World Cup Dining
AFRICAN HOME TOUCH (GHANA)
In addition to African beers, a true variety is on offer, including waakye (boiled rice and beans), palava sauce (stew), spicy chicken wings, various soups such as ogbono (African mango) and ofe akwu (palm fruit), as well as fufu (pounded cakes) made of yam or cassava, a woody shrub.
3F Yoko Central Roppongi Bldg,3-15-22 Roppongi, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-6447-0116. Nearest stn: Roppongi. http://africanhometouch.com
Authentic African bar decor with a friendly atmosphere. The owner promises to pull out African drums on request—and guests are free to try their hand as well. Happy hour from 6-9pm every day but Monday: draught beer ¥400 and South African wine ¥500.
3F Muraki bldg, 3-11-2 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku. Tel: 03-3353-3334. Nearest stn: Shinjuku Sanchome. http://esogie.com
CALABASH (IVORY COAST)
In addition to healthy and spicy dishes from Ivory Coast, Senegal and Mali, Calabash offers musical performances, flamenco shows and Saturday djembe lessons. The restaurant will be open for Japan vs Ivory Coast Jun 15 at 9:30am (¥3,000 with one drink and lunch, half price for Ivorian nationals), as well as games between Japan and other African nations.
B1F, 2-10-1 Hamamatsucho, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-3433-0884. Nearest stn: Hamamatsucho. www.calabash.co.jp
ASIA & OCEANIA
LEE’S KITCHEN (SOUTH KOREA)
Korean homestyle dining and drinking, including a limited selection of high-end shochu. Dishes include samgyeopsal (thick, fatty slices of pork belly done yakiniku-style), bulgogi grilled beef, three kinds of chijimi and a horumon (tripe) nabe that can be spiced anywhere from regular to super.
1F Nikko Bldg, 2-15-12 Misakicho, Chiyoda-ku. Tel: 050-5789-5301. Nearest stn: Suidobashi. http://meturl.com/3i
A refined shabu-shabu spot that holds onto its wa with both hands. Kissho will bruise the bank without breaking it, with sets and courses falling into the ¥3,000-7,000 range. If you want to drop more, the Higashi Ginza branch will do wagyu shabu-shabu for up to ¥14,040.
Ginza: 4F Royal Crystal Ginza, 5-4-6 Ginza, Chuo-ku. Tel: 03-6251-8191. Nearest stn: Ginza. Higashiginza: 9F Duplex Tower, 5-13-19 Ginza, Chuo-ku. Tel: 03-6226-5353. Nearest stn: Higashiginza. www.kissho.co.jp
OZ CAFÉ (AUSTRALIA)
A decent local attempt at an Aussie resort bar, OZ Café offers the requisite Aussie beef and beer in a comfortable environment including plentiful plants, a billiard table and a sofa-lined terrace. Down-under animals on the menu include crocodile, kangaroo and emu. Or you could just go for “Ayers Rock omuraisu.”
1F Sekiya Bldg, 1-8-13 Nishi Azabu, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-3470-7734. Nearest stn: Roppongi. www.oz-cafe.co.jp
THE FOOTNIK (ENGLAND)
British pub billed as a place where people of all nationalities can interact through the language of football—a tradition carried on since the European Championships in England in 1996.
Ebisu: 1F Asahi Bldg, 1-11-2 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-5795-0144. Osaki: 1F ThinkPark Bldg, 2-1-1 Osaki, Shinagawa-ku. Tel: 03-5759-1044. Nearest stn: Ebisu. Nakano: 1F Nakano Central Park South, 4-10-2 Nakano, Nakano-ku. Tel: 03-5942-8499. Nearest stn: Nakano. www.footnik.net
Along with Belgian cuisine and other dishes from mainland Europe, this European-style pub offers over 160 (count ’em!) varieties of European beer.
B1F Shinjuku Shimazu Bldg, 2-11-20 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-5371-0666. Nearest stn: Shinjuku. www.eurobeer.net/frigo
Run by Dutch-English siblings, this cozy pub offers European ambiance and home-cooked food, including 40 varieties of beer and eight draft towers.
1F Kayo-Kokubunji Green Bldg, 2-15-6 Minamicho, Kokubunji. Tel: 050-1361-4797. Nearest stn: Kokubunji. www.lighthouse-tokyo.com
All the schnitzel, sausages, sauerkraut and Black Forest ham you could ask for, plus a seasonal menu that brings in venison and pheasant for the winter. We’d recommend you wait until after June 28 if you’re not an asparagus fan, though.
1F Roppongi 1st Bldg, 1-9-9 Roppongi, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-5563-9240. Nearest stn: Roppongi Itchome. www.zum-einhorn.co.jp
BRASSERIE LE DUC (FRANCE)
A relaxed space 30 seconds from Roppongi station, this café-restaurant combo offers French bistro cuisine on an expansive wood-decked terrace.
1F Roppongi Hills Tower, 6-2-31 Roppongi, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-6804-5377. Nearest stn: Roppongi. http://toyoplan.jp/le-duc/
SWISS CHALET (SWITZERLAND)
The whole Swiss deal: rösti, raclette and a variety of fondues, supplemented with salmon, escargots and schnitzel. And of course, fondue chocolat for dessert.
1F Apa Hotel, 4-4-5 Nishi Azabu, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-5774-9300. Nearest stn: Hiroo. http://r.gnavi.co.jp/b022200
The main floor is a casual restaurant, while the second floor is a more formal affair with a chandelier and old-world decor. The menu features Zagreb speciality štrukli—thinly pulled dough stuffed with cheese and smothered in cream sauce.
1F Hitachi No. 6 Bldg, 2-6-14 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku. Tel: 03-5250-2055. Nearest stn: Kyobashi. www.dobro.co.jp