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Zezankyo: A showcase for tempura artistry

It would be absolutely inaccurate to call Tetsuya Saotome a maverick. But within the traditional, buttoned-down world of tempura chefs, he certainly stands

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Rokurinsha: A ramen line-up worth dipping into

Rokurinsha for Tsukumen Tokyo Solamachi www.rokurinsha.com MAP Location: Tokyo Solamachi 6F, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo (03) 5809-7368

Lunch at Sushi Saito, 1-9-15 Akasaka, Minato-ku; +81 (0) 3 3589 4412; noon-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-11 p.m., closed on Sundays and some national holidays.

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New venues made Tokyo tastier in '11

Nakamura Shokudo, 6-15-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo; (03) 5575-0026. Open daily 5:30-11:30 p.m. Nearest station: Akasaka (Chiyoda Line). Japanese menu; little English spoken. Uraya, Daini Sasaki Bldg. B1, 2-27-6 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo; (03) 5960-7141. Open 5-11:30 p.m. (Sun. and holidays 4:30-10:30 p.m.). Nearest station: Ikebukuro (various lines). Japanese menu; little English spoken.