Chow Rundown

Chow Rundown: Ninja Akasaka

Tokyo is home to various themed restaurants and cafés. From robots to cats, the city probably has it. Since we already visited the owl café, I wanted to give David another restaurant experience which he won’t be able to find anywhere else. I was debating between the robot restaurant and the ninja restaurant. The robot restaurant looks pretty awesome! I’m sure we would have fun there if not for the food. They only offer bento boxes which was unacceptable to me because the cover charge for the show is already 9,000 yen! My mom also had some rave reviews on the ninja restaurant so that’s where we ended up going. (more…)

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Chow Rundown: Maison de la Bourgogne

Situated in a quiet street of Kagurazaka, this French bistro should not be missed! Fate brought me here when my friends and I were wandering around the district in search for dinner. Unfortunately, they did not have enough seating to accommodate us at that time. I vowed to come back and try their food. Thankfully, it was my birthday in two weeks. When my mom asked me where I wanted to celebrate, I immediately asked her to make a reservation for Maison de la Bourgogne.

It’s safely ensconced from the hustle and bustle of Kagurazaka providing you with a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. Perfect for wine and deep conversations! They have outside seating facing the street which is a great addition, provided it wasn’t 35 degrees outside. Inside seating was quite comfortable. Ask to be seated in the booths! Service was not rushed, and servers were attentive.

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Chow Rundown: Morizumi

Morizumi is located towards the end of a hill of residential buildings and small restaurants. Both interior and exterior design looks nothing like a ramen restaurant (more like an Italian café) which might seem off-putting to people who want authentic ramen shops. However, don’t let that stop you from trying out their food! What I absolutely loved about this place is the open kitchen. There’s nothing better than seeing your food freshly prepared in front of you.

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Morizumi Map

10 minute walk from Myogadani station, accessed by Marunouchi line.

4-15-13 Koishikawa
Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
03-5805-3655

Open all week except on Tuesdays.
11:30 AM to 03:00 PM
05:30 PM to 10:00 PM (more…)

Chow Rundown: La Cuchara

With the Spanish flag hanging outside and doodles all over the window, you won’t miss it walking around Kagurazaka. It’s a small restaurant which seats about 20 people comfortably. The staff is young and service pace is relatively fast if you come in on a Saturday afternoon. I do believe the place gets busy around 7 in the evening.

La Cuchara 5

They have a great selection of Iberian wines for sale, conveniently located on wooden shelves at the end of the room. Prices start at about ¥4,000 yen all the way to ¥9,000. The place is great for an intimate hang out with friends. They mostly serve tapas but have larger plates if your appetite calls for it.

La Cuchara

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Iidabashi Map

Best accessed through Tozai, Yurakucho or Oedo line by Iidabashi station.

4 Chome-3, Omiya Bldg. 2F
Kagurazaka, Shinjuku
03-5228-5058

Open from 05:30 PM – 01:30 AM.
Closed on Mondays. (more…)

Chow Rundown: Aoyama Flower Market Teahouse

The actual teahouse is located behind the flower shop. You may have to wait a few minutes in order to get in. It’s the worst kept secret “café” in Omotesando. I place café in quotation marks because they don’t actually serve coffee here.
Aoyama 5
Aoyama 3
The place itself is very laidback. Ivy lines the greenhouse beams. Glass lamps hang from the ceiling like twinkling stars. I especially liked the exposed brick wall seen from the huge window towards the back.

Aoyama Flower Market has a large variety of flowers on sale plus they also sell these cute potted plants!

Aoyama 7
Aoyama 6

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Aoyama Flower Market Map
A few minutes away from Omotesando station, this place is best accessed by Ginza, Hanzomon or Chiyoda line.

5-1-2 Minami-Aoyama
Minato-ku, Tokyo
03-3400-0887

Open from 11:00 AM – 06:30 PM. (more…)