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The Michelin Guide has consistently awarded more stars to Tokyo dining establishments than any other city in the world. I created this blog as my personal Tokyo restaurant guide, but I hope you will also enjoy reading it. If you have been to any of the same places feel free to leave some comments about your own experiences.

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Saturday, 30 April 2016

Hibiki, Shinjuku 響新宿

Tokyo is full of izakaya but I always find myself struggling when I need to think of one that I can easily take foreign visitors to. Hibiki in the Odakyu Southern Tower complex is just about ideal. It has an English menu, and range of the usual crowd pleasing dishes and has a fairly upmarket feeling.

All sounds good on paper. Unfortunately my recent visit was marred by bad service, bordering on the unpleasant from our server who seemed quite put out that we needed some help with the menu. The woman did not crack a smile once during our visit.

But patchy service aside, I would still recommend it as a place to take the neophyte Japanese food eater. Maybe I'll give them one more chance.

Tel: 03-5909-7180

Friday, 22 April 2016

Efes, Omotesando エフェス表参道

Eastern Mediterranean food is relatively hard to find in Tokyo but, with the doner kebab having made its beachhead in Roppongi, Turkish food seems to feature strongly in recent years. Although I'm more familiar with Greek and Lebanese food, I also enjoy Turkish food from time to time.

Near Omotesando, not far from the famous Maisen tonkatsu store, you will find Efes. It's always a good sign when you see lots of people from the country whose cuisine the restaurant specialises in and Efes is just such a place. The restaurant is clearly catering to the local Turkish community who like to sit up at the bar and chat but Japanese and other foreigners are more than welcome.

The food is a breath of fresh air and has not so much salt in it, which might suit some people. All in all it's a good place for the jaded Tokyo diner to check out for a casual dinner.

Tel: 03-5474-8333