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Food writer and restaurant reviewer for the Japan Times contact: foodfile (at) me (dot) com
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Just refreshing the link in my comment above: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2004/07/16/food/fishmarket-taproom-chugging-down-the-coast/ My Japan Times review of Bryan Baird's Fishmarket Taproom in Numazu (July 16, 2004)
"I've been writing about food in Japan for almost 40 years. And I've got to say I know it pretty well…" Especially the Tomigaya neighbourhood. The excellent sandwiches and coffee at Camelback; other favourites such as Ahiru Store and Shibuya Cheese Stand; the classic Uoriki fishmongers; plus, of course, the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2019 at tokyo food file
Such a great evening :)
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When it comes to premium yakitori, nowhere does it better than grillmaster supreme Yoshiteru Ikegawa’s brilliant Torishiki. Nowhere is harder to reserve, either. Which is why it was such good news when Torioka, his new offshoot, opened last autumn. Not only is the location more central — in the heart... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2019 at tokyo food file
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Men Chirashi is bright and welcoming, but it’s also — for the moment, at least — a noodle joint by and for the locals and insiders. …The udon at Men Chirashi is the real deal. You can watch it being made in front of your eyes: “Freshly rolled; freshly cut;... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2019 at tokyo food file
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The Tokyo Food File 2017 year-end round-up The house is cleaned, the yard swept, the auspicious kadomatsu pine decorations in their place by the door. All that’s left to be done is to slurp the New Year’s toshikoshi soba noodles, to give thanks for another bumper year of superlative dining,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2019 at tokyo food file
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Seeing out the old year in Tokyo with a few glances back, to the side, and ahead to 2019: my year-end column in The Japan Times. Good eating and good health to one and all in the Year of the Boar. The sands of time are rapidly running out on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2019 at tokyo food file
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Best wishes to one and all, in the Year of the Boar. Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2019 at tokyo food file
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Congratulations to chef Toshiro Minami on opening his first spin-off, a small take-out kiosk simply called Mimosa Ginza, inside the spiffy new Ginza Sony Park... "Instead of his usual modern Shanghainese cuisine, he has developed a line of excellent dim sum take-out items, including steamed buns, spring rolls, radish pie... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2018 at tokyo food file
Hi Michael, and thanks so much for dropping a comment here. And sorry I didn't answer you quicker! Hope your umeboshi turned out great. all the best from Japan!
Toggle Commented Apr 23, 2018 on Drying Day 4: the ume are boshi at The Umeboshi Blog
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Many of Tokyo’s finest restaurants are so hidden away you hardly know they’re even there. But there’s little chance of missing Maruka. In the unlikely event that you fail to spot the large white noren curtain across the entrance, you won’t miss the long line leading up to it. Year-round,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at tokyo food file
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The congratulatory bouquets were arrayed in profusion outside the entrance to Sincere last month, marking its opening in the quiet residential backstreets north of Harajuku. Sometimes those auspicious flowers — sent by well-wishers at the start of any new venture — can seem like mere ritual gestures of support. But... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2017 at tokyo food file
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Arriving at erba da nakahigashi, you might think you’d stumbled into a plush, exclusive Japanese restaurant, rather than one serving Italian cuisine. The walls down to the basement premises are finished in lacquer and the dining room has no tables at all, just a compact open kitchen with a wooden... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2017 at tokyo food file
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TOKYO FOOD FILE YEAR-END 2016 What a year it’s been. Thankfully, the world of gastronomy hasn’t ridden quite the same roller-coaster of frustration, sadness and despair as the political and popular music arenas. Even so, it’s high time to get the Year of the Monkey off our backs with a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2017 at tokyo food file
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In April 2014, chef René Redzepi was riding the crest of a wave. Noma, his iconic Copenhagen restaurant, had just been voted back to #1 on the World 50 Best list, cementing its place as one of the top global dining destinations. And then, at the awards ceremony, he dropped... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2016 at tokyo food file
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A few sticks of kushi-age and a pint of Wabi-Sabi Japan Pale Ale. That can only mean one thing: another session at Baird's spiffy new Takadanobaba Taproom. As featured in my column tomorrow (‪#‎sneakpreview‬)… … which is now up in The Japan Times here… Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at tokyo food file
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It was a pleasure – and yes, a great honour – to spend a good part of an afternoon last month with a chef who has long been one of my culinary heroes. My interview with Pierre Gagnaire, condensed down into 20 key questions and answers, runs in the Japan... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2016 at tokyo food file
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December 2015: After a prolonged (4-year) stay of execution, the wonderful Omotesando Koffee is due to finally close its doors at the end of the month. That leaves only a few more days to revisit – or discover for the first time – this modern/retro Tokyo classic. This was my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2016 at tokyo food file
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I do like a nice formal invitation — especially when it comes from an embassy. This, though, was special: the Brazilian embassy inviting me to a formal sit-down meal cooked by Alex Atala and Yoshihiro Narisawa no less. An opportunity not to be missed. One of the great things about... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2016 at tokyo food file
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Introducing Matsubara-an Keyaki in Harajuku. It's the sister restaurant to Matsubara-an, the wonderful soba house in the residential backstreets of Kamakura. Apart from the urban setting, the Harajuku restaurant has much in common with the Kamakura original – from the moment you relinquish your shoes at the door to the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at tokyo food file
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Another great year for dining out is drawing to a well replete close. But before the bonenkai (“forget the old year” parties) erase the old memory tapes for good, let’s quickly hit that pause button and rewind a few of the finest highlights of the past 12 months… My year-end... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2015 at tokyo food file
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One last pilgrimage to this run-down shopping street in the western suburbs… One last confrontation with this seen-better-days ticket machine… And one last bowl of this remarkable, genre-busting, one-of-a-kind mazemen — the "Everything roasted garlic men"… Yes, sad but true. It was the final weekend for the original Ivan Ramen,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2015 at tokyo food file
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Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta, in Sugamo. The first ramen restaurant ever, anywhere, to be awarded a Michelin star (in the 2016 Tokyo Red Guide)… Don't be fooled by the name: you won’t find buckwheat noodles in your bowl. The name is a proud declaration that ramen is so much a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2015 at tokyo food file
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Three things you need to know before searching out Salmon & Trout: It lies in the suburbs, a ten-minute walk from the nearest station; both inside and out it looks as much like a bicycle showroom as a restaurant; and rarely if ever will the two namesake fish appear on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2015 at tokyo food file
Thanks Ryan, much appreciated. It was interesting to compare your photos with my recent visit — and also with my previous visit, which was back in early July. So many similarities, and of course lots of the same serving dishes. But also so many dishes that were different. I especially loved that ayu dish (the second course). cheers!