Matsugen : Relaxed Japanese cookery for evening

Matsugen in Tokyo is a specialist noodle restaurant by day, but in the evening transforms itself into a proper restaurant with that Japanese penchant for background jazz music, which I quite like actually. Some foreign web sites have this as a really top restaurant, which I think would be doing a dis-service to those that really are at the top, but nevertheless it is really enjoyable.

They have two restaurants, one near Azabu Juban, the other (where we went) at the Ebisu/Hibiya border. The communal tables are nice and informal, the only downside being that Japan is still a 'smoking OK' country and for half our dinner we were sitting close to two people who appeared to have sponsorship from Japan Tobacco.