High Tea at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Tokyo’s Oriental Lounge is definitely a special experience and I highly recommend it for a special occasion. Since the lounge is located on the 38th floor, you get an amazing view of Tokyo if it’s a clear day (it was unfortunately raining on the day we went so the view was not that great.)
The High Tea is around 5000yen per person and the pastries, desserts and teas are all exquisite. The best part is the teas and scones are all you can drink/eat so if you’re still hungry, get more! Eat the scone while it’s warm :)
If you are looking for a nice date spot or want to splurge a little and treat yourself, I highly recommend this place.
Address // Mandarin Oriental Hotel Tokyo 38F,
2-1-1, Nihonbashimuromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3270-8188
Website // http://www.mandarinoriental.co.jp/tokyo/dining/lounge/
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
Unbelievable cost performance! An A5-rank Kurogewagyu-beef lunch set for
1300yen 1500yen! in Roppongi.
If you are looking for the best lunch deal with a great traditional Japanese lunch experience, come here. This place is so popular that even though we arrived here by 11:40am, only 10 minutes after they opened, it was already full. We waited about 40 minutes until we got a seat, and many people were giving up standing in line as an employee came out to tell them how long it would be until the next seating. It’s nice because most of the seating is in private rooms with a traditional tatami setting.
Places like this are popular for a reason. How can you offer something like this for only
1300yen 1500yen! The meat was a little rare for my taste but my friends all loved it. You start by tasting the beef on it’s own first. Then, you’re supposed to enjoy it along with the condiments that come with it on the side. As you eat your rice, you’ll discover another layer of meat underneath it. After some time the servers bring you more rice to finish off your dish as Hitsumabushi (ochazuke style). The hot dashi poured over the rice and meat is like an entirely new dish. YUMM. Definitely give this a try if you’re in the area, you won’t regret it.
Note: Closed on Sundays. Lunch service: 11:30am-2pm (Often closes early as the lunch set sells out)
Update: Looks like their Hitsumabushi lunch set now costs 1300yen (May, 2014).
Address // 4-10-2, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3796-3369
Website // http://www.tokyo-rf.com/restaurants/r04/index.html
After our meal, we decided to tea at Quil Fait Bon Daikanyama which is only 4 minutes walking distance.
Kitchen Bon is an old restaurant that has been around for years and is owned by a stubborn old man and his very nice wife. Although the building that the restaurant is in seems like it’s modern and new, you will feel like you’ve traveled back in time as soon as you walk inside.
This restaurant is most famous for their borscht, a slowly stewed soup that originated from Russia. Neither my friends nor I have ever had this type of soup so after reading great reviews about it as well as how legendary Japanese singer Misora Hibari and legendary Giant’s coach Mr. Nagashima were both regulars here, we knew we had to try it. They also serve curry, pork/chicken cutlets, hamburg steak and all sorts of other dishes which are highly rated by others.
Anyhow, we decided to order the borscht (1470yen) + homemade dark rye bread with butter (around 300yen) which was recommended with the soup. We weren’t sure what to expect (or how authentic it was) but all of us agreed that it was absolutely delicious. Our first impression was that it looked like a heavy soup since it was a dark color with chunks of potatoes and cream on top. But as soon as we took a sip of it, we realized that it’s a hearty, salty, and strong-flavored soup that’s addictive and the rye bread which absorbs the soup so well when you dip it is the perfect side dish. All I can say is it was satisfying and although it’s a little pricey for just soup and bread, it was worth trying and experiencing a new cuisine.
After this meal, my friends and I walked over to nearby Quil Fait Bon for some tea and delicious fruit tarts to continue our chit chat ;)
Address // 1F, 1-3-11, Ebisunishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3461-8538
Website // n/a
Toritake is an awesome Yakitori place located right by Shibuya station. It’s a hole-in-the-wall Izakaya kind of place and has three floors which are constantly packed with customers. Be prepared to wait a little during popular hours.
We’ve been here a few times cause we love how affordable and good the Yakitori is. Over the course of our visits, we’ve experimented with ordering our dishes with both the “tare” (sauce flavoring) and the “shio” (salt flavoring) and overall we tend to prefer the salt more since it really brings out the flavor of the chicken and takes the veggies to another level. Everything here is delicious and I highly recommend their stuffed green pepper (ピーマンの肉詰め). Yummm. The place is loud and happening during dinner hours with people of all ages and a variety of different nationalities represented among the diners. They surprisingly have an English menu and I’ve also heard great things about their lunch as well.
Just FYI, be prepared to take off your shoes if you sit on the basement-level floor or to sit next to people who are smoking.
Note: Closed on the second Monday of every month.
Address // 1-6-1, Dougenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3461-1627
Website // n/a