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Colosseo Italian Restaurant (Nakameguro, Tokyo)

Colosseo (コロッセオ中目黒) is our favorite Italian restaurant in Nakameguro. This family-owned and operated restaurant consistently serves delicious cuisine with freshly made bread complete with the purest olive oil. Their two-pasta set, a half plate of meat pasta with tomato sauce and a seafood pasta with white sauce, is a neighborhood favorite. Our family …

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Cooking with Konyaku (The Zero Calorie Food)

If you are interested in dropping a few pounds without a dramatic diet change, try cooking with konyaku. Konyaku is a zero calorie gelatinous food that is made from ground Konjac plant or devil tongue root. Shiratake is also made from konyaku but in noodle form. Although Konyaku may not …

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Mr Farmer Komazawa Olympic Park (Komazawa, Tokyo)

Mr Farmer is known for their farm-to-table concept, delivering fresh, locally produced food to local consumers. Whether you are a vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free Mr Farmer offers something for everyone. Mr Farmer Komazawa (their 4th restaurant) is located in Komazawa Olympic Park at the Nishi-guchi gate or near the Jabu Jabu Ike (paddling …

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Crisp Salad Works (Azabu-Juban, Hiroo, Roppongi and Ebisu)

In the last week I have eaten twice at Crisp Salad Works (クリスプ サラダ ワークス), so just have to recommend on BestLivingJapan. One of the best locations in  Tokyo to fill your salad cravings! They now have five locations. Also Green Brother’s has opened two salad stores that highly recommend …

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Komatsuna Recipes – Spring Shun

Komatsuna Recipes - Spring Shun

Komatsuna, Japanese mustard spinach, is most delicious and economical in March and can be used in many delicious recipes. Although Komatsuna is called Japanese mustard spinach, I have not found it to taste much like mustard. Try it yourself! What is Komatsuna? – Komatsuna (コマツナ(小松菜)) or Brassica rapa is a …

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Oyako Cafe & Playroom (Musashi Koyama, Tokyo)

Oyako Cafe / Parent Child Cafe Three Little Pigs (親子カフェ三びきの子ぶた) is another great spot to add to our Top Tokyo Restaurants with Playrooms list. Oyako Cafe is a clean and cozy, baby & kid-friendly cafe with floor-level tables, private nursing room and play area equip with toys for babies up to …

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Gelateria Marghera (Azabu & Ebisu, Tokyo)

I was craving gelato the other day, so Baby and I stopped into one of my favourite locals for some awesomely delicious.  Gelateria Marghera in Azabu (ジェラテリア マルゲラ 麻布十番店) is definitely one of the most delicious gelato shops in Tokyo. The Azabu store was the first store outside of Milano, …

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Farmshop, Futakotamagawa – Seasonal Californian Cuisine & Market

2018 UPDATE: Farmshop in Futakotamagawa has permanently closed and is now Shake Shack Burgers.  Farmshop Restaurant and Market is known for their farm-to-table concept – delivering locally produced food to local consumers. They serve seasonal and casual Californian dishes at their dining-bakery-market. Conveniently located in the Takashimaya Maronie Court in Futakotamagawa it sits alongside …

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The Oak Door (Roppongi Hills, Tokyo)

The Oak Door, located on the sixth floor of The Grand Hyatt Tokyo, is a bustling steakhouse and bar featuring premium quality meats and seasonal produce prepared in dramatic oak wood burning ovens. The staff are extremely nice and helpful making The Oak Door a pleasant place to visit for …

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Shutters (Daikanyama, Tokyo)

Shutters in Daikanyama serves deliciously tender soy sauce or salt and pepper flavored ribs as well as curry, pasta, salad & dessert. Located in the basement of the La Fuente baby and kids clothing mall in Daikanyama it`s a great spot to have lunch after a day of shopping. We especially like …

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Hill Valley Popcorn Factory (Nakameguro, Tokyo)

2015 Update: Hill Valley Popcorn Factory now has over 10 locations in Japan, and new, delicious flavors! Stop by, eat-in or take home and enjoy! HILL VALLEY Popcorn Factory in Nakameguro serves fresh, delicious popcorn similar to Garrets in Chicago. They use non genetically modified corn and their flavors include Natural, …

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Ukai Tofuya (Shiba koen, Tokyo) – Culinary Lunch Oasis

Ukai Tofuya

Ukai Tofuya at the base of Tokyo Tower in Shibakoen is one of my most favorite Tokyo culinary lunch destination. Ukai specializes in tofu cuisine, which compliments the seasonal fish and vegetables they also serve.  The restaurant is located in a lovely Japanese garden which adds to the excitement of …

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Camden Blue Star Donuts and Coffee (Daikanyama, Tokyo)

Camden blue star donuts

*** CAMDEN BLUE STAR DONUTS HAS CLOSED *** Camden Blue Star Donuts is a Portland-born doughnut shop that opened in Tokyo’s chic Daikanyama neighborhood in April 2015. Their unique and creative flavors have earned them the nickname “Donuts for Grownups”. The shop sits inside Fred Segal’s Mart in the Western-themed shopping …

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Kawaii Monster Cafe (Harajuku, Tokyo)

The Kawaii Monster Cafe in Harajuku is one of those places you go to and say “only in Japan.”  My 12-year-old and I went for lunch the other day and enjoyed environment (a mix of Manga and Willy Wonka) and food (visually very pleasing with average taste). As my 12-year-old …

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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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Saru Shirogane (Ebisu/Hiroo, Tokyo) – Healthy Bistro

Saru

Saru Shirogane is one of those restaurants that looks interesting from the outside, but you might not have tried it because it is slightly hidden under a highway overpass. However, Saru is not hiding anything; the staff can tell you exactly where each piece of meat or veggie originates from in …

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Blue Bottle Coffee – 15+ Locations in Japan

I LOVE coffee, so I was thrilled to try Blue Bottle Coffee (ブルーボトルコーヒー).  Blue Bottle Coffee  launched their 1st Japan store in Fukugawa, Koto-ku as the main bean roaster location on February 6th, 2015. Blue Bottle now has may locations in Tokyo, 2 in Kyoto and one in Kobe (store …

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