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Food-Crazy Tokyo

Tetsuya Miura

Photo: Tetsuya Miura

Japan’s capital may be the most food-crazed city on earth. Whether it’s kaiten sushi or kanten jelly, cone pizza or collagen-packed soft-shell-turtle meat, this city devours it all. In Tokyo, the sublime meets the ridiculous, and handmade collides with high-tech—sometimes all in one bite. Hungry?Here, some tasting notes from the edge.

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Destinations: Tokyo

Inspired by: Tokyo Cuisine: Hip New Trends — by Anya von Bremzen, Published Sep. 2008

Restaurants (7)

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    Mikimoto Lounge

    Well heeled Ginza shoppers and ladies who lunch converge at the lounge on the 3rd floor of Mikimoto's Ginza 2 Building, also known as "the Swiss Ch

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    Teppei

    Teppei specializes in esoteric shochu spirits and 10 kinds of ume-shu (plum) liqueur. The narrow haunt also serves an Okinawan Spam sushi - pervers

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    Butagumi

    Literally translated as "pig gang", this new-wave tonkatsu temple occupies a quaint timber-framed house in a quiet residential enclave near big, br

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    Gyoza Stadium

    Located inside the indoor mulit-attraction extravaganza called Namjatown, the stadium's riotous kitschy sprawl is part pinball-like pachinko parlor

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    Yokohama Ramen Museum

    Japan's love affair with the ramen noodle is celebrated at the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum, an interactive exhibit space that includes a ramen 'them

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    Daiba Little Hong Kong

    Cantonese-food fans come to this uncanny simulacrum of downtown Kowloon.

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    Buri

    The locale has an entire wall of color-coordinated mini sake containers behind its handsome circular bar. Try to order their junmai and daiginjo wi

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Activities (7)

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    Patisserie Satsuki

    The bakery in the New Otani Hotel specializes in mont blanc desserts.

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    Bar Chocolat

    The pastry boutique was designed by Wonderwall, the cutting edge design firm behing Uniqlo stores.

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    Gucci Café

    Perhaps the natural next step for the extension of the brand, Gucci's first cafe is located on the fourth floor of its Ginza store, giving shoppers

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    Buchi

    The dark, designy, one-person deep standing bar sells single servings of sake in little jars to keep the sake fresh.

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    Takashimaya Times Square

    There are 70 kinds of salt at the depachika (department store basement food hall). The vinegar sommelier holds tastings and sells "infuse-your-own-

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    Hidemi Sugino

    Sugino's creations are baked daily in minuscule quantities, which qualifies them as gentei (limited-edition) and thus extra-desireable.

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    Patisserie Sadaharu AOKI

    Japanese pastry chef Sadaharu Aoki established a reputation in Paris before opening his all-white, ultra-modern Marunouchi shop, where exquisite pa

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