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Tokyo - Japan
Whether your budget calls for a cheap bowl of noodles, or a melt-in-your-mouth Chateaubriand for two, you are certain to find food and drink to suit your taste in Tokyo. Nepali, Persian, Greek, Cajun...anything goes. For a price, of course. Korean restaurants are represented well, second to Japanese in the capital, followed closely by Chinese, then American, French, and Thai. Tokyo also has a wide range of Indian restaurants and Italian cuisine.
The Royal Park hotel houses Kei-ka-en, which specializes in Cantonese dishes and offers many fresh, seasonal items on their menu. Several floors up, you'll find Palazzo, which switches things up with its eclectic French cuisine and large wine selection. Also, be sure to sit near a window to take in the stunning views of Tokyo at night. Dishes from all over the world are served at L' Aventure. Try the spaghetti with urchin cream sauce for something truly unique, or go to Genjikoh for a traditional Japanese dinner that includes tempura, shabu shabu and a nice glass of sake.
You'll find some quality Chinese and Thai at Coca near the famous Seibu department store. If you find yourself in the mood for different kinds of sake, you have to stop at Sake No Ana, which translates into “The Sake Hole.” 130 different kinds are available for tasting here, and there is also a menu of classic Japanese dishes. Italian may seem out of place in Tokyo, but La Fontevini knows how to do it well. They specialize in fresh, local seafood, but have affordable pizza and pasta options also. Alain Ducasse's BEIGE TOKYO gets its style partly from its location on the top floor of the Chanel Ginza Building. French food is served in a sleek, modern décor.
The American-Caribbean flair of Lahaina definitely sticks out in this city. It's well known for the quality of its universally-comforting Cajun food. There's also a Turkish place called Vahsi At, which has belly dancers at night. Belgo is a fine Belgian pub with over one hundred different brews to choose from and a good selection of light meals. Barbacoa embraces the spirit of Carnival with its vibrant dining room and eclectic Brazilian menu. Meals are served informally; you can pick what you'd like from a large buffet.
For a pleasing Thai meal, try Ban Kirao or Ban Thai. Soak up the earthy ambiance of AUREOLE, which serves healthy, contemporary food that will satisfy anyone looking for a macrobiotic meal, like fresh vegetable tortillas. Esperia is known for their large selection of cheeses; different kinds even decorate the dining room. You can incorporate any kind you like into one of their many fine Italian dishes. You have to try dim sum when you're in Tokyo, and Tokyo Daihanten is famous for its inventive and delicious dumplings. Nagani is a bar and restaurant that serves Burmese food in a jungle-themed dining room.
The Bombay Cafe combines Indian, Thai and Mexican on its eclectic menu, while Cay offers exotic food in a warmly lit atmosphere; try the lobster in coconut sauce. Aoyama Sakura is another very cozy and intimate place to go, where you can sit in a lush, dark décor and enjoy some traditional Japanese food and a nice glass of sake. For something unique, check out Jap Cho Ok, where you'll find Korean dishes that cater to vegetarians and meat-eaters alike; try the special liquor made from ginseng for a late-night boost. The seafood and wine bar is the big draw at Underground Mr. Zoogunzoo, where you can dine in a warm, earthy atmosphere.
Phothai Down Under is just what it sounds like: Australian-Thai fusion. You can get a tasty steak here, and some nice Australian wine. The buffet during the week is also worth checking out. To the delight of many Western tourists, the Hard Rock Cafe is located here, so if you want a good hamburger and some rock and roll nostalgia, you know where to go. Salsa Sudada is a South American bar and restaurant with more to offer than just great food and margaritas; they have regular dance classes that will fine-tune your merengue dance moves.
Anna Miller's stays open 24 hours, and serves breakfast around the clock. The best thing about this place is their wide array of classic pie flavors; everything from cherry to key lime is represented, and they all evoke a feeling of home. Trader Vic's specializes in flavorful Polynesian meals with colorful ingredients like coconut and bananas, and a wine list with choices that originate mostly in California. At the Rib Room, you'll be able to find different cuts of steak cooked to perfection, like Matsuzaka Beef.
Laten is and Italian restaurant and crêperie that will give you a large portion of whatever you order, and you can top it all off with a decadent chocolate crepe. Watch your meal being prepared at Fukusuke, where the sushi is known for its freshness and quality. The delicious Okinawa-inspired food at Miyarabi is accompanied with some skilled dancers on certain nights; you can spend an entire evening here and never be bored.