R0011149Tokyo is the greatest food city on the planet. I’ve been eating, and writing, my way through Tokyo for more than 15 years now; first as a writer for the now sadly defunct Tokyo Q website, then as a restaurant reviewer for the Asahi Shimbun. I’ve worked on a few guidebooks—two fine Tokyo Q guidebooks, the Time Out Shortlist Tokyo guidebook, and all editions of the new Miele Guidebook. I wrote about food and Tokyo for several years in the IHT/Asahi Shimbun, and wrote restaurant reviews for many years, or perhaps still do write, for Metropolis magazine. I published a lengthy piece in the South China Morning Post magazine on Tokyo restaurants. This blog, Tokyofoodlife, was also chosen by The Wall Street Journal: Digital Network to be part of their Asian blog feature. I was also once interviewed by the Wall Street Journal Asia about the state of Tokyo restaurants after the March earthquake and nuclear disaster. Now much of my writing is for The Japan Times, in which I’m a regular contributor. I’ve also recently been chosen by the LUXE City Guides to be the Tokyo Resident Editor for Restaurants & Bars. There’s so much going on in this amazing city, that I want to share it with you in this blog. Enjoy your Tokyo food life.

Michael Kleindl

p.s. With the recent blog kick back thing in the news, I’d like to say that all my blogs are written without any kind of compensation at all. No kick backs. No free meals.

I write about these places and things because I love them. And I hope you will too.

55 Responses to “About”

  1. Sabine Says:

    Dear Michael,

    I really like your blog and would love to interview you on food and beverage trends in Tokyo/ Japan. Would you be available and get back to me.

    Thanks so much in advance.



  2. SWS Says:

    Hi, what about Maisen for Tonkatsu? I really like this chain in Tokyo (e.g., Omote Sando, Shibuya (in that new Hikarie Building))



  3. Mike Kleindl Says:

    Hello Steffen,

    Thanks for writing to tokyofoodlife.
    Maisen is okay, but it is a huge business. I prefer the one shop/one owner approach where each tonkatsu is carefully prepared. Maisen is too big of an operation for my tastes.


    Mike Kleindl

  4. sila Says:

    Hello Michael,

    I am not sure if you will remember me. We exchanged a few lines as I wrote a bit about Cafe de l’Ambre in 2010.

    This week I will be in Tokyo. I have so much to do here and – of course – with the preparations that I neglected to contact you earlier. I am aware of the fact that it is on a very short notice, but do you think we could meet? I will be in Tokyo November 6 through 17th and plan to visit this fantastic cafe. I also wish to get into the Sushi temple owned by the great sushi master, Jiro Sukiyabashi. I am sure you know him. I also have a ticket for the National Noh theater.

    I would love to hear from you, if you have a chance.



  5. Tallulah Says:

    Dear Mike

    I came across your site when I was trying to find out about the classical coffee shop in Shibuya, The Lion. It was so wonderful to read about it.
    So I am based in Vancouver, Canada and working on this project, and eventually I will make my way back to Tokyo to work on it. I am looking and searching for amazing characters. I am not sure if and when I do make it you, might have some good leads in the restaurant area.
    It would be charming to hear from you
    Warmest Tallulah

    WORLD PEOPLE PROJECT/Tokyo is a photographic portrait based project created by Tallulah

    Her team is searching high and low to find the people who make the world tick. We are looking for participants who give the world its colour, vibrancy, cheer and a little amount of je ne sais quoi.
    So please accept this invitation to be part of WORLD PEOPLE PROJECT/Tokyo

    To date we have featured: social activists, musicians, artists, mermaids,
    performers, professors, students, engineers and the list continues.
    CONTACT TALLULAH @ tallulahphotography@gmail.com
    CANADA 604 728 8258

    This project will be conducted over the next years resulting in 100’s of portraits across the world. Tallulah is interested in community building exhibitions and events to celebrate this project. Eventually a series of books will be created.

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