Bars & Restaurants

2018.10.11
Yotsuya Mensho Suzy House [UPDATE] Shinjuku Tsukemen
A few months ago I wrote about Yotsuya Mensho Suzy House, a very unusual tsukemen, or dipping noodle, store in Shinjuku, that serves slices of lemon w
2018.10.04
Chanko Nabe Shinzan 心山 in Shinjuku - Eat like a sumo wrestler!
"I'm so hungry, I want to eat till I'm bursting! At the same time, it must taste great and not break the bank" I explained to my friend Shigenobu-san,
2018.09.28
One day in Tokyo’s secret gourmet town
“If you spent the whole day in Arakicho, Tokyo’s secret gourmet town, where would you eat breakfast, lunch and dinner?” my Tadaima Japan colleague Mis
2018.09.07
Beer, etc...Belgian Beers and More in Arakicho, Shinjuku
“If you don’t like beer, try Belgian beer” is something I often find myself saying. The main reason is that among the hundreds of different kinds of B
2018.08.23
Soba House Konjiki Hototogisu (new location 2018) - a Michelin Restaurant near Shinjuku Gyoen Park
[UPDATE] Konjiki Hototogisu is now a one-star restaurant in the 2019 edition of the MICHELIN Guide Tokyo What is the number one ranked ramen restau
2018.08.14
3 great bars for watching sport events in Arakicho, Shinjuku
A team of Tadaima Japan writers, namely Anthony and myself, have combed the bars of Arakicho in the heart of Shinjuku city, in search of the best plac
2018.07.31
From Tocho to Arakicho: A One-Day Shinjuku Itinerary
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (Tocho, for short) is one of Tokyo’s most iconic landmarks and tourist attractions. It’s famous for its fre
2018.07.30
Enjoy Ramen and “Chazuke” in One Meal at Tai Shio Soba Toka
So after I finish the noodles I have to pour the leftover soup on top of the rice, is that correct?” The staff behind the counter confirmed that it is
2018.07.19
Toriro - the all-you-can-eat karaage place in Arakicho, Shinjuku
“There is a karaage all-you-can-eat lunch spot nearby!?!” Anthony exclaimed disbelievingly after he heard about a new place I had discovered in Arakic
2018.07.05
Sushi Yachiyo: A sushi restaurant with more than 100 years of history
While sushi may be wherever you look in Tokyo, it makes sense to seek out quality at a great price….such a combination can be found at Sushi dokoro Ya
2018.07.02
Ringo no Hana: an Izakaya in Shinjuku Serving Aomori Soul Food
Aomori is the name of an area and its main city, in the Northern part of the Honshu island. It is not the kind of place usually visited by the first-
2018.06.18
AMS+, a bar that feels like home
Quiet, laid-back, unassuming, cozy... these are some of the words that I would associate with AMS+ While researching good spots for watching live spo
2018.06.11
American Bar & Cafe Mates: A Fusion of Western Culture in Araki-Cho
When you live in Japan for as long as I have, you often find yourself on the prowl for good western food. Living abroad inverses your status quo—what
2018.06.07
Dashenka: Experience Czech food, beers and culture in the center of Arakicho
Did you know that I was half Czech? Yes, it’s true! My mother was born in Prague and grew up there.This is the story of the first time I visited Araki
2018.05.25
H2 International Bar: Connecting Shinjuku to the World
When I first visited Japan in 2007, like many visitors, I was mesmerized by all of the amazing things that I experienced. From the pristine, futuristi