enigmatic's Reviews ( American )

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  • Subway (American / Roppongi)
  • 2009/01/29
  • It's a Subway. Seriously, don't expect any water to wine dietary miracles. If you've been to a Subway, you know exactly what you're going to get. They usually have tables of pre-made sandwiches stacked up outside the store for the lunch rush, so if there's one near your office just stop by and grab one quick. But if you're not interested in a sandwich made that morning, be prepared to stand in an epic line.
  • Louisiana Kitchen Bourbon Street (American / Roppongi)
  • 2009/01/28
  • The best words to describe this place are "a little bit of southern hospitality" and by hospitality, I mean bourbon, spicy food, and rockin' music. Oh, and by "little bit" I mean a lot. This place really is a taste of the Big Easy. Really great chill place. Have to agree that it is, indeed, very non-Roppongi like.
  • Hard Rock Cafe: Roppongi (Bars / Roppongi)
  • 2008/11/16
  • Wow, does this place bring back memories. If you're ever looking to revisit memories, grab a slice of your childhood, or learn a little bit about rock and roll, this is definitely a great option. Classic American food served by English speaking staff and a bar menu with a lot variety. Frequented by a lot of foreign tourists, it's definitely not the place to go for a Tokyo experience. But it might be a nice place to have dinner with friends before heading off to the clubs for the night. Very busy on weekends.
  • Oakdoor (American / Roppongi)
  • 2008/11/11
  • Can anyone say "largest wine selection in Tokyo"? I thought that you could! Located in the Hyatt, it is one of the most elegant dining experiences you'll be able to have in Tokyo. And no matter what you've chosen from the menu, they've got the wine to perfectly complement it. Service is fantastic and entertaining. There really is nothing more to say, as this place speaks for itself.
    Oh, just don't forget to stop at the ATM before you go...or be sure to remember your credit card. Perfection doesn't come cheap.
  • Shakeys: Ikebukuro (American / Ikebukuro)
  • 2008/11/11
  • It doesn't matter which location you go to. Shakey's is equally bad all across Tokyo. It is an American chain that has been localized far too well. The pizzas lack adequate cheese topping, and choices run the gamut from classics like the wasabi barbecue chicken pizzas with corn to mochi dessert pizza. They've attempted nachos, but the toppings come on pre-seasoned Doritos. And the sausage doesn't sound too bad, until you look at the picture and realize the coiled shape is far too similar to some less desirable aspects of human digestion. The restaurants are perpetually loud and chaotic, with a frantic staff doing their best to accommodate all demands. If you're forced to patronize this chain, go for the curry fries. It may be the only decent thing on the menu.
  • Kua'Aina : Aoyama (American / Omotesando, Aoyama)
  • 2008/11/11
  • All hail the burger shop with the delicious imported bottles of beer. And not just any import...oh, no...it is one of the best microbrews to ever come out of the States. Combine that with beer-battered onion rings, tasty fries, and some of the best hamburgers to grace your tastebuds in a long time and you've found yourself a new favorite. But it doesn't stop at burgers and the typical side dishes. They've also got sandwiches of all descriptions (from swordfish to turkey to roast beef) and shrimp that don't have to be cleaned of legs at the table. Aloha, hunger!
  • Subway (American / Ikebukuro)
  • 2008/11/11
  • Just another sandwich shop. Nothing to write home about, but if you're sick of convenience store sandwiches with mystery filling, you'll probably find Subway to be the end-all and be-all of sandwiches. This is, unfortunately, just a side effect of having been away from home and a plethora of tasty sandwich shops for too long. They also have wraps and salads. They just as mundane as the sandwiches. But, if you want a healthier alternative to MacDonald's, get yourself to the nearest Subway.
  • ==Close== Rolling Stone Cafe (Bars / Roppongi)
  • 2008/11/11
  • What a great place. Whether you're hosting an event or looking for a quiet place in Roppongi, it's definitely a good stopover. It has a large patio area, decent food, and a great atmosphere. The bar is very well stocked, and the whole place can be rented out for special events, or you can just host a small group if you make a reservation. The staff is friendly and speedy.
  • Legato (American / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/10
  • Gorgeous view looking over Shibuya from the height of 15 floors. Lunch is amazing, and by far the best deal. The salad bar consists of a gourmet tuna macaroni salad with almonds, shallots, and raisins; a potato salad with salmon; and your choice of apple, shallot, or vinaigrette dressings. Lunch meals change daily. Staff is very friendly and courteous. The interior of the restaurant warm and inviting, but slightly reminiscent of what you might expect if you were inside a Christmas ornament. Definitely a must-eat.
  • Zest Cantina (American / Azabu-juban)
  • 2008/11/10
  • The absolute best place for a pitcher of beer and a basket of hot wings in town. You can order the wings by the bucket and specify your preferred level of spicy, all served with creamy caesar dressing for dipping. The other tex-mex items on the menu don't disappoint, either. A good place for the family, the service is good and the large restaurant is far from full if you go early in the evening. The size of the dining room makes it possible to accommodate large groups with a reservation.
  • Home Work's: Hiroo (American / Hiroo)
  • 2008/11/10
  • Forget everything you know about burger joints in Tokyo, for they all bow in reverence to Home Works. Aside from their amazing curly fries, fantastic onion rings, and decently priced beer, they have an amazing menu of specialty burgers. And, for the proverbial cherry on top...they deliver. For the patron a little sick of burgers of any description, they have a good selection of tasty sandwiches, and great bar-style snack foods, such as hot wings and a fried sampler plate. This restaurant is an absolute must.
  • Beacon (American / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/10
  • Another amazing restaurant from the same people who own and operate T.Y. Harbor, this gem, although a little difficult to find if you walk from a station, is worth the trip. The wine cellar is enormous, likely the second or third largest in Tokyo. The staff is very accommodating and bilingual. They have really wonderful event space and can, with a reservation, provide a private dining room for groups. The entree and side dishes are all ordered independently of one another, and like the menu at the other restaurants owned by this company, is always changing. The food is fusion, but with a slightly more American feel, all created by the chef trained in San Francisco. And if you just can't live without your T.Y. Harbor beer, they serve that, too.
  • Wolfgang Puck Express (American / Harajuku)
  • 2008/11/09
  • Although it looks like a hole-in-the-wall from the outside, inside it actually has a very large dining space. The staff is friendly, but forgetful. We had to order the same soda three times before it came. And for a gourmet restaurant, the food was woefully average at gourmet prices. If you're looking for a Wolfgang Puck experience, then go to the full restaurant in Shinjuku at the top of Lumine 1.
  • T.Y. Harbor Brewery (American / Shinagawa)
  • 2008/11/09
  • Elegant interior with a beautiful view of Shinagawa and the water outside. A gourmet dining experience with the comfort of a casual atmosphere. There is a full bar area, completely separate from the dining room, with a view of the open kitchen. All the beer is brewed on site, and the beer sampler they offer is by far the best way to choose which of their tasty brews will best accompany your chosen meal. Large groups can be accommodated if you make reservations far enough in advance (2-3 weeks minimum). Thursday through Sunday will most likely require reservations, but to be safe you should always make one. This place is fabulous and popular. The menu regularly changes, so it's always worth a repeat visit. A taxi from the train station is a must.
  • The Pink Cow (Bars / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/09
  • A very artsy space. The first time I went in there was a naked woman on stage being covered in plaster to make a living statue. Work from local artists covers the walls and it has a laid back atmosphere. The seating, in particular, makes the whole place feel like one giant living room. Definitely a place for soaking up good vibes. A five star chef stolen from a luxury hotel makes some fabulous food - especially if you're in the mood for something western, but swear you'll go insane if you eat another hamburger. A venue that can accommodate 100 people comfortably if you're thinking of hosting an event.
  • West Park Cafe: Tokyo (American / Tokyo Station)
  • 2008/11/09
  • Not a very large location, but the service was good and the food was excellent. Very California-esque as far as the menu is concerned - a fusion of Japanese and western components with a touch of Mexican seasonings (spice and salsa). If you can get a seat by the window, you'll be treated to a nice view of Tokyo station. A great alternative to Kua'aina Burgers, their neighbor in the Marunouchi Building.
  • 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.