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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Towncryer : Kamiyacyo (British pubs / Irish pubs / Tameikesanno)
  • 2008/11/09
  • Typical foreigner patronized pub in the middle of Kamiyacho. Very difficult to find without explicit instructions, unless, of course, you work across the street in Shiroyama Trust Tower, in which case it is THE hangout. Good but typical pub-style food. The beer selection is very nice, but a bit on the expensive side. Budget about 800 yen per pint. It is not usually packed to the gills, so if you can find it, it's a great place to go.
  • 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.
  • Chinese Cafe Eight: Roppongi (Chinese / Roppongi)
  • 2008/11/09
  • One of three locations around the city, this one is characterized by sculptures of genitalia. They're all over the walls, so if you want a place to take Grandma for lunch, make sure it's your Grandma with a rockin' sense of humor.
    Authentic Chinese menu and employees - most of them speak little English or Japanese. But the food is good, particularly the Peking duck. It tastes just as good as the same dish served in small family restaurants just outside the forbidden city. Open 24 hours and serving dim sum for 100 yen a plate, its perfect for a budget meal after drinking away all your cash in Roppongi night clubs. It's also a great place to take a large group as long as it isn't Friday or Saturday night. Large group reservations do NOT require a set course menu. But keep in mind that it is a popular place and family style seating is often used - you could end up sharing a large table with perfect strangers. The whole restaurant is a smoking section. Beer service is super-speedy, but the staff isn't overly friendly.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Beer Restaurant Lion : Ginza 7 chome (Bars / Ginza)
  • 2008/11/09
  • The location is certainly one to visit for it's historical value, but if you're looking for a high-quality dining experience, this is not for you. The sub-par pub style food is a bad attempt to replicate western-style pub snacks. It is also a little on the expensive side for what it is. It is, however, a great place to duck in for a quick beer before heading on to your restaurant for the evening.
    The staff does not speak English, but they are friendly and patient.
  • Starbucks: Shibuya (Cafes / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/09
  • Perfect place to sit and watch the world's busiest intersection. But if you want to sit anywhere, be prepared to wait. Unlike it's other million locations, this Starbuck's comes with one-size cups and a limited menu due to the sheer volume of customers.
  • 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.
  • Aux Bacchanales: Akasaka (French / Yotsuya)
  • 2008/11/10
  • Excellent French bakery, and unlike its counterpart in Roppongi, the staff is very pleasant. The quiche is to die for, the baguettes are baked fresh every three hours, and the pastries are mouth-watering. It is very busy during lunch hours, so be prepared. But the views from the patio are gorgeous, especially in spring. A hangout for many Italian designers doing business in Tokyo.
  • Hobgoblin : Shibuya (Darts & Pools / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/10
  • Now under new management, this pub still serves up its own brews alongside many other desirable imports. Finally, they have added Happy Hour from 5 to 7 daily for added enjoyment of said beers. A little on the pricey side, but Happy Hour is a good deal for your money. The staff is all English-speaking and far friendlier than you might expect for a pub. It is a homing beacon to all foreigners in the neighborhood: it could be because the female staff is easy on the eyes, or it could be because they televise virtually all major sporting events, or the amazing nachos that come with a huge dose of real sour cream. Whatever the reason, you'll probably find yourself drawn back time and time again.
  • Dubliners' Irish Pub : Shinjuku (Live Bars/Jazz Bars / Shinjuku)
  • 2008/11/10
  • If you're looking for a vintage Irish pub, you'll want to take this one with a grain of salt. It's owned by Sapporo. Nevertheless, they have decent pub food for good prices, and a few of the import beer favorites. If you're looking to get a seat, or even standing room for more than three people on a Friday or Saturday, you'll be happier going elsewhere. The clientele is a more balanced mix of foreign and Japanese than a lot of other similar pubs around town.
  • Lock up: Shibuya (Izakaya / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/10
  • The speedy service barely fails to compensate for the absence of quality in the food or the juvenile "haunted house" at the entrance. If you're looking for a place to celebrate Halloween all year round, this would definitely be a good start. While the fast service is a welcome break from some other restaurants, it does kind of give you the feeling that they're trying to push you out quickly so they can get another group into your spot. And the theme drinks are very weak on alcohol content. The noise level varies from high to very high. Staff does not speak English. All in all, a C-.
  • Cicada (Mediterranean / Hiroo)
  • 2008/11/10
  • Owned and operated by the same company that owns T.Y, Harbor, Cicada is a delightful dining experience. While lunch can be done on a budget, dinner is a little more pricey, but worth the expense. Frequented by Tokyo's financial elite and serious recruiters, it has a great wine selection and delectable desserts. Service is top-notch and staff is bilingual. With a rotating menu, it is always a refreshing option.
  • 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.
  • Frames: Daikanyama (Cafes / Daikanyama)
  • 2008/11/10
  • I have never enjoyed broccoli as much as I did at this cafe with a retro lounge-style atmosphere. It was, by far, the most melt-in-your-mouth garlic infused delectable veggie I've ever had. If Mom had made them like this, she never would've had to tell you to each your vegetables. Broccoli aside, the staff is pleasant, but the popularity of this cafe means they are stretched a little thin. Definitely worth the walk up the hill, the view is wonderful, if you can get a seat by the window.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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