{  Yakitori Akira  }

Yakitori Akira
Yakitori Akira
Yakitori Akira
Yakitori Akira
Yakitori Akira
Yakitori Akira

Yakitori Akira is not your traditional Yakitori with skewers. It’s more of a “Chicken Cuisine” and it’s a place where you can eat raw chicken (aka chicken sashimi). Located in Nakameguro by the river, this smokey chicken house is quite happening (only open for dinner) and it gets quite loud. Seating is on the floor so for those of you who are not used to sitting on zabuton you may find it a little difficult to dine for a few hours.

This was actually my first time eating raw chicken and I personally didn’t like it that much. But for those of you who enjoy it or would like to try raw chicken, they have a fresh selection so you may like it more than I did. We ordered the 3800yen course and it was quite filling. They also have a grill that you cook your chicken and veggies on which is called a shichirin(七輪) and it gives this beautiful smokey flavor to the chicken which was good.

My favorite part was the tamagokake-gohan, which you basically swirl your raw egg onto your rice with a little bit of soy sauce and it’s delicious. (Tamagokake-gohan is an old school way to eat rice and it brings back memories of my childhood.) The course ended with matcha green tea ice cream and overall it was a nice experience but since I’m not that into raw chicken, unfortunately it wasn’t one of my favorite places. If you’d like to try raw chicken though, this is definitely the place to go. Also, during cherry blossom season, this restaurant gets quite packed as they have a beautiful view along the river.

Address // Riverside Terrace 106, 1-10-23, Nakameguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo (map)
Phone Number // 03-3793-0051
Website // n/a

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{  Local India  }

Local India
Local India
Local India
Local India

Delicious Nan bread. I mean, look at it!

This Indian restaurant is located in Ebisu near Ebisu Garden Place. They serve Indian Curry that is more favored to fit Japanese people’s taste. They use real spices from India but not as strong or spicy as authentic Indian curries.

Pictured above are the Curry lunch set which came with butter chicken curry, nan, and a drink for 950yen and the Tarry lunch set that comes with two different types of curry, rice, nan, chicken, salad, and a drink for 1250yen. You can also adjust the spiciness of your curry.

I would have to say even though it’s not authentic curry, everything was pretty good and I enjoyed the nan bread. It’s great that the nan is all you can eat even though it’s quite large already.

If you are looking for authentic curry, I recommend here.

Address // 2F, 1-23-8, EbisuMinami, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3793-1656
Website // http://www.localindia.jp

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{  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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{  Chinese Restaurant Essence  }

Chinese Restaurant Essence
Chinese Restaurant Essence
Chinese Restaurant Essence
Chinese Restaurant Essence

This Chinese Restaurant uses seasonal ingredients and specializes in creating healthy dishes with Chinese herbs that are good for your body which is why it’s very popular amongst women. On the weekdays they offer lunch from just 1000yen, but on the weekends their lunches start from 1500yen. We decided to get their pre-fix lunch course which includes a main dish of your choice, soup, appetizer, dan dan noodles, rice or porridge, dessert, and a drink of your choice.

Everything was delicious and we enjoyed a nice relaxing lunch which is close to Gaienmae Ichonamiki. If you are feeling like your body needs some detox after drinking too much the night before or just want something good for your body, come check out this place.

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Pre-fix Lunch Set – 1500yen

メインのお料理:
A. 日替わりメイン料理
B. いろいろ野菜と生湯葉の温サラダ
C. 「あべ鶏」の油淋鶏 ベビーリーフ添え
D. 四川風 麻婆豆腐
E. 海老のチリソース煮

スープ:二十四節気の薬膳スープ
小菜盛り合わせ:小菜3種盛り合わせ(本日の焼き物・本日の冷菜・本日の点心)
麺:一口汁なしタンタン麺
ご飯orお粥:雑穀米のお粥か長野産ミルキークイーンのご飯 ※大盛り無料
デザート:本日のデザート
ドリンク

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Address // 3-8-2, Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6805-3905
Website // http://chinese-essence.jimdo.com/

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{  Cafe One  }

Cafe One
Cafe One
Cafe One
Cafe One

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DISCLAIMER: This cafe has unfortunately closed in August, 2014.
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Only 16 seats, this tiny cafe in my favorite town of Jiyugaoka is famous for their latte art. It’s another one of those cafes where you can stay for hours just chit chatting, read a book, or chill. The food is actually pretty good too. The menu changes daily but shown above are pumpkin soup with potato foccaccia plate with a drink of your choice for 950yen and the other one is chicken and renkon bowl with a drink of your choice for 950yen as well.

It’s awesome that a cafe latte is included as most places only include coffee or tea. This place also has a booklet that all the guests can sign and oh my, some people are really creative and go all out. It’s nice to see that the cafe also responds to your notes so you can look forward to coming back and checking if you got a response back :)

Hours // Monday-Friday: 12 – 11pm (lunch served till 4pm), Sunday: 12 – 5pm

Address // 2F, 1-31-8, Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // n/a
Website // n/a

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