RF1
Food Sake Tokyo | A chef's guide to the best food in Tokyo.
by YukariSakamoto
2d ago
Colorful salads, bentō, and sets with wine- or beer-friendly small bites are offered at RF1. The chicken salad and some of the bentōs are marketed as including “half day’s worth of nourishing vegetables” in the meal. An antipasto set includes cured ham, cheese, quiche, and roasted vegetables. Sausages, shrimp ajillo, corn cream croquette, caponata, and fried cheese will go fabulously with beer. Many of my clients say they feel like they’re not getting enough vegetables while in Japan. I get it. When eating popular Japanese dishes it may be ramen, soba, udon, sushi, yakitori, tonkatsu, a ..read more
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Berg
Food Sake Tokyo | A chef's guide to the best food in Tokyo.
by YukariSakamoto
4d ago
My go-to breakfast at #Shinjuku Station @berg_shinjuku_tokyo. Love this morning set for a bargain ¥429 ($2.85). Open from 7:00 a.m. and it’s a popular shop with those in the know. Several Johnny Cash songs played in the background. A clash of cultures: kissaten, American music, and German meats. If you’re not an early riser come later in the day when Berg’s menu switches over to craft beer and sake with German sausages, meats, and small bites. Love, love, love it here. It’s hidden down a quiet hallway. I hope you find it! Berg Shinjuku Station Shinjuku 3-38-1, Lumine Est basement http://ww ..read more
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Kakeru
Food Sake Tokyo | A chef's guide to the best food in Tokyo.
by YukariSakamoto
1w ago
Fabulous flight of coffee drinks at @koffee_mameya_kakeru. Fascinating to see many expressions of the same bean. Some highlights include the milk-steeped coffee and a milk-steeped coffee mixed with a cacao vinegar that is strained through a paper filter separating the whey from the curds. Sweets are paired with the coffee including a cassis stollen with pepper. Brilliant. Reservations required and can be made online. Arigatō, Kan-chan, for the hospitality and education. Koffee Mameya Kakeru Kōtō-ku, Hirano 2-16-14 Coffee cocktails also on the menu ..read more
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Kashiwaya
Food Sake Tokyo | A chef's guide to the best food in Tokyo.
by YukariSakamoto
1w ago
Kashiwaya is a kaiseki restaurant on a quiet back street in Nihonbashi. The multi-course meal is rich with seasonal ingredients.  Chef Yoshiyuki Kashiwabara was a chef in both San Francisco and in Singapore for over two decades. Both he and his wife speak English and can help answer questions about the dishes and it’s a very relaxed environment. Table side service. Shinji, the fishmonger in our household, was so impressed with the variety of seafood we had in the one meal. I don’t know if I remember it all but it included awabi abalone, hamaguri clams, ainame greenling, isaki grunt ..read more
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Fujie Labo
Food Sake Tokyo | A chef's guide to the best food in Tokyo.
by YukariSakamoto
1w ago
¥500 onigiri morning set. Onigiri breakfast at Fujie Labo at Tachikawa Station. The brightly lit cafe is part of the Yamamotoyama family, Tokyo’s oldest tea shop which dates back 330 years. Two onigiri with a cup of tea, hot or cold, for only 500 yen ($3.50) is the morning set from 7:00 – 10:30 a.m. I picked gyu shigure, beef cooked in a sweet soy sauce and nori with crunchy ume salted apricots. Yamamotoyama specializes in both tea and nori. Fujie Labo is in the e-cute station building. Just exit out of the South Exit and take a right. It is not on the street level but on the level that the ..read more
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Biot
Food Sake Tokyo | A chef's guide to the best food in Tokyo.
by YukariSakamoto
1w ago
Morning set Kissaten old school coffee shops are my go to way to start the day. #Biot, established in 1973, roasts and blends the #coffee in house. This morning set with cheese toast and a hard boiled egg is only ¥750 ($5). The coffee is smooth and the cafe is quiet, aside from the #jazz playing in the background. Open at 7:00 a.m. and a bit busy with salarymen in their suits. Wooden floors and furniture are a warm setting. The stained glass lamp adds charm. Cafe Biot Chiyoda-ku, Kanda Mikuracho 1 ..read more
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Tsukiji Peppers Cafe
Food Sake Tokyo | A chef's guide to the best food in Tokyo.
by YukariSakamoto
2w ago
Te-chan Te-chan, Tetsuya Iwase, of @tsukijipepperscafe. Peppers Cafe is on a quiet side street. Te-chan’s main business is spices. He used to live in Pittsburgh and speaks fluent English. Cheese toast. Peppers Cafe is a channel for him to share fresh black peppers cured in salt. The peppers have a soft texture with a little crunch. Delicious on cheese toast and with steak. Tsukiji Peppers Cafe Tokyo-to, Chūō-ku, Tsukiji 4-10-8 ..read more
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L’Evo
Food Sake Tokyo | A chef's guide to the best food in Tokyo.
by YukariSakamoto
2w ago
Gastronomy tourism is a big part of why tourists are coming to Japan. L’Evo is an example of a restaurant featuring hyper-local ingredients and worth a journey. Chef Eiji Taniguchi’s restaurant is in the mountains of Toyama in the village of Toga in the remote Nanto district. The menu features local seafood and game with mountain vegetables harvested by the staff. The sommelier does an excellent job of pairing wine and sake with each course. The plating is on artisan tableware. The restaurant has a few guest rooms with breakfast included. L’Evo has received accolades from Michelin, Gaul ..read more
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Tonki
Food Sake Tokyo | A chef's guide to the best food in Tokyo.
by YukariSakamoto
3w ago
Tonki tonkatsu pork cutlets. This branch is in Kokubunji which is much easier to get into than the Meguro restaurant. The tonkatsu is very different as it isn’t covered with the shards of panko. My friend cooked at the Meguro restaurant. As I recall the pork was dipped in egg, flour, egg, then a fine panko bread crumbs before it is fried. The hearty miso soup is tonjiru with pork and is rich. Service is very thoughtful. We were offered cabbage refills four times. When green tea refills was offered the warm tea was poured into a container and refreshed with hot tea. #Omotenashi hospitality ..read more
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Wazaya
Food Sake Tokyo | A chef's guide to the best food in Tokyo.
by YukariSakamoto
3w ago
Wafu pasta, Italian dishes with Japanese ingredients, is always a comforting meal. Here scallops and Japanese mushrooms eringi, kikurage, and shimeji in an uni cream sauce. Here at Pasta Wazaya near Mitaka Station on the JR Chuo line. It is in the area of Inokashira Koen park and the Ghibli Museum. The menu is long. I seriously wonder how they keep all the ingredients in the tiny kitchen. Wazaya is a popular restaurant so plan on joining the line. Wazaya わざや Mitaka-shi, Shimorenjaku 3-37-40 Japanese-Italian restaurants outside Japan are gaining in popularity. I’m very excited for our dear f ..read more
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