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Tonkatsu Maisen Aoyama Honten – Best Tonkatsu in Tokyo

Tonkatsu Maisen Aoyama Honten

Tonkatsu Maisen Aoyama Honten is the mecca for Tonkatsu lovers. If you are in the Omotesando, Harajuku or Aoyama, it is the perfect place to enjoy the traditional meal of Japanese breaded fried pork. Tonkatsu (豚カツ, とんかつ, pork cutlet), is a popular Japanese dish often eaten at home made by deep-frying a breaded pork cutlet. …

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Ebisu Food Hall (Ebisu, Tokyo) – All Day Family Eats

Ebisu Food Court

The Ebisu Food Hall is a large open restaurant space which is very family friendly. The designers wanted to create a space which had a New York style food hall feel – on a Japanese size level they have accomplished that.  The 117 seat eat-in space has four counters Bakery, Gourmet …

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Kid friendly Izakayas with Play Spaces in Tokyo


Locating a dinner restaurant with a kids` space for little ones is a struggle. Welcome Monteroza, a kid-friendly izakaya chain with play spaces, a private room where parents can relax and dine while the little ones play. Monteroza kids` spaces are furnished with soft toys, books, music or video entertainment, colorful wall-padding and …

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NEM Coffee, Hiroo – Simply Beautiful Hidden Tokyo Coffee Shop

NEM Coffee, Hiroo

NEM coffee shop is a personal and creative hideaway in a Hiroo alleyway. A great change of pace from Seigfredo and Starbucks in Hiroo.  NEM is tucked in a residential alley between the German Embassy and National Azabu Supermarket. A creative and young couple opened the one room NEM Coffee, Hiroo …

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Pizza Slice (Shibuya, Tokyo) – Piping Hot NYC Pizza!

Pizza Slice between Shibuya and Ebisu stations is one of my kids’ favorite pizza joints in Tokyo. They love the thin crisp crust, the sauce and the fact they can have 5-6 different types in one sitting. The ambiance is quite Americana; retro warehouse with high ceilings, cool lighting, and …

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Salvatore Cuomo – Tokyo Kid Friendly Italian Lunch Buffet

Salvatore Cuomo - Tokyo Kid Friendly Italian Lunch Buffet

One of my favorite place for a “mommy and kid” lunch is Salvatore Cuomo in Roppongi Hills. Salvatore Cuomo is conveniently located on the B2F level (Kids Level), and offers pasta, pizza and salad buffet from 11:00 – 15:00 for 800-1,500 JPY depending on age.  It is the perfect place …

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Floresta Nature Donuts – Adorable, Organic Donuts

Floresta Nature Donuts

Floresta Nature Donuts, known for their adorable animal designs, makes cute, light tasting donuts using all natural ingredients from organically farmed sources. Floresta was started in 2002 by a husband and wife who wanted to make donuts that were the most natural and kind to their kids` bodies. They use natural …

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Good Morning Cafe Sendagaya – Tokyo Breakfast From 7:00

Good Morning Cafe Sendagaya, Tokyo Breakfast Brunch

The Good Morning Cafe Sendagaya opens every day at 7:00 and offers great breakfast options for the best price in Tokyo. If you are staying in the Shibuya or Shinjuku area it easy to get to; located right next to the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Enjoy breakfast and then walk 8-10 …

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Fungo Breakfast & Burgers Cafe Mishuku, Setagaya

Fungo Breakfast & Burgers Cafe is a local family favorite. It is conveniently located less than a minute walk from the popular Setagaya Park with mini SL train that you can ride, pedal go cart track, playgrounds and shanty town where kids build fires, saw wood and take risks, and a …

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Japanese Hot Pot Recipe – A Quick & Nutritious Winter Meal

Japanese Hot Pot

Nabe, Japanese hot pot, is our favorite winter meal. It`s quick, nutritious, and it`ll warm you up fast. There are many different types of nabe; sukiyaki, shabu shabu, chanko nabe, kimchi nabe, etc. Our favorite is Japanese shabu shabu (しゃぶしゃぶ) which consists of raw assorted vegetables, tofu, thin slices of …

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J.S. Pancake Cafe – Twelve locations in Japan serving brunch all day

J.S. Pancake Cafe

J.S. Pancake Cafe (ジェイエス パンケーキカフェ) serves delicious and filling brunch all day every day. J.S. Pancake Cafe is owned by the Japanese casual clothing brand, Journal Standard, and specializes in savory and sweet pancakes. They have twelve locations in Japan including two in Tokyo and one in Yokohama. We stopped in at the Tennoji location in the Mio …

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Blue Bottle Coffee (10 Cafes in Tokyo)

Blue Bottle Coffee Nakameguro

Blue Bottle Coffee (ブルーボトルコーヒー) opened their newest shop in Nakameguro. They now have stores in nine Tokyo locations and don’t seem to be slowing down – Sangenjaya, Meguro, Nakameguro, Shinagawa, Roppongi, Aoyama, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro and their 1st was Kiyosumi Fukugawa (where they also roast).  I`m thrilled to have a …

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Sawamura Hiroo Bakery and Cafe

Sawamura Hiroo Bakery and Cafe 沢村ベーカリー&カフェ

So excited that one of out favorite bakeries has opened a new location in Hiroo – Sawamura Hiroo Bakery and Cafe ( 沢村ベーカリー&カフェ) in Hiroo Plaza. This new location is much easier for families with little ones with its open one level layout. The bread and breakfast are the same …

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Midorie Organic Food Deli & Cafe, Yutenji

midorie organic cafe

Midorie Organic food deli and cafe sits nestled in the backstreets of Yutenji, a lively residential neighborhood one stop from Nakameguro station. Midorie Organic Yutenji is the newest of their three stores specializing in seasonal organic fruits and vegetables, healthy sweets, pesticide-free rice and vegetables, farm fresh fish and additive-free seasonings. We visited …

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Yakiniku Shibaura, Mishuku – Family friendly Yakiniku

Yakiniku shibaura

Yakiniku Shibaura is our favorite family-friendly yakiniku restaurant in Setagaya-ku. They serve delicious cuts of Japanese domestic Wagyu Beef. Our kids love it. As you walk into the restaurant you see a refrigerator stocked with slabs of Japanese domestic Wagyu beef. Yakiniku Shibaura carefully selects their Wagyu beef from different areas of Japan, and …

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