Roppongi, Azabu-Juban, Nishi-Azabu
Cafes, bars and casual dining
Malin's - British: Roppongi
[Open noon-10pm (Fri, Sat -11pm) daily.]
Gourmet fish and chips are the specialty here, and the chips are especially well prepared. Boxed sets of cod, chips and mushy peas (or other side sauce) are priced Y1300-1500, and everything can be eaten here or to go.
Idee Cafe Parc - Cafe: Roppongi
[Open 11am-9pm daily.]
Casual food and drink in a pleasant interior-shop setting overlooking Tokyo Midtown's front garden.
Afuri - Ramen: Roppongi
[Open 11am-9am daily.]
Unlike many other ramen specialists, Afuri are known for their light, "cafe-style" shoyu ramen, livened up with a bit of yuzu and their excellent chashu. Open 22 hours a day.
Ant 'n Bee - Beer bar: Roppongi
[Open 6pm-7am daily.]
More than twenty Japanese microbrew beers are served on tap at this late-night beer specialist. The food menu is limited to fish and chips and similar bar fare.
Va-tout - French: Roppongi
[Open 11am-11pm daily.]
A friendly cafe-brasserie with authentic French atmosphere and good, reasonably priced food. The daily Y1000 lunch is an especially good deal, and is served until 5pm. Evening specialties include north-African dishes like lamb and rabbit couscous...
Pe'z Magic - Burgers: Nogizaka
[Open 11am-10pm (Sat, Sun 7:30pm) daily.]
Organic burgers and sandwiches; delivery available through much of Tokyo. Delivery 11am-8:30pm weekdays, 11am-6:30pm weekends.
Implicito - Wine bar: Nishi-Azabu
[Open 5pm-3am daily.]
A small, casual Italian wine bar that serves around twenty wines by the glass, in all price ranges, along with light snacks.
Elevage - Wine bar: Nishi-Azabu
[Open 7pm-1am. Closed Sundays.]
The sign outside of Elevage reads simply, "Rare wine and spirits," but one look inside and wine lovers will swoon, whiskey connoisseurs will drool. Prices aren't cheap, but Elevage is one of the few bars in Tokyo where you can order wines like Clos...
Sawamura - Bakery: Nishi-Azabu
[Open 7-10am, 11am-4pm, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.]
The ground-floor bakery includes a cafe area where you can enjoy fresh-baked bread and pastries with your morning coffee from 7am.
Craft Hands - Beer bar: Azabu-Juban
[Open 5pm-2am daily.]
This intimate neighborhood beer bar covers all the bases, with a dozen domestic craft beers on tap, plus a fridge filled with another fifty crafty US and Belgian imports by the bottle - the Belgians complete with matching glassware. Oh, and wine...
Homework's - Sandwiches/ burgers: Azabu-Juban
[Open 11am-9pm (LO), Sundays to 6pm. Open every day.]
Gourmet burger pioneers in Tokyo, they still grill up some of Tokyo's better burgers in town, and also assemble great sandwiches (including an inspirational shrimp and avocado combination) and voluminous baskets of French fries. (Delivery within...
Hudson Market Bakers - Bakery: Azabu-Juban
[Open 11am-8pm (Sat, Sun -7pm). Closed Mondays.]
The concept here is a New York-style bakery-cafe in the heart of Azabu-Juban, selling top-quality cheesecake, carrot cake, brownies, cookies, cornbread and pastries just like you'd find in New York. There's a small eat-in corner where you can enjoy...
Eat More Greens - Cafe: Azabu-Juban
[Open 11am-10:15pm (LO; from 9am Sat, Sun) daily.]
If you have friends in town who are vegetarian, vegan or gluten-averse, this "vegetable cafe and bakery" is the place to send them. They serve curries and pastas during the day and a wider evening menu, with vegetable-based tapas, falafel platter,...
Die Wurst - German: Kamiyacho
[Open 5pm-4am (9pm Sat, Sun). Open every day.]
It looks just like an ordinary coffee shop, but they serve German sausages, excellent bread and rolls, and many excellent German beers. (AKA "Franziskaner")
Tokyo Curry Lab - Curry: Akabanebashi
[Open 11am-9:20pm (LO) daily.]
This Japanese curry shop inside Tokyo Tower fashions itself as a laboratory for testing new curry recipes, and the interior is another statement from the always stylish Wonderwall design firm, with a science-lab motif and miniature TV screens at...
Spice Diner - Indian: Tameike
[Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-9:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.]
Tandoori dishes and spicy curries are paired with Japanese craft beers at this unpretentious basement Indian restaurant. The generous tandoori platter was the star of the evening during a recent visit, while spinach curry and a very spicy mutton...
Champagne Bar - Bar: Tameike
[Open 11:30am-11pm daily.]
This refurbished bar, hovering over the main lobby of the ANA Hotel, serves several different champagnes by the glass or the bottle, ranging from Y1300 to Y3000 per glass. There's also a limited food menu and lunch specials at midday.