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The storied history of the potato in Japanese cooking

22 Apr

The main clue as to when potatoes first entered Japan comes from its name in Japanese, jaga-imo. When the tubers, which originate in the Americas, were first introduced to the port city of Nagasaki in 1598, they were brought in by Dutch traders from Djajakarta or Jacatra, as Jakarta, Indonesia, was known at the time. […]

Soryuko: spoiled for choice and big portions

22 Apr

The menu at Soryuko, a popular Chinese restaurant in Tenma, runs to roughly about 200 items, bound together in a large laminated volume. Narrowing this down to a few choices can be dizzying, but here’s a hack that will help: put down the menu and go for a walk. Lining the walls are all the […]

Noz by T.Y. Farm brings ‘seed to table’ ethos to Tokyo

15 Apr

Futoshi Ota has lofty goals for Noz, a new restaurant that brings the grand vision of his company one step closer to reality. “I want people in Japan to know what real agriculture, what the real organic culture is like. What’s a healthy way of eating.” The president of T.Y. Farm Inc., the company behind […]

Noz by T.Y.Farm brings ‘seed to table’ ethos to Tokyo

14 Apr

Futoshi Ota has lofty goals for Noz, a new restaurant that brings the grand vision of his company one step closer to reality. “I want people in Japan to know what real agriculture, what the real organic culture is like. What’s a healthy way of eating.” The president of T.Y. Farm Inc., the company behind […]

Path: Covering breakfast and brunch through dinner with panache

14 Apr

It’s not hard for a restaurant to generate buzz. All it takes is a strong design, cool music — on vinyl, of course — and some hot PR. But to maintain that level of vibrancy, it needs to be good. It also helps if it’s a bit special, and Path qualifies on all counts. Open […]

Ramen flavored with insects attracts thrillseekers in Tokyo

10 Apr

Within about four hours, the Ramen Nagi restaurant had sold out of the 100 bowls of “insect tsukemen” noodles it had prepared for Sunday’s single-day event. The noodles were topped with about a dozen small crickets and mealworms, which customers then dipped into soups flavored with crickets, grasshoppers or silkworm powder. People line up Sunday […]

Ramen flavored with insects attracts thrillseekers in Tokyo

10 Apr

Within about four hours, the Ramen Nagi restaurant had sold out of the 100 bowls of “insect tsukemen” noodles it had prepared for Sunday’s single-day event. The noodles were topped with about a dozen small crickets and mealworms, which customers then dipped into soups flavored with crickets, grasshoppers or silkworm powder. People line up Sunday […]

Queen of Chickens: Great chicken in close quarters

8 Apr

Chicken is king at Queen of Chickens, and it comes cooked every which way you can think of, but most notably it’s the rotisserie chicken — skewered on a spit and slow roasted — that brings people in. The other thing that attracts (or repels, as the case may be) diners to Queen of Chickens […]

Japanese sake startup finds way to float in sinking industry

8 Apr

Entrepreneur Nao Kohara sits at a table in his favorite neighborhood bar, checking emails on his laptop computer and sipping a glass of sake. Some of his brightest business ideas have been hatched over a few drinks — including the concept behind his latest venture, a startup called Nihonshu Oendan (sake supporters). Despite the fact […]

Craft Sake Week set to bloom in Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills

1 Apr

Sake and sakura. Cherry blossom and Japan’s traditional tipple make for a heady combination, wherever you put them together. One of the best parties this year is likely to be in the heart of Tokyo’s Roppongi district, at the upcoming Craft Sake Week. Over 10 days from April 7 to 16, a total of 100 […]