On a date night for our Anniversary, my husband and I checked out T.Y. Harbor Brewery in Shinagawa before heading to dinner. It was about a 40 minute trip door to door from the New Sanno by train (Hiroo Station to Tennozu Isle Station). We did not have reservations but had no trouble getting a table for two on the main deck when we arrived around 4:00pm. There was another deck area that was closed between lunch and dinner but was re-opening by the time we left. It was a beautiful night on the water and we enjoyed the brews. The menu looked great as well and we hope to go back to try the food! – Angela Vaillant, June 2019
Smokehouse in Shibuya claims to be Tokyo’s first authentic BBQ restaurant. My husband and I recently visited on a date night and enjoyed the atmosphere and the food! They also offer a craft beer selection from T.Y. Harbor Brewery. We started with the smoked devil eggs which were delicious. For our main course, I had a hamburger and my husband had the Combo 4 meat platter with corn bread. We both really enjoyed our meals and I’d love to go back and try some of the other offerings on the menu. You can view the full dinner menu, in English, on their web-site. You can also link to their on-line reservations page. The restaurant is located on the 2nd floor above The Roastery, which looked like a great spot to grab a coffee. We walked to Smokehouse from Baird Beer in Harajuku. The restaurant is off of Cat Street which is a hip and pedestrian friendly shopping street. It was a great date night to celebrate my husband’s birthday with brews and meat! – Angela Vaillant, March 2019
I recently visited 3.14 Italian Restaurant in Fussa for lunch and dinner. The restaurant is a short walk from the Seiyu Department Store if you have shopping to do and can get your parking validated. There are also paid parking lots nearby. My first visit was for lunch with a friend. We did not have a reservation but after some google translating we were sat inside the smaller area of the restaurant with just a few small tables near the kitchen. The menu was in Japanese so we went with the safe lunch set of margherita pizza. It was only 1100 yen and came with a small salad and a drink. This was probably my favorite margherita pizza I have had locally, and I’ve tried a lot. Later in the week we had a last minute couples date night to say goodbye to friends. We called just 30 minutes ahead for a table for 6 on a Saturday night and were able to get in. We were seated in the larger dining room this visit. The dinner menu was much more extensive and many of the options were more family style so we were able to share and sample each others dishes. The waiter spoke some English and informed us the food would come out at different time intervals which was fine since we were able to share most dishes. We started with a caprese salad, bruschetta (we never figured out what it was called on the menu but pointed to the table next to us) and a very large salad. We sampled entree’s of spaghetti and linguine with crab, parmesan risotto and a few other Italian dishes. We finished the night off with a giant slice of chocolate cake and tiramisu. All of the food was delicious and reasonably priced and we would definitely go back again! – Angela Vaillant, July 2018
Phone number – 047-530-0815
Hours – Lunch 11:00am-3:00pm, last order at 2:30pm, Dinner 6:00pm-10:30pm, last order at 10:00pm.
My husband and I recently tried out a Spanish Tapas restaurant in Tachikawa called Tempranillo Tapas & Wines. We called for a reservation about 5 days out and had no problem booking a table for two. They did let us know it was a special night with Flamenco dancers and a set menu. The restaurant has recently re-located to a red brick building a short walk from Tachikawa station, in the basement (level B1 off the elevator.) We were the first to arrive and the owner greeted us and again let us know that is was Flamenco night and the set up of seats was different from a normal night. They started us with 2 glasses of champagne, prosciutto, and a Spanish tapas platter. Little did I know the pig leg was sitting nearby on the bar being shaved for the dish. We were also served mussels before the main dish of Paella came out. The performance started at 7:30 and food service seemed to stop for about 45 minutes. We were at a distance from the show but Jose asked us if we wanted to move closer at the end of the bar for the second set. We moved and shared a bottle of wine finished off with a dessert of churros covered in chocolate sauce. We really enjoyed the food and Flamenco performance! The second set finished by 9:30 and we were full and happy. We asked Jose how often they do Flamenco night and he said it happens once a month. The set menu price was 5500-6000 yen per person. The regular tapas menu has a lot of variety and we look forward to going back to try more dishes. You can check their website for upcoming events. If you are looking to escape your typical Japanese experience, this is the place! Jose gave us his card which includes his restaurant philosophy….”We are real people, we make mistakes, we say sorry, we give second chances, we have funny moments, we give hugs, we ask forgiveness, we make noise, we are patient and grateful, and especially we love each other and we love you a lot.” – Angela Vaillant, July 2018
While getting my hair done in Shibuya, my hairdresser recommended a nearby Italian restaurant for lunch after. Goo Italiano is a cute little Italian restaurant on a corner not far from Shibuya crossing. I have been twice now for lunch and enjoyed their Paccheri Tomato Sauce dish on both visits. Their sets range for 1000yen to 1500yen for lunch and include focaccia bread, salad, pasta choice and a drink. Their iced peach tea is worth a try! My husband also enjoyed the pasta of the day special. Their dinner menu has a lot more variety and includes family style meals. The dinner grand menu includes pizzas, pastas, salads, lasagna, and Italian appetizers. They also offer carry out. – Angela Vaillant, April 2018
If you love Thai food, Peppermint Café in Kichijoji is a great restaurant to check out. It is the sister restaurant of Pepa Café which is just a short walk away. The atmosphere is great and the food was awesome too. My friends and I stumbled upon the menu on the street on a girls night out . We were seated at a cute table in the corner where we took off our shoes before sitting. The dinner menu was very large so we decided to share and sample a variety of items. The mojito’s were also very tasty! I have since been back for lunch when we had family in town. The menu is much smaller for lunch but includes a soup and salad set. The area itself is also a great spot to check out for a date night or girls night out. There are many shops and restaurants and it is a 35-45 minute train ride from Akishima station. – Angela Vaillant, November 2017