Mu-Hung New Towa Bldg, 5-2-39 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku Mu-Hung aims to give Tokyo-ites a dose of authentic Singaporean cuisine. Its mainstay is the Chinese classic of chicken rice, accompanied by Mu-Hung's twist on the original, a ginger-flavoured consomme. Rich and deliciously greasy, Malaysian chicken curries are a reasonable 1,000 yen (HK$65), accompanied by flaky yet toothsome roti. Mu-Hung's avocado salad is a deviation from the traditional Asian menu but is complementary, adding a Japanese element with its tangy wafu dressing. Cicada, Cicada 5-2-40 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku North African and Spanish fare is served tapas-style in sizzling terracotta dishes, a dramatic flourish to the eatery's contemporary and warm decor. A choice of olive oils at various prices borders on the pretentious, but appetisers such as prawns sauteed with garlic (1,200 yen) usually warrant a second order. J's Kitchen 5-15-22 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku ( www.js-kitchen.com ) Macrobiotic food can be as elusive as cooked sushi in Tokyo. Fortunately, Californian-influenced J's Kitchen addresses the balance by providing organic, veggie and tofu-laden Japanese cuisine in a rustic and homey setting. The real draw for this cafe are the large and filling lunchtime sets (1,200 yen). Tofu burgers served in homemade baps accompanied by salad composed of traditional Japanese ingredients, such as lotus root and burdock, keep both the Birkenstock brigade and steak lovers sweet. Sushi Misakimaru 5-15-22 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku We generally avoid recommending chain restaurants, yet it's hard to ignore Misakimaru's competitively priced menu, much of which starts at 210 yen for two pieces of sushi. Misakimaru (below) demonstrates its deep-sea offering with brightly coloured plastic replicas outside the restaurants. This means that even the most linguistically challenged can point to one of the many sushi platters without fear of mistakenly ordering whale sashimi. It's difficult to spend more than 900 yen on lunch unless you're really hungry and all the usual favourites, such as tuna, cod roe and squid, are available pre-chopped. Cafe des Pres 5-1-27 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku This French cafe and bar is a local institution. Chewy baguettes loaded with cheese are good any time of the day, but a particular draw is its delicious hot chocolate. Chocolate chunks are heated to pouring consistency, put in a small jug and served alongside a pot of boiling milk, allowing customers to mix three cups of the heavenly liquid (800 yen). A bowl of sugar is at hand if you're really in the mood for a sugar-induced coma.