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  • Wahaha Fugetsu: Shinjuku (Okonomiyaki, Monja / Shinjuku)
  • 2012/04/30
  • We had a great dinner here recently -- we ordered cabbage salt salad and avocado kimchi which were ok but not great, and several drinks (they have a great selection of fruity options in particular), and the wahaha special and pork, cheese, mochi okonomiyakis, which were delicious. They didn't have that doughy feel that osaka style sometimes has. All the food and drinks came about 2000 yen per head. The space is nice -- cozy but not cramped -- and they have an english menu.
  • Onyasai Shabu-shabu: Akasaka (Shabu-Shabu, Sukiyaki / Tameikesanno)
  • 2012/02/13
  • We eat here regularly -- the set menus are great for 3-4 people. We don't find it prohibitively expensive. They have recently expanded their menus, so there are now 8 broths. The traditional one is always my favorite, but they have a new "spicy" one that is quite good. The quality of their meat is excellent, you get the little cabbage sesame salad beforehand, the veggies are tasty and fresh, and they'll bring either rice or noodles at the end. Make sure you dip your meat in the egg after cooking. Skip the sausage things, they're never good and are a weird texture, and dessert is also not great for the price. Drinks are a tad on the expensive side, beer more-so than the mixed drinks. They do have an all-you-can-drink options that goes with their all-you-can-eat meal, but I find that the regular meal more than fills me and the difference in price isn't worth it. This is a great place for a small group of friends -- we bring all our visitors from the states here. They are working on getting their new menu translated into english, but most nights there's a waitress who's spent most of her life in Hawaii and is fluent in english to help.
  • Pita The Great (Vegetarian & Healthy / Tameikesanno)
  • 2012/02/12
  • The falafel and hummus here weren't bad (which was my initial concern) but the service is terrible (the guy who runs it is the israeli version of the 'no soup for you' guy) and ridiculously slow. But what really killed it for me is that it seemed to have sauerkraut in it, which I just found disgusting.
  • Anan (Izakaya / Akasaka)
  • 2012/02/12
  • The atmosphere is very cozy inside, and the waitstaff is friendly and helpful (and had an english menu). We started with the fresh tofu, which was amazing (I've never had tofu that tasted so rich and creamy), and came with a set of 7 toppings and sauces. Next we had the fresh vegetables and dipping sauce, also delicious. We also got ginger-wrapped-pork, chicken thigh, and chicken liver yakitori which was all excellent. The ginger wrapped pork was novel and fun, the chicken thigh was thick and meaty, and the liver was also nice and thick, without that weird chewy bit you sometimes have in liver. They were also very helpful in recommending sake to our tastes. We went for dinner and ended up paying around 8000 yen for food and a couple drinks for two. (Fair warning, they have a 500 yen "cover charge" for dinner which covers a little appetizer which they'll bring you, which isn't great.)
  • White Smoke (American / Azabu-juban)
  • 2012/01/21
  • This relatively new restaurant serves Texas BBQ (pulled pork, ribs) and craft beers in a friendly environment with good service, english menus (website is in english too), good lunch deals, and starting at the end of Jan 2012 they will deliver to the local area. The food is really delicious, particularly for Americans looking for real Texas BBQ in Tokyo.
  • Umai Sushikan (Sushi / Akasaka)
  • 2012/01/21
  • Great place for good, cheap sushi. We eat here all the time -- the sets are a good deal, although I don't like their tuna-salad roll. I usually order a small set and then augment with additional meguro and salmon which are fresh, tasty, and cheap. They also have good sake. The atmosphere is good and the sushi chefs are very encouraging of my halting attempts at ordering in Japanese. Their miso comes with shrimp heads in it, which can be alarming if you're not expecting them. One other minor quibble -- their bar is slanted down toward your lap... I've nearly gotten sake and miso in my lap a couple times when the water condenses under and the bowl/glass starts to slide. Overall though, this is one of our standbys for tasty, inexpensive sushi in a nice atmosphere.
  • Le Maghreb Chandelier (Mediterranean / Hiroo)
  • 2012/01/21
  • I had dinner here with a large group, and it was easily the worst meal I've had in Tokyo. The food was terrible -- some of it not Moroccan, other stuff missing key ingredients (the preserved lemon chicken tagine had no preserved lemon in it and tasted like old dish water), the meat was terrible quality, and the spicing on everything was off. The service was also terrible. We sat around for 4 hours while they repeatedly messed up our orders. And at the end they tacked on many extra charges that hadn't been explained beforehand (extra charge for the belly dancer, extra charge for the group, extra charge for the appetizers, extra charge for the drinks... all of which appeared to be included on the English set menu, but apparently was not.) In the end it was a very expensive, very bad, very slow meal. I lived in Morocco and am familiar with Moroccan food, and this was not it.