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Oct 26, 2012

Doorstep Delights: Get what you want from Tokyo’s delivery spots

Amenro La Fiesta

Amid Roppongi’s international kaleidoscope is a haven of home-cooked Mexican cuisine—with a free-flowing party vibe to boot—in the form of Amenro La Fiesta.

All the dishes at La Fiesta are made with natural ingredients and no chemical seasonings. Classics like nachos (¥880-¥1,080), quesadillas (¥660-¥880), tacos (hard or soft, ¥800-¥1,180), or fajitas (¥1,760-¥2,280) are on the menu alongside cheeky curiosities like the queso fundido (¥790), a rare-in-Tokyo dish of melted cheese with chorizo (a cauliflower-and-broccoli option is available for veggies).

The margarita (¥780) is made with fresh lemons, and Mexican beer and tequila are on hand, too, to lubricate your adventure. And the drinks are reasonably priced—Negra Modelo, Tecate, Dos Equis, Sol and Corona all cost ¥700. The drinks list also features sangria (¥500) and a half-dozen varieties of piña coladas (¥1,180).

But it’s not just about Tex. The menu also includes authentic Mexican meals such as mole poblano (¥1,980) and beef a la tampiqueña (¥2,480), plus appetizers like camarones al ajillo (garlic grilled shrimp, ¥1,230). So, whether you’re looking for the US take or real South-of-the-Border cooking, this friendly and colorful restaurant has the meal for you. And if you fancy opening up a La Fiesta taste sensation in your own office or home, they’re happy to deliver their delicious dishes to your door.

2F 3-15-23 Roppongi, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-3475-4412. Email: Open daily 11:30am-2pm (LO) & 5-11:30pm (LO). Nearest stn: Roppongi.

Burger Mania Shirokane / Hiroo

Imagine you’re stepping into a New York City hamburger café in downtown Tokyo, at one of two branches of Burger Mania. Their woody, open-plan design marks them out from your typical Japanese burger house, as does the tasty, wide-ranging menu.
The burgers have become a favorite with Japanese and foreigner alike—a common phrase heard when walking past their front windows, open during warmer months, is a declaration that these are the best burgers in the city. And the gushes of praise are often accompanied by punters buying their kawaii burger keyrings.

So what’s the fuss about? Well, the Ultimate Blue Cheese Burger (¥1,300) and the Bacon Cheese Burger (¥1,250) are the most popular orders on the slate. Sides include French fries with sour cream and sweet chili (¥600). Customers can select toppings to give sandwiches a personal touch, too.

In a sumptuous twist, you can enjoy the fine sandwiches of Burger Mania without even leaving your home or office, via a delivery service operated by FineDine. To keep the delicious dishes piping hot, insulation packs are used on all deliveries. Please note that delivery prices can differ from the restaurant menu.

Look out for Burger Mania’s revamped menu coming out in November, with many more elegant varieties to choose from.

Shirokane: 6-5-7 Shirokane, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-3442-2200. Delivery: Tel: 03-5791-3130 (FineDine Azabu).
Hiroo: 2F Hiroo Rokkoukan 5-15-25 Azabu, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-5422-7899. Delivery: Tel: 03-5775-1860 (FineDine Aoyama).

Domino’s Pizza Japan

Foreigners in Japan rarely get used to Japanese pizzas with mayonnaise, corn, and other strange toppings. Fortunately they don’t have to. Domino’s Pizza Japan offers authentic US-style pizzas with all the right ingredients. And they get it to your door with no hassle.
Ordering stuff in Japan can be tricky without the lingo. That’s why the kindly folks at Domino’s have set up an easy-to-use, all-in-English website. All you have to do is browse the pictorial menu, punch in your choices, and sit back. Your food is freshly prepared and delivered hot and steaming half an hour later. Choose from specialty pizzas, build-your-own where you choose the toppings (they even offer mayonnaise—just in case), and gain access to succulent special offers.

One such bargain is valid until September 30. Order up a Brooklyn Pizza and get a whole other one absolutely free. There are four delicious varieties, including the Brooklyn Kings, with ground sausage, fresh, juicy tomato, and a tasty range of other toppings. To claim the deal, just sign up to the English website of Domino’s Pizza Japan (registration is free, quick, and easy), and go to “Special Offers.”
If you’re not keen for pizza—or fancy branching out—Domino’s also offers tasty subs, fried chicken, pasta dishes and a whole menu more. And with over 200 stores around Japan, you won’t have any trouble getting your meal, wherever you live.

Open daily 11am-midnight (can vary by store). Email:

Munchies Catering

In the context of growing fast-food consumption in Japan, Munchies Deli Tokyo was born out of a desire to promote a healthy eating lifestyle for today’s busy urban folk. Putting this philosophy into action, this versatile catering business is highly selective in its sourcing, using only the safest additive-free ingredients.

Chefs use these raw materials to create a variety of healthy dishes to cater for the most extravagant of events. Munchies aims to please a full range of customers, whether they be large corporate groups, bands of old friends coming together, or teenagers at a birthday party. The folk at this friendly, family-style company believe parties needn’t be the realm of greasy snacks, but can be a place where the best features of fresh food can be enjoyed.

Munchies is happy to deliver the fodder to the venue at a time of your choosing. For hot food, special heat packets are included, so that the dishes can be reheated and served steaming to guests whenever you wish. The menu is awash with delicious original recipes, but some of the most popular are the finger foods and pinchos.

For orders exceeding ¥30,000 Munchies will even throw in a free bottle of wine to help boost the party spirit. Get in touch with any questions you might have, or peruse the website to see what’s on offer.

2F Loop-X Bldg, 3-9-15 Kaigan, Minato- ku. Tel: 0120-875-191. Email: Open daily 10am-8pm, closed New Year season.

Tired of spending your precious time off driving hours in traffic to Costco or IKEA? Never bothered going because you don’t have a car? Trips to those far-flung outlets are a thing of the past thanks to Tokyo’s sprightly foreigner-friendly delivery service, Yoyo Market. Hit them up online and get deliveries of the best of Costco and IKEA as well as a host of other imported and organic goodies.

Yoyo Market offers the fastest shipping in the business. Order before noon on a weekday to get the package on your doorstep before noon the next day—and that’s for almost all of Japan. The easy-to-read English-language info on the website clearly explains all relevant details, such as the ¥950 shipping fee per box up to 25kg (no matter what’s in it), how to access their friendly, accessible support and other features likely to make the Western consumer weep with joy. There are no hidden charges like extra shipping for chilled or frozen foods. And aside from foodstuffs (real baking powder, anyone?), Yoyo Market has a wide variety of fabric softeners, detergents, and even deodorants. Have a browse and see what you find.

If you spend over ¥30,000, you can get shipping for free. And for every ¥100 yen you spend, you’ll earn ¥1 in Yoyo Reward Points. Enter METRO-1 into the coupon code field when you check out, and receive ¥500 off orders over ¥15,000.

Sep 7, 2012

Family Table: Several kid-friendly eateries that are adult-friendly, too

Pierette Near Futako-Tamagawa station, kids will want to pirouette with joy at Pierette (4-15-30, Seta, Setagaya-ku;, a massive indoor play complex produced by educational toy importer and retailer BorneLund Ltd. Multiple zones—the cyberwheel, air castle, circuit and baby gym, among others—are designed to amuse and captivate kids up to age 12, while the Garden Café provides sustenance and refreshment before and after energetic bouts of play. Adults can rest assured that all menu items have been tested for potential allergens, and choose from either a Japanese or Western set (¥980) as the kids tuck into their own curry (¥530), or a special basket of goodies (¥630). Various admission charges apply.



Courtesy of Baby King Kitchen

At first glance, the wooden toys, miniature slide, “library” books and indoor swing suggest kids rule the roost at Baby King Kitchen (2F, 3-2-15 Koenji-Kita, Suginami-ku;, but a stylish interior comprised of leather sofas, burnished wood and chalky walls ensures visiting adults will also feel right at home. At ¥1,100, the children’s lunch plate is pricier than many items on the grown ups’ menu, but when a hamburger, fried egg, cocktail wiener sausage, battered shrimp, rice, salad and dessert are up for grabs, even the fussiest of eaters will be placated.



© Yoshitaka Matsumoto

Kids’ meals are all grown up at Aussie chef Bill Granger’s Odaiba outpost (Seaside Mall 3F, 1-6-1 Daiba, Minato-ku;, where worldly whippersnappers feast on adaptations from the adults’ menu. If the grilled salmon with beans and mash doesn’t appeal, wean your child on sophisticated versions of kid-friendly staples such as the wagyu burger, chicken schnitzel with garlic mashed potatoes and for budding vegetarians, spaghetti with cherry tomatoes, ricotta, spinach and Pecorino. All are available with a choice of four desserts for ¥1,100.


It’s not your everyday café restaurant that boasts its own playground, but such is the case with Dear Kids Café (1-25-3 Kamishakujii, Nerima-ku;, a cavernous and brightly colored tot-friendly space where children can amuse themselves with rubber balls, climbing equipment and a slide while parents tuck into pizza, pasta or a salad, and a beverage or two. A small surcharge of ¥350 is levied on children aged between 1-6 years for the first hour of playground use, but if one of the special kids’ meals (¥580) or pizza, pasta and sandwich are ordered, the hour becomes free.



Don’t let the name fool you—the Tokyo Baby Café (B1F, 4-5-12 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku; is as much for parents as it is for kids. Apart from luxe amenities such as spacious changing areas and nursing rooms, the café is stocked with picture books and toys galore, allowing parents to relax because their children are playing safely and not causing mayhem. The menu caters for customers of all ages, and a limited number of Oisix-sourced organic lunch sets are available daily. Exclusively for the under-seven set (accompanied by parents or guardians) and pregnant women, the Tokyo Baby Café charges ¥500 per half hour for use of its facilities on top of any food and beverages ordered.



Courtesy of Sun2Diner

A relaxed and easy vibe, stroller-friendly interior, non-smoking area and BBQ goodies galore have all helped make Nakameguro burger and grill restaurant Sun2Diner (Ogawa Building 1F, 2-43-11, Kamimeguro Meguro-ku; a finger-licking family favorite. Children are also in for a special treat with their very own Kids’ Plate (¥650) including mashed potato, pancakes, scrambled eggs, drinks and vanilla ice cream. Time your visit right and you might also get to see some old school animation along the lines of Tom and Jerry on the venue’s TV.



Daikanyama is home to numerous baby and children’s shopping outlets, and after an energetic morning (or afternoon) of retail therapy, mamas and papas are advised to take a relaxing break at Chano-ma, housed in the same building as the Unit nightclub (2F Za House Bldg, 1-34-17 Ebisu-Nishi, Shibuya-ku; From11:30 am until 5pm the venue runs an extended “Chano-mama lunchtime,” a space in which parents can enjoy eating organic food from Hokkaido while their babies lounge, play and nap on the spacious canvas-covered tatami seating area. Changing facilities are top notch and Chano-ma also organizes “Happy Birthday photo sessions” for the junior set.

Jul 13, 2012
Francesco Agresti

Mado Lounge

By Steve Trautlein

Perched 52 floors above Roppongi, Mado Lounge is Tokyo’s highest-altitude dining room. It also shares space with the city’s most talked-about museum, and it’s well-known among club kids thanks to frequent late-night dance parties. With all that Mado Lounge has going for it, the kitchen could still attract a following even if the food was mediocre.

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Jun 15, 2012
Francesco Agresti

Mucho Mexicano

By Kevin Mcgue

In the center of Cabo San Lucas, a resort town at the very tip of Mexico’s Baja peninsula, there’s a three-story monument to hedonism called El Squid Roe. At this combination bar, restaurant and dance hall, bartenders arm themselves with spray tanks of tequila and drunk American tourists dance on the tables.

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May 11, 2012
Francesco Agresti


By Jeff W. Richards

You may associate slab o’ meat cookin’ with Texas-style BBQ, but Wakanui Grill Dining in Higashi Azabu is out to change your mind. Specializing in meat-on-the grill dining with all ingredients sourced from New Zealand, Wakanui opened in April of last year and is gaining a foothold in the upscale—and decidedly non-veggie—Tokyo foodie circles.

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Mar 9, 2012
Francesco Agresti

White Smoke

Ken Blog


By Jeff W. Richards

The grilled meat renaissance in Tokyo is being led by Craig White. With grills like Yokohama’s Baird’s Bashamichi Taproom, the Wakanui in Higashi Azabu and constant openings of premium burger joints, meat lovers have reason to celebrate—and White Smoke may just be the altar to which we niku-tarians pray.

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