Sakurai Japanese Tea Experience: Ultimate Tokyo Tea Atelier

In the heart of Omotesando’s fashionable shopping district lies Sakurai, a one-of-a-kind, contemporary tea house that has quickly garnered a reputation for serving the ultimate Japanese tea experience.

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Sushi Ochiai – Sushi lunch in Tokyo under $100

At ¥5,000 for a course of 13 nigiri, Sushi Ochiai, an edomae style sushiya, offers one of the most valuable sushi lunch deals in Tokyo.

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Decadent Galettes at La Boutique de Joel Robuchon

When in the early onset of Spring… eat a foie gras and truffle French galette or two!

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Gen Yamamoto: Japan’s cocktail shokunin

In the midst of all that is loud, crazy and whimsical in Japan, Gen Yamamoto is a welcoming and elegant addition to the Tokyo bar scene.

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Sushisho Masa – “Best Sushi in Tokyo?”

Popularised by the internet foodie community as one of the best sushi restaurants in Japan that “serves a lot of food”, Sushisho Masa – a 7-seater edomae style sushiya located in the heart of Tokyo’s upscale Nishi Azabu district – gained the attention of global audiences when prominent YouTube duo Simon and Martina Stawski, shared a ‘vlog’ of themselves each eating their way through more than 40 servings of sushi at the restaurant in 2013. Is this the “best sushi in Tokyo?” – Here are 5 things to take note before visiting:

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1* Michelin Tokyo: Sushi Iwa

Not all hope is lost in the pursuit of dining at the temples of Tokyo’s sushi gods. Plenty of Michelin-standard and underrated sushiyas, tucked away in the streets or basements of anonymous buildings in the capital, welcome tourists and first-time diners. One such restaurant is Sushi Iwa いわ, a 1 Michelin-starred sushiya by owner-chef Hisayoshi Iwa who trained at Sushi Kanesaka, a celebrated institution which has produced a legion of sushi masters, including Takashi Saito (Sushi Saito).

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Japan, Revisited: Of feasts, winter & revelry

Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing highlights from our journeys across Osaka, Kyoto, Hokkaido and Tokyo through a series of photos on Foodume, as well as thoughts and reviews on some of the restaurants we visited. Needless to say, it will be difficult to bid farewell to Japan each time, but there is boundless joy and revelry in revisiting memories forged there.

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Andaz Tavern: Modern provincial kitchen in the heart of Tokyo

Unlike what you would typically expect of flagship restaurants in luxury hotels, Andaz Tavern’s menu echoes a down-to-earth approach, featuring locally and regionally sourced produce cooked with the customer’s heart and soul in mind. It draws inspiration from classic European homestyle dishes that many can identify with – from Italian-style risottos to French duck leg confit and beef bourguignon – and shakes things up with Japanese influences in cooking and aesthetics.

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Uogashi Nihon-Ichi Standing Sushi Bar: Casual & affordable sushi in Tokyo

Before we share with you our dining experiences at higher-end sushiyas, it is imperative that we first have a conversation about the good ol’ standing-style sushi bars in Tokyo. Casual, upfront, noisy and sometimes unglamorous, standing sushi bars come with a compact counter space, over-the-counter sushi, and shoulder-to-shoulder rubbing with strangers. From Japanese salarymen to…

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Gramercy New York Cheesecake: A Japan favourite

The great cheesecake debate often circles around the rhetoric: what makes a good-tasting cheesecake? Does it have to have a higher proportion of cheese or sponge? While the classically dense New York cheesecake will always be la familia to palates of globalised eaters, a growing fleet of patisseries across Japan have perfected their cheesecake to be a different kind:…

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1* Michelin Tokyo: Tempura Motoyoshi

Nestled within a basement corner of the Minami-Aoyama residential district in Tokyo is Tempura master Kazuhito Motoyoshi’s playground for deep-fried artistry, the one Michelin-starred Tempura Motoyoshi restaurant. Often revered as the benchmark for exceptional tempura, owner and chef Motoyoshi’s finesse and dedication to detail in his restaurant is both iconic and exemplary. From the choice of grandeur…

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