{  ARIA  }

ARIA
ARIA
ARIA
ARIA

This hidden restaurant is a gem although it’s well known among the OL (ladies who work in the area). Located in Roppongi, ARIA is a pasta house that serves delicious handmade pasta. For lunch, you choose a pasta of your choice and it comes with a drink (coffee or tea) for only 950yen. We added 250yen to add an appetizer, small salad, and bread which I think is worth it.

You can choose 4 different sauces for your pasta. Oil, Tomato, Cream, or other. Pictured above are 3 different pastas we ordered for lunch. ‘Carbonara’, ‘Bacon and Mushroom Cauliflower Cream’, and I think the last one was “Today’s pasta”. They were all so good and the handmade pasta was delicious. You may initially think the portion size may not be enough but it’s surprisingly filling.

This is a popular place so I suggest coming right when it opens for lunch time or else you’ll be stuck waiting. I highly recommend this place if you are a pasta lover.

Lunch Hours: 11:30am – 3pm
Dinner Hours: 5:30 – 11:30pm

Address // 7-10-23, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3403-1670
Website // n/a

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{  Oreno Italian Jazz — 俺のイタリアン  }

Oreno Italian Jazz - 俺のイタリアンJazz
Oreno Italian Jazz - 俺のイタリアンJazz
Oreno Italian Jazz - 俺のイタリアンJazz
Oreno Italian Jazz - 俺のイタリアンJazz
Oreno Italian Jazz - 俺のイタリアンJazz

If you haven’t heard of the “Oreno Italian”, “Oreno French”, aka “Oreno” series, you might be missing out on one of the most popular casual restaurant dinning sensations in Japan right now.

The concept of this restaurant is to serve top notch food with high quality ingredients for an incredible price. The lead chef and owner, Toshihiro Yamaura, used to work for a 3-star Michelin rated restaurant and then decided to open his own idea of serving beautiful and tasty food for an affordable price so he hired fellow talented chefs and got it started. What’s the catch? There’s a two hour time limit and you have to stand through your dinner. The restaurant is barely making money on the cost of the food itself, but by enforcing the time limits they can get through 4 rounds of service and serve 160 people in the restaurant per day. When standing and eating, people will naturally leave before their 2-hour time limit and the service keeps on schedule. There is a limited number of sit down tables but it’s incredibly difficult to make a reservation. I think the best way to make reservation is to just go to the restaurant and ask for one at the location itself but keep in mind that you can only make a reservation up to a month in advance.

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{  Recent Repeats  }

Recent Repeats
Recent Repeats
Recent Repeats

Went to back to ‘Bills’ to get their famous Ricotta Cheese Pancakes but went to the Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku location instead of their original Shichirigahama location. Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku just had their 1 year anniversary and their rooftop garden is currently decorated beautifully with lots of spring flowers and a fun circus theme. It was lovely sitting outside on their terrace seating overlooking the rooftop garden while having some pancakes with a latte ♡

Original post on Bills:
http://www.tokyoeats.jp/bills-shichirigahama/

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Such satisfying meal at Ondoru… My favorite Korean restaurant in town. Aside from their samgyeopsal, the Nira-chijimi is highly recommended.

Original post on Ondoru:
http://www.tokyoeats.jp/ondoru/

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Had a nice time catching up with some friends at IDEE Cafe Parc. Love the terrace seating looking over Roppongi Midtown.

Original post on IDEE CAFE PARC:
http://www.tokyoeats.jp/idee-cafe-parc/

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Went back to Knock for some Italian food with friends.

Original post on Cucina Buona Italiana Knock:
http://www.tokyoeats.jp/cucina-buona-italiana-knock/

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{  Trattoria Il Figo Ingordo  }

Trattoria Il Figo Ingordo
Trattoria Il Figo Ingordo
Trattoria Il Figo Ingordo
Trattoria Il Figo Ingordo
Trattoria Il Figo Ingordo

A solid choice for great Italian food. Even though this restaurant is located on a random street in Roppongi, this place is quite popular and we noticed many people made reservations even for lunch. Perhaps it’s because the cost performance/price for the quality and amount you get is quite good.

For 1400yen, their set includes your choice between 5 handmade pasta dishes, a plate of all you can fit starters (you can’t go back to get more so try to put as much as you want the first round), a bread basket with a variety of breads, and a choice of multiple selections of coffees and teas (including a cappuccino or latte which is a bit rare). I was very satisfied with my meal and was not surprised as at all this place is so happening. If you want authentic good quality Italian, come here.

Address // 7-19-1, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6447-2347
Website // http://www.figo-ingordo.jp/

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{  Nicolas  }

Nicolas
Nicolas
Nicolas
Nicolas
Nicolas

I’m not really into parfaits but I had the most beautiful and delicious Sakura parfait (9ooyen) from this cafe in Sangenjaya. Apparently it’s a seasonal dish which changes every month so you may not be able to try this exact one, but they are famous for their impeccable parfaits. The one I had was more Japanese style and it wasn’t too sweet but still sweet enough with a great texture. It was full of surprises from beginning to the end and I loved every bite of it.

This cafe opens at 2pm which is a little weird and they only have one menu item for lunch, the pasta lunch for 1200yen which includes a bite size dessert and coffee or tea. The pasta was also delicious so it seems the chef has been trained well. On the negative side, one of the waitress had a bit of a strange attitude which made the service feel below the typical Japanese standard level. Also, it’s a small cafe located in a regular residential building, so they won’t allow customers to wait for an opening if the restaurant is full. Despite the obscure location, it seems to be quite popular since we saw many customers turned away who were even willing to wait. Thankfully we arrived a little before they opened so we were seated with no issues. With that in mind, I recommend coming early or making a reservation if you want to dine here.

Address // 4-28-10, Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6804-0425
Website // http://www.nicolasnicolas.com

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