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  • TGI FRIDAY'S: Shibuya (American / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/09
  • The deliciousness of the food and the famed variety in mixed drinks barely compensates for the long wait in this location, the inattentive staff, and the atmosphere. Frequented by many families, many with small children, the noise level is quite high. During lunch hours, it's a quiet spot filled with businesspeople with lunch specials that cater to both the Japanese and foreign palate for 1,000 yen. If you are looking to hit up a TGI Friday's for a peaceful dinner, it is probably better to go to the Roppongi or Shinagawa locations.
  • Outback: Shibuya (American / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/09
  • A tucked-away location but worth the walk from the station. The interior of the restaurant is far classier than the chain's American locations and has the feel of a classy winery restaurant. While they do have an impressive wine collection, the feature that pushes this restaurant from good to very good is certainly the size of the beers. The mugs approach a liter in size, making you wonder if forgoing a meal in favor of another brew is a good idea. But don't totally abandon the menu - it's delicious. The steaks are fabulous, the never-ending warm bread with honey butter is nearly divine and highly addictive, the chicken is as good as the steak, and there are even vegetarian options. English speaking friendly staff makes it a welcome stop after struggling to be understood in yet another ramen shop.
  • El Torito : Shinjuku (Mexican / Shinjuku)
  • 2008/11/09
  • The food was excellent and the portion sizes for the set course menu for a large group was very generous. Classic tex-mex with fabulous and irresistible tortillas made from scratch in-house. Unfortunately, the drink service was pretty slow. But they have a good selection of moderately priced imported beers. And an extensive selection of cocktails: margaritas to daquiris and their own signature drinks. Lively atmosphere but a location not that easy to find for newcomers to the area. Reservations are highly recommended as the wait can be up to 45 minutes on an average weekday.
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