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Highsnobiety Travel August, 3 2012

Highsnobiety Travel: Masafumi Watanabe of Bedwin & The Heartbreakers – My 5 Favorite Tokyo Food Spots

Today we start with our new Highsnobiety Travel Series. We all know how it is when you are somewhere far away from home, do not know anybody local and have to pick a restaurant/bar/club and you depend on the hotel concierge or strange online travel sites to give you the right hint. At for us, those situations always end up with mediocre experiences, nowhere close to having the right person from that city show you around and tell you where to go. For that reason we start with Highsnobiety Travel. A series that will explore all sorts of interesting areas to make sure that you never hit the wrong spots again.

We are really happy to start the series with Masafumi Watanabe, head of Tokyo brand Bedwin & The Heartbreakers. Some of you may know him and if you do, then you know that he is a true connoisseur when it comes to food. He gave us his 5 favorite Tokyo food spots – where to go, when to go and what to take.

Check them out here below.

KAN
Tokyo, Meguro-ku, Higashiyama 2-1-1

Kan is a modern japanese Izakaya in a sophisticated setting. The long counter-table make it interesting to interact with the chef and witness the whole cooking process. It’s one of my favorite restaurant for a dinner with clients or friends.

GANTAN
Tokyo, Meguro-ku, Higashiyama 1-8-6 #109

This upscale Izakaya offers a great dinning experience with possibility to book one of their few private rooms for an intimate dinner with a small group of friends or out-of-town guest. I particularly recommend their sashimi and the off-menu Soba.

AFURI
Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Sendagaya 3-63-1

AFURI ramen has quickly become one of the best ramen shop in town. The Harajuku branch is definitely my go-to spot for a quick noodle fix. I usually order the seasonal AFURI’s suggestion, their Yuzu-style ramen is perfect for a hot Tokyo summer night.

KANTERA
Tokyo, Setagaya-ku, Daizawa 3-12-26

Kantera is my favorite Korean BBQ restaurant here in Tokyo. It’s a bit of a drive from Shibuya but definitely worth the ride. Kantera offers a great selection of Wagyu beef and I particularly enjoy their boneless short ribs. The restaurant itself is very well-designed and they also have a nice patio with outdoor tables.

Cent-Trente-Neuf
Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Udagawacho 11-2

French food and jazz music! The oversized Niçoise salad are very good and their Plat du Jour selection is always on point. Perfect for a lunch near my office.

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