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Jangara Ramen
Price: ¥1000. Beer & sake ¥500
2 minutes from Harajuku Station, a loyal clientele means long peak-time queues. But the bowls of steaming Japanese noodles are definitely worth waiting for. Friendly staff serve the standard Jangara or richer Bonchan with meat, egg and fish added according to choice. Jazz music and individual artwork add to the colourful ambience.
Shanzel Building No. 2 1F/2F, 1–13–21 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Tel: (03) 3404 5405.
Web site: www.jangara.co.jp (Japanese only)
 
MealMUJI
Price: ¥1200. Wine: ¥400
Across the train tracks from the Tokyo International Forum, this bright, large café extends the MUJI lifestyle brand to food. Specialising in organic, preservative-free ingredients, the freshly baked breads and 25 deli choices, such as curries, seasonal salads, and grilled fish, attract a relaxed, youthful crowd.
3–8–3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku
Tel: (03) 5208 8241.
 
Moti
Price: ¥3000. Wine: ¥2000
Situated in the Roppongi nightlife district, Moti has been serving Tokyoites with authentic Indian food for twenty years. Vegetable curries such as channa masala and palak panir offer a haven for vegetarians, while meat eaters will enjoy dishes such as Punjabi chicken tikka and mutton kofta. Mughal-style arches and murals provide an exotic feel to the decor. Lunch specials cost only ¥900. Moti has a branch in Akasaka as well.
Roppongi Hama Building 3F, 6–2–35 Roppongi, Minato-ku
Tel: (03) 3479 1939.
Web site: www.tokyo.to/moti

Branch:

Kinpa Building 3F, 2–14–31 Akasaka, Minato-ku
 
Phothai Down Under
Price: ¥3500. Wine: ¥2500
This vibrant, down-to-earth Thai restaurant is a superb place to fill up before hitting the Roppongi nightspots. The large menu covers all the favourites, from tomyam noodles to beef coconut curry, also a selection of Australian wines, beers and, somewhat bizarrely, steaks. The delicious lunch buffet (weekdays only) is a favourite with local office workers and excellent value at ¥1000.
Roppongi Five Plaza Building 2F, 5–18–21 Roppongi, Minato-ku
Tel: (03) 3505 1504. Fax: (03) 3443 7258.
 
Tengu Price: ¥1500. Wine: ¥1000
This inexpensive and lively chain of Japanese-style pubs (izakaya) is popular with office workers and students. It offers a wide variety of snack foods, such as yakitori grilled chicken and sashimi fish, plus Japanese versions of salads and pizza, washed down with practically priced beer and sake. Guests can order as little or as much as they desire from the picture menu, and the most branches are easily recognised from the red, long-nosed demon mask emblem.
Ginza Roku-chome Branch, 6–13–3 Ginza, Chuo-ku
Tel: (03) 3248 2588.
Web site: www.teng.co.jp (Japanese only)