Insider’s Guide to Eating In and Dining Out

Insider’s Guide to Eating In and Dining Out

Our November guide to Tokyo's best new eats


・Ginza Kagari, known for its popular creamy chicken ramen, tori paitan, has closed both its main shop and the branch in Ginza Station. A new main shop will reopen on October 31. (Chuo-ku, Ginza 6-4-12)

・Wagashi shop Toraya has reopened in Akasaka with a modern building home to a cafe and retail shop. In the basement is a free museum. The current exhibit is an introduction to wagashi and wagashi design motifs.

Wagashi shop Toraya in akasaka

・Japanese tea specialist Oscar Brekell has a new bilingual book called The Book of Japanese Tea.

・With a history of 118 years Nihonbashi Takashimaya’s annex has opened with many shops and restaurants. Over a dozen of the shops open from 7:30am. on weekdays. Highlights include bakeries 365 Nichi and Rituel, Hatonomori Curry, Yamamotoyama tea salon, Septième and Sarashina Horii soba.

Fuglen Coffee is opening a branch in Asakusa’s new hostel hotel Nine Hours.

Fuglen coffee at asakusa

・Yuji Haraguchi, the chef behind Yuji Ramen in Brooklyn, New York has opened his first 17-seat Tokyo ramen shop in Kiyosumi. The signature ramen is tunakotsu, like tonkotsu but made with tuna in lieu of pork. (Koto-ku, Kiyosumi 3-3-25)

Sangenjaya Whim Sake & Tapas is brewing creamy and slightly sparkling doburoku sake on site. Vegetables from Shonai, Yamagata are featured on the menu. (Setagaya-ku, Taishido 1-15-12)

・Global Dining, the restaurant company behind Gonpachi, is opening its first Mexican restaurant, Taco Fanatico in Nakameguro. (Meguro-ku, Kamimeguro 1-5-10)