The unpretentious vibe, the sense of adventure, and the superb cuisine—Japanese-based with other Asian and European influences—have made Manzaratei a local favorite. Depending on the season, the ample menu offers handmade soba, oven-roasted chicken, or spring rolls with citrusy ponzu dressing. Outdoor dining in the warmer months and counter seating on both floors of the two-story town house let you mingle with other patrons; for more-intimate evenings, ask for
a table upstairs under the eaves. The restaurant is a block north of the intersection of Shijo-dori and Karasuma-dori. An English menu is available.