and comforting, and the beautiful view overlooking the ocean adds a touch of perfection. A great place for a quiet and peaceful meal.
Occupying the top four floors of the luxurious BVLGARI Ginza Tower, home of the largest BVLGARI store in the world, Il Ristorante is exactly what you would expect from a company known worldwide for its class and elegance. Filled throughout with rich wood floors and accents, the dining room has a pleasant atmosphere that is accentuated by BVLGARI candlesticks and silverware on the tables, while the tall windows that line the walls offer an exquisite view down on to the busy Shibuya district. For a truly impressive view, however, check out their rooftop terrace, which features an Italian-style garden and lounge. The food here is equally elegant with such offerings as saffron risotto, lobster carpaccio, and other high-class Italian fares.
Kaffir Lime is a local Thai restaurant serving authentic down-home dishes in a laid-back setting, surprisingly tucked away in upscale Omotesando. The restaurant offers a great alternative from Japanese fare and is especially busy in the evenings. Portions are substantial so it's best to share with friends. The cozy second-floor restaurant opens out into a sunny terrace that's ideal once the sun sets. Pair Singha beer with cold spring rolls, crisp prawn crackers, hearty bowls of coconut-infused green curry, and fried fish in spicy sauce. If you like your food to pack a punch, this little spot can satisfy those spicy food cravings, though there are plenty of milder options on hand too.
A restaurant that brings Mexican culture to life, Hacienda del Cielo offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience. The first thing you notice when you walk into this restaurant is its fascinating interior design, inspired by Mexican and Mayan lore. Its enticing menu boasts a variety of traditional and modern Mexican delicacies that bring out the true essence of Latin culinary culture. Tease your palate with the classic nachos and guacamole, and then feast on a scintillating chipotle, chimichanga, or quesadilla. Complement your meal with a sangria or opt for one of the signature cocktails like the Agua Fresca, Rebujito or the Coronarita. Offering spectacular views of the Tokyo skyline from the outdoor terrace, the restaurant is ideal for a romantic dinner.
Burger Mania is truly a find, even though its location is somewhat strange. About a 10-minute walk from the nearest station, Burger Mania doesn't jump out at you, but rather sits and waits for you to find it. Reminiscent of the cool, sidewalk cafes of New York or Montreal, this joint is chill, cozy, and best of all, serves up some really good burgers. But that's not all that's on the menu. With a variety of sandwiches, salads, desserts and quite a full bar, you could spend the whole night here without any problems. Offering a very cozy outdoor terrace as well as a delivery service, sometimes those hard-to-find places end up being the best finds of all.
The wooden interior, dark walls, open terrace, and long, gleaming bar add to the old-fashioned, European pub-feel at Antwerp Station. It's by far one of the biggest Belgian beer pubs in Tokyo. Top-flight European beers are the show stoppers here, with a few on draft and the rest in bottles. The food, which pairs well with the drinks, is high quality and very tasty. Given the name of the bar and restaurant, the menu is heavy on Belgian specialties, including frites, and muscles which come prepared in a wide variety of ways. Other choices include various roasted meats, with flavorful grilled vegetables on the side, and it's always a safe bet to try whatever is on the daily specials board.
This restaurant serves a mix of Italian, French and ethnic style dishes with a Japanese twist. It is a nice place to have a light meal and enjoy a glass of wine. Dishes include marinated octopus and whale. Wine is JPY500 per glass, so it is a good idea to ask about a bottle or a decanter if you are planning on drinking more. The décor is pleasant, typical of a department store restaurant hoping to attract young working women. Call ahead for hours.
Ironically, serre is French for 'cramped' - given that Cafe Serre's interior is light, spacious and airy, it goes to show that you can't judge a place by its name. Serre is delightful on sunny days as it has a large dining terrace; private function rooms are also available. Cafe Serre serves decent French-style fare; the menu features a fish dish of the day, as well as steak and seafood. It's a great place to enjoy your tea or coffee and maybe even do a little bit of star-spotting - Leonardo diCaprio has signed a chair here.
Aux Bacchanales Kioicho is one of a chain of three French-style cafe restaurants in Tokyo, but it is the one with the prettiest view. It is across from a park full of cherry trees, which blossom in late March, ensuring excited sightseers crowding the restaurant in spring. The decor is impeccably French - the interior is light and airy and busy waiters rush past the long zinc bar. The menu is also of a high standard - if you just want a snack, try one of the 70 varieties of bread on sale in the bakery accompanied with a cup of strong espresso, or if you're in the mood for something a little more substantial, go for the generously portioned steak frites (and be sure to accompany it with a glass of Belgian ale).
Then Hal Yamashita's has to be high on your list. The chef, Haruyuki Yamashita, sourced a kimoto-style sake from Nada, one of the best-known and respected sake districts in Japan and it is exclusive to Hal Yamashita. The chef also considers quality ingredients to be the building blocks of his cooking; the restaurant uses only organic rice and vegetables, alongside Kobe, Tajima and Awaji beef, and specially purified water. The food is exquisitely seasoned and presented, and the Zen-like peacefulness of the atmosphere makes for a unique dining experience.