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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
The Marunouchi area of Tokyo is not know for its fun and frivolity, but that is just what some local restauranteurs wagered on when they opened the Mucho Mexican resto-bar - to inject some colorful flavor into this reserved part of town. They have succeeded. Akin to a more resort-like, Mexican resto, Mucho Modern Mexicano brings the smells, tastes and colors of Mexico alive. The place is lively and fun. It is affordable and tasty. Not to mention, the food is made in front of you, guacamole fresh, and the drinks are spirited. You could do worse than taking the time to fiesta here, so why not pop in and see what Mexico can be all about? Reservations recommended. -Stephen Lebovits
Onomiyaki is a special type of savory Japanese pancake which is served with a variety of toppings and can be found in street stalls all around Japan. Okonomiyaki Kiji Marunouchi is a Japanese restaurant which takes this street-food and turns it into a classy but traditional culinary experience. Toppings include varieties like soba noodles, steaks and pork tenderloin. Their pork tenderloin ponzu is also quite popular with the diners. The restaurant has a classy and traditional feel to it with traditional screen doors, minimal decor and an onomiyaki grill at every table. If you want a true Japanese street food experience without risking actual street-side stalls, this is the place to visit.
This lively restaurant and cafe is unlikely to provide any respite if you are feeling fatigued from your Tokyo explorations but no matter; it's a quirky, charming place, one of many cafes and restaurants on the 7th floor of the Marunouchi Building, known simply and affectionately as 'House'. The cuisine is (mostly) Chinese and served late into the night - it's also reasonably priced. So Tired is easy to spot because of the facade and interior, made from multi-colored glass panels in jewel hues. A fun place to while away an evening.
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.
Tokyo is nothing if not unique, and amidst it's uniqueness is a penchant for eating that may be second to none. Per capita there are just too many restaurants to choose from, from cheap and cheerful to way over the top. Antica Osteria del Ponte falls closer to the latter. Born from an epiphany Chef Ezio Santin had many years ago when selling wine across Italy, this second of only two such restaurants in the world has opened in Japan. Located on the top floor of the Marunouchi Building, the food here is simple, unpretentious and fantastic. Offering fish or meat, the food here marries excellent presentation with exquisite taste, and a wine list to match. This restaurant is for those with pockets that are deep enough to satiate their appetites. -Stephen Lebovits