Ramen Nagi is serving a healthy ramen with noodles from Base Food. The noodles include whole wheat, chia seeds and kombu and has 1/3 of daily recommended nutrients and 50% less carbohydrates. Nagi’s niboshi soup is rich and full of flavor. The noodles have a dense texture.
Chocolatier Toshi Yoroizuka has opened a concept shop in Ebisu serving softee chocolate. Unlike truffles or bonbons this new chocolate is like a dessert with a creamy chocolate filling in more than 20 flavors.
Kanda Myojin Temple, approaching its 1,300th anniversary has opened a new building called Edocco Edo Culture Complex with a Masu Masu Cafe. The menu includes udon, oden, tonkatsu and a variety of sweets and matcha.
Starbucks Reserve Roastery will open a Kengo Kuma-designed branch in Nakameguro overlooking the river. Starbucks has partnered with Italian baker Rocco Princi and his breads and pastries will be served here.
Ralph Lauren in Omotesando is home to Ralph’s Coffee which also sells artisan chocolate bars from New York’s Fine & Raw.
Tachinomi, casual stand-and-drink, inside this sake retail shop Tatsumi Seishudo Tokyo in Higashi-Ginza.
Osaka’s Kushi Katsu Tanaka has opened in Kanda Jimbocho. Bite-size vegetables, meat and fish are breaded and deep-fried until golden brown. Dip into a savory sauce, but only dip once as written to remind diners.
Yakiniku Like in Shinjuku is a grill-your-own sliced beef restaurant with set meals going for less than ¥1,000.
Yakitori Sakegaki in Kabukicho offers grilled skewers starting at ¥99. Diners place their orders on pads, cutting down on staff costs.
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