31 Best Japanese Restaurants in Tokyo: A Gourmand's Guide
Come and explore the myriad choices of Japanese food: sushi, smoked eel, oysters, Japanese curry, a wide variety of ramen... the list goes on and on! Experience the best in the City of Neon.
Japanese cuisine, or washoku, covers a wide array of yummy delights—from regional dishes (with each dish prepared differently in each region, say Kansai-style Okonomiyaki would vary from Tokyo-style Okonomiyaki) to international cuisine adapted to Japanese tastes (case in point, Japanese curry). There are all kinds of eating locations: mobile food stands, tiny restaurants that can fit less than ten people, ryoteis that are centuries old, huge establishments with cutting edge modern décor, restaurant with unique themes (such as the infamous prison-themed restaurant) and opulent spaces in five-star hotels. Some of these places specialize in a single type of dish while others have a wide menu.
Japanese cuisine truly is a marvel, and we hope you and your taste buds have fun exploring! As the Japanese say, Itadakimasu!
If you happen to be in Ginza in Tokyo, and you’re suddenly craving for yakiniku, Shoutaien is a great place to have fulfill those cravings. Shoutaien is a chain of restaurants featuring an ambiance that is modern and stylish at the same time. It is found all over Tokyo, and what makes this restaurant so special is that they serve fresh, high quality meats that are delicious when grilled.
Shoutaien serves some of the most popular cuts of meat found in Japan like karubi (ribs), harami (which is belly meat), gyutan (beef tongue), misuji (shoulder) and other great cuts of beef. Shoutaien features a famous house sauce that goes perfectly with the yakiniku and the fragrant rice. You will experience a harmony of tastes on your tongue with the smoky grilled meat, complemented by the special sauce, and delicately balanced with the white rice.
The best thing is? Shoutaien won’t burn a hole through your pocket. For the quality of the meat and service you are getting, Shoutaien has very reasonable prices. With impeccable service and great dishes you can try—not to mention a wide variety of great sakes and beers— it’s no wonder Shoutaien is a favorite among salary men and women.
Shoutaien is located at 9F Cheer Ginza, 5-9-5, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Price Range: ¥6,000 - ¥7,999
Mondays – Fridays, 5pm – 4am (the next day)
Saturdays and Sundays, Holidays, 5pm - midnight
Imakatsu is a great place to get Sasami Katsu, and it is exceptionally made at this restaurant. Sasami Katsu are chicken tenderloin cutlets, and is one of the favorite dishes that locals order, another being their special pork loin cutlets. What makes the Sasami Katsu different here at Imakatsu from other restaurants is that though this dish is fried, the meat inside is so juicy and tender to the point that you’ll change your perceptions on all the Sasami Katsu you used to have.
Imakatsu's Sasami Katsu is lightly coated with their special batter, and the best thing about their fried chicken cutlets is it is not heavily covered in oil, in which any case is the reason people tend to hesitate to try the dish. If you are watching your weight, Sasami Katsu is great choice to indulge those fried cravings that will not go straight to your hips.
You do not really need much condiments to enjoy your Sasami Katsu—instead of a sauce that usually comes with this dish, all you need is Imakatsu’s special salt that complements the chicken’s natural flavor, so that you can enjoy the taste of the chicken even better.
Imakatsu is located at 1F 4-13-18, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Price Range: Lunch: ¥1,000-¥1,999; Dinner: ¥2,000-¥2,999
Mondays to Fridays, 11:30am – 4pm (last order at 3:30pm), 6pm – 11pm (last order at 10:30pm)
Isen Honten has been making tonkatsu for more than 80 years, and is famous for their juicy and succulent pork tonkatsu that generations of locals have loved throughout the years. The pork cutlet is so tender, you can cut it using your chopsticks—imagine that!
Isen Honten is the creator of the unique tonkatsu sandwich, their yummy pork fillet encased in two pieces of freshly-baked bread, with their special tonkatsu sauce.
That's another thing that Isen Honten is famous for: their special tonkatsu sauce tends to lean on the sour side, as opposed to the typical sticky sweet (rather cloying, in my opinion) tonkatsu sauce that usually masks the taste of the cutlet instead of just complementing it.
Now if you ever find yourself in the JR Ueno Station, be sure to try the Isen Honten restaurant nearby. Aside from their famous katsu sandwich, other bestsellers are the Toku Rosu—which is the classic tonkatsu which best represents the history of Isen Honten that spans more than eight decades, and do also try the Yawaraka Tonkatsu, which is a pork tonkatsu prepared with a special technique: the meat is cooked under low heat to ensure the juices remain inside, and to avoid overcooking the pork.
Shout out to Isen Honten’s great service. The staff really does work hard and is dedicated to preserving the traditions of Isen Honten.
Isen Honten is located at 3-40-3, Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number: 03-3834-2901
Price Range: Lunch￥1,000-￥1,999, Dinner ￥1,000-￥1,999
Business Hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays to Saturdays, 11:30am to 8:50pm (last order at 8:30pm)
Sundays and holidays, 11:30am to 8:30pm (last order at 8pm)
Closed on Wednesdays
Funabashiya has been serving some of the finest tempura in Tokyo for over a hundred years. This restaurant commits itself to using only the highest quality ingredients. The reason why Funabashiya’s tempura stands out in the Land of Tempura is because distilled sesame oil is used to fry the prawns, which makes it even more flavorful. And of course, the chef who is frying the tempura has years of experience under his belt, so you can be sure that what comes out of the fryer is perfectly cooked.
One thing that Funabashiya does differently is that they fry and serve your tempura immediately after order, and wait until you’ve finished the dish before frying your next order. Why do they do that you ask? Funabashiya firmly believes that you should enjoy the tempura once it has cooled enough to eat after getting out of the fryer, as the taste changes the longer it cools. This way, you will be able to better taste the different flavors of the ingredients.
Funabashiya is located at 5F Shin Marunouchi Bldg, 1-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number: 03-3211-5200
Price Range: ￥1,000-￥1,999
Lunch: Daily, 11am – 4pm (last order at 3pm)
Dinner: Mondays to Saturdays, 5pm – 11pm (last order 10pm)
Sundays and holidays, 5pm – 10pm (last order 9pm)
Manpuku is one of those inconspicuous little eateries that you will never notice unless someone points it out to you, or you will most likely notice it because of the long queue of people, all excitedly lining up for something magical.
And magical it is! Manpuku serves one of the best fried oysters in Ueno Station. No wonder there’s a constant stream of customers queuing for Manpuku's delicious fried treat topped with a special house sauce.
Manpuku's fried oysters are quite large if you ask me, and if giant, juicy fried oysters aren’t good enough, it can get even better with a fried egg on top— the yolk adds more flavor in every bite you take.
The fried oysters, or kaki fry as they call it, will set you back around 1100 yen, which is surprisingly cheap given the dish’s portion, and the size and quality of the oysters.
Manpuku is located at Ueno, Taitou-ku, Tokyo 4-1-5
Phone Number: 03-3831-3457
Price Range: ￥1,000-￥1,999
Thursdays to Tuesdays, 11am – 6pm
Closed on Wednesdays
Himawari Sushi is considered as one of the most famous kaitenzushi—or conveyor belt sushi restaurants—found in the Shinjuku area: there may be a lot of conveyor belt sushi restaurants found in the Shinjuku area, but none serves sushi as fresh as Himawari Sushi does. This establishment dedicates itself to serving only the freshest, and everything they serve was still in the sea less than 24 hours ago, of top-quality high grade, and for such an amazingly reasonable price too: only 150 to 200 yen per dish! That is the reason why they are one of the best loved conveyor sushi restaurants in the area.
Diners also have the option of ordering off the menu, or just simply ask the service staff to give you a freshly-made plate of your preferred sushi. The best sellers of Himawari Sushi are the salmon, tuna, yellow tail and the sea urchin, which are “sea to table” fresh, which is always a bang for your buck in my book. In a hurry? You don’t have to rush through your meal—just drop by to Himawari Sushi for a great meal.
Himawari Sushi is located at 1-15-3, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number: 03-3344-3576
Price Range: ￥1,000-￥1,999
Daily, 11am – 10pm
Kanda Matsuya is a long standing local favorite for soba in Akihabara. Kanda Matsuya has been in the industry for more than 130 years! It was founded way back in the Meiji era, and this place specializes in buckwheat noodles.
Once you get a seat in the restaurant, I suggest you order the Mori Soba—which is the simplest yet most sophisticated dish, in my opinion. Kanda Matsuya's soba is thin and al dente, and the soba noodles has a deep buckwheat taste and the koshi, or chewiness, is just perfect in my books. The soba is served with an intense and flavorful dashi that has a punch to it.
If you ask me the best way to enjoy soba, I’d say to taste the buckwheat noodles first—do not add anything in the dashi, just plain soba and soup first! After that, you can add whatever condiments you want to add. Personally, I just add wasabi to the noodles and that’s it! Simplicity at its finest!
Obviously, Kanda Matsuya is one of those places that take their passion to the next level when it comes to their product. The taste of their specialty is a testament to their passion and love for soba.
Kanda Matsuya is located at 1-13, Kanda Sudacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number: 03-3251-1556
Price Range: ￥1,000-￥1,999
Mondays to Fridays, 11am – 8pm
Saturdays and holidays, 11am – 7pm
Closed on Sunday
Kisuke is one of those restaurants that make some of the best chicken dishes you will ever have. This place is a kind of cross b etween an izakaya and yakitori, where you have different small plates plus a grill. The chicken yakitori here is superb, with juicy, chicken soaked in their special marinate before grilling.
But the dish you want to try here is the Chicken Shabu Shabu, which is a hot pot dish. Goes great with sake, just like the yakitori and small plates. Definitely come to Kisuke if you want to relax and enjoy good food and drink. No wonder this place is always packed with salarymen and women looking to wind down after work.
Kisuke is located at 2-3-12, Kaminarimon, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, 111-0034
Phone Number: 03-5246-8221
Price Range: ￥800-￥3,500
Mondays to Fridays, 12pm – 2:30pm (last order at 2pm)
Saturdays and Sundays, 12pm – 4pm
Mondays to Fridays, 5pm – 11pm (last order at 10:30pm)
Saturdays and Sundays, 4pm – 11pm
This Harajuku curry shop is famous all throughout Tokyo for its insanely spicy soup curry. It is so spicy, it's something like a tourist attraction in Harajuku for you to come over and try to eat the "Boga" Curry. This soup curry, at spice level 40, is practically inedible! Imagine, your tongue will begin to burn the moment the soup touches your tongue. Probably not the best dish for your health, but we humans just can't resist testing our limits now, can we?
You can order the soup curry at lower spice levels, of course. And it's pretty good!
2F Honorary Harajuku Building, 3-26-11 Jingumae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number: 03-5772-6424
Price Range: ￥1,000 –￥1,999
Daily, 11:30am - 1am (last order at midnight)
For more than 136 years, Kanda Yabusoba has been serving soba to the happy denizens of Tokyo. Founded in 1880, Kanda Yabusoba is quietly situated in an antiquated building in the middle of Japanese private houses. Kanda Yabusoba is a very traditional Japanese style restaurant where you can dine amidst the beautiful scenery of a garden, just right in front of you! A true hidden gem, indeed!
Having a great atmosphere like this while slurping your soba may already be considered a great dining experience, but you see, that is just the tip of the iceberg! Kanda Yabusoba's soba is divinely awesome—the chewiness of the soba, or locally called "koshi", is just perfect, and the deep flavors of the soba noodles will surely wow you and render you speechless throughout the meal, save for happy slurping sounds you’ll be making.
You have three choices when you are in Kanda Yabusoba Seiro: simple cold soba noodles, the Tendane (soba noodles in tsuyu soup—a very umami soup using sake, mirin, soy sauce, kombu and bonito flakes—served with crispy, deep-fried shrimp patty), and lastly, the Tempura Sobra, which is buckwheat noodles in broth topped with deep fried shrimp.
Kanda Yabusoba is located at :2-10 Kanda Awajicyo, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number:03 3251 0287
Price Range: Lunch ￥1,000 –￥1,999; Dinner ￥3,000 –￥3,999
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays to Sundays, 11:30am – 9pm (last order 8:30pm)
Closed on Wednesdays
Asahizushi has been serving sushi for more than 80 years, and the ingredients used for the sushi are of the highest grade and fresh, but surprisingly they are selling it for very reasonable prices! Which, in any case, is very rare in Japan—especially if we’re talking about sushi.
The interiors of Asahizushi are clean and chic, a simple Zen-like space that exudes a calming and relaxing ambiance. When it comes to history, Asahizushi is teeming with it! As the owner always says, Asahizushi has gone through a lot—two world wars! But challenges like this build character, and the owners firmly believe that customers will always come back to the quality of the sushi and impeccable service that the restaurant provides.
If ever you are in Shibuya be sure to drop by to Asahizushi sushi restaurant. You’ll have a great meal with great food, great ambiance, and perhaps a history lesson or two from the friendly owners.
Asahizushi is located at Shibuya Tokyu Toyoko 9F, 2-24-1, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0002
Phone Number: 03-3477-4821
Price Range: Lunch ￥1,000 - ￥1,999, Dinner ￥2,000 - ￥2,999
Open daily, 10am – 10:30pm (last order at 10pm)
Menya Musashi Kosho
Musashi is a new kid on the block, a new found ramen chain in which every store features a different style of ramen and distinctive flavors of the respective bowls. But here at Menya Musashi Kosho, the specialty is soy sauce and fish based soup served with thick, chewy noodles. This soup is so flavorful, with the fish bones boiling for many hours. The restaurant interiors are simple yet chic. Don’t forget to add chashu pork and a perfectly boiled egg with a runny center to your bowl for a richer experience!
Musashi is located at 4-12-6 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo
Price Range: ￥1,000 –￥1,999
Daily, 11am – 10pm
Gogyo's specialty is miso ramen. But what they serve is not your average miso ramen—Gogyo serves Burnt Miso Ramen, where the miso is first roasted before being made into a broth. At first glance, this dark brown soup with black specks floating on top doesn't look very appetizing, and you would most probably expect it to have an unpleasant bitter taste. Take a sip, and you'll be surprised to realize that it just tastes like miso, but with a much, much richer and smokier flavor.
Thin, chewy noodles are a perfect match to this yummy bowl of soup, then topped with tender, moist pieces of chashu pork, fish cakes, and a runny poached egg. Don't miss this bowl when you're in Tokyo.
Gogyo is located at the 7F Ginza Velvia Kan, 2-4-6, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number: 03-5775-5566
Mondays to Wednesdays, 5:30pm-11pm
Thursdays to Saturdays, 5:30pm - 2am
Sundays, 5:30pm - 10pm
Yuzu is a Japanese citrus fruit that is also known as Japanese lemons, and is regularly made into juices, ice cream and other desserts. However, Menya Hyottoko has made this a vital ingredient in their Shio Ramen.
Initially, you may think that the sour yuzu fruit has no business with a perfectly good bowl of shio ramen. However, you'd be surprise that the sour flavor of the fruit actually complements the salty soup very well. The tanginess of the yuzu lends a wonderful depth to the shio soup, and keeps it from getting "too boring." It is a popular choice among female customers who are watching their weight, and among elderly customers who avoid rich, oily foods. This combination is, after all, a lighter and healthier option compared to other meaty bowls of ramen.
Menya Hyottoko is located at Tokyo Koutsu Kaikan B1F, 2-10-1, Yurakucho Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
Phone Number: 03-3211-6002
Mondays to Saturdays, 11am - 2:30pm
Mondays to Fridays, 3:30pm - 8pm
Saturdays, 3:30pm - 7pm
Closed on Sundays
If you love eel, then you should not miss Binchou in Ginza. Their specialty is Hitsumabushi, which is eel that is cooked over a charcoal grill, giving the meat that wonderful, smoky flavor. Served over fragrant white rice with their super secret soy-based sauce, this dish is simplicity at its finest, and so soooo good!
Hitsumabushi is a traditional Japanese dish, and what makes Binchou’s unagi stand out is the crispy texture of the skin. With secret techniques perfected over a number of years, only a few restaurants can achieve the crispy skin and tender meat inside.
Binchou Ginza-ten is located at 12th Floor Tokyo Marronnier Gate. 2-2-14, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number: 03-5159-0231
Daily, 11am - 3:30pm, 5pm - 11pm
Kasuzuke is a traditional Japanese way of pickling fish: the fish is pickled in sake. One of the most popular places that serve Kasuzuke is Uokyu. Their bestseller is picked Gindara, or black cod, which is a favorite among weight-watchers as the fish is known to flush out toxins and unhealthy fat from one's body.
Order their healthy but delicious set meals at only ￥1,300. Not only will you be good to your body, you get to satisfy your hunger and taste buds at the same time too!
Kyoukasuzuke Uokyu is located at Tougin 2 Building 2F, 3-10-15, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number: 03-6226-3395
Price Range: ￥1,000-￥1,999
Mondays to Fridays, 11am - 2pm
Closed on weekends and holidays. Also closed on the first three days of the New Year.
Hot Spoon is the kind of restaurant where you want to order everything on the menu, and quickly becomes an addiction you crave for. When it comes to Japanese curry, there's no better place than Hot Spoon. The long lines outside this place is proof on how good the food is.
They have all sorts of curry here at Hot Spoon, but the dish that really stands out is the Chicken Curry with spinach and eggs. For only ￥800, this flavorful bowl is surely worth the price. The curry will be served to you on an iron plate, so you get to eat it while its piping hot. A phenomenal meal at a super reasonable price. Come and get it!
Hot Spoon is located at Marunouchi Eiraku building B1F Iiyo Yokocho, 1-4-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number: 03-6273-4240
Price Range: ￥1,500
Mondays to Saturdays, 11am - 10:30pm
Closed on Sundays
Offering fantastic views, Gonpachi restaurant is a famous restaurant with famous guests. This is where Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi took former President Bush during this visit to Japan for delicious sushi and other Japanese dishes. Also, Gonpachi was also featured in the Kill Bill movie, and this is where Uma Thurman and other famous stars ate.
Gonpachi not only serves amazing sushi, but they also have small plates and beautiful grilled meats you can grill on the tabletop. Rest assured that the food is great here. I mean if this is where state leaders meet, then it must be exceptional.
Gonpachi is located at the 14th Floor of E Space Tower, 3-6 Maruyama cho Shibuyaku Tokyo 150-0044
Phone Number: 03-5784-3772
Price Range: Lunch - ￥1000 - ￥1999; Dinner - ￥8,000 - ￥9,999
Daily, 11:30am - 3pm
Daily, 3pm - 3:30am (last order at 3am)
Torihei i is located in the old part of Tokyo, which is Asakusa. This yakitori restaurant serves some of the best quality meats found in Japan, and the must-try dish here is their Kamameshi, which is cooked in the traditional way. Basically, kamameshi is rice cooked with vegetables and meat all at the same time, which makes the rice really flavorful. This recipe for this particular kamameshi has been passed down in the family for more than three generations. Torihei is one of those restaurants where you can enjoy great good cooked with years of experience, and get the real and authentic thing, just like in the olden days.
Kamameshi aside, don't miss out on Torihei's yakitori. They serve around 6 skewers of yakitori per order, which is very generous compared to other yakitori shops in Japan. Torihei's bestsellers are chicken, beef hearts, chicken skin, and beef tongue.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy these grilled delights with Torihei's wide variety of sake.
Torihei is located at 1-6-7, Asakusa, Taitou-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number: 03-3844-1607
Price Range: Lunch 3,000-3,999 Yen, Dinner 6,000-7,999 Yen
Mondays to Fridays, 11am - 2pm (last order at 1:30pm)
Mondays to Fridays, 5pm - 10pm (last order at 9:30pm)
Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, open all day from 12pm to 10pm (last order at 9:30pm)
Ushiya Ginbe is considered as one of the best yakiniku places in the Ginza area. With its modern and chic interiors, it matches the glitz and glamour of Ginza, the shopping capital of Japan.
The best thing about Ushiya Ginbe is perhaps its awesome ventilation in the restaurant and private rooms. Unlike other yakiniku shops, the smell grilled meat will not stick on your clothes and hair after enjoying your delicious meal in Ushiya Ginbe.
Ushiya Ginbe makes sure that they use only the highest quality of meats for your dining pleasure. The restaurant's best seller is, hands down, the sirloin. The meat is of impeccable quality, one bite is all it takes to taste the quality of the meat. The best way to enjoy this cut of meat is to not over grill it. I would suggest leaving it on the toasting rack for only a minute or two, or until it cooks medium rare. Giving the meat a little sear, but still keeping it medium rare gives you the pleasure to enjoy the freshness of the meat and the beautiful natural flavors it has, so you do not really need to put a lot condiments on the meat. However, I highly suggest that you try Ushiya Ginbe's wasabi based sauce, it complements the beef so well, bringing the flavors to another dimension.
Some of Ushiya Ginbe other must tries are their beef tongue, Daisen Chicken which is salted and broiled, and Japanese Black kalbi, the highest grade of pork belly. Everything in the menu is good. Trust me, you practically can't go wrong with whatever you decide to order here. No wonder Ushiya Ginbe is one of the most famous places to eat in Ginza.
Ushiya Ginbe is located at 7-2-8, Ginza Chuo-ku Tokyo, Touken Building 2F
Phone Number: 050-5868-8655
Price Range: Lunch ￥1,000 - ￥1,999; Dinner ￥5,000 - ￥5,999
Mondays to Fridays, 5pm to midnight
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays
Ami Ryougoku Souhonten
Ryogoku is famous for two reasons: traditional Sumo wrestling and chanko, which is a miso-based stew served to Sumo wrestlers.
Ami Ryougoku Souhonten makes an excellent Kaisen Chanko Miso Aji, or Miso-Based Seafood Chanko. This chunky stew includes four huge slices of fresh fish, plump scallops, juicy prawns and squid. The seafood flavor is brought to new depths with the flavorful miso paste. For only 890 yen, it's a steal, and is one of the best in town. The price also includes two small side dishes (pickled vegetables and soup, for example) along with one free refill of white rice.
Can you finish it? Sumo wrestlers definitely can!
Ami Ryougoku Souhonten
2F, 3-26-6, Ryogoku, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number: 03-5669-1570
Price Range: ￥999 - ￥4,999
Daily, 11am - 2am of the next day
Shigenoi serves an amazing bowl of Oyakadon, or chicken and egg rice bowl. The chicken is grilled over coals, and it retains a wonderful smoky flavor and is juicy. The egg only enhances the dish and makes it really rich. Order the set menu, which comes with Shigenoi's special chicken soup and yummy Japanese pickled vegetables.
This place a little hard to find, but looking for it is sure worth your efforts. From Tokyo Station, locate the area called Kurobe Yokocho.
Shigenoi is a great place to bring your friends, because you know this delicious dish will not let you down. Plus it's affordable too!
Shigenoi is located at B1F of the Tokyo Station, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number: 03-3287-0021
Price: ¥ 900 ~ ¥ 1,999
Daily, 11am - 11pm (last order at 9:45pm)
The beef bowl has earned its reputation as a simple, cheap Japanese fast food that you can find in any fast food chain stores.
The beef bowl in Butasute costs a little more than your usual fast food beef bowl: 1,260 yen. However, given the quality of the meat (beef from Ise, pretty similar to Kobe Matsuzaka beef), it is sure worth it! The meat is tender and soooo fresh, plus Butasute's secret sauce perfectly complements the meat, highlighting its natural flavors. Without exaggeration, it's one of the best beef bowls in Tokyo! Plus you get to have a magnificent view of the Tokyo Station when eating here. A great meal with a great view, what more can you ask for?
5F Kitte Building, 2-7-2, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number: 050-5868-6753
Price Range: 1,000 yen - 5,999 yen
Mondays to Saturdays, 11am to 11pm
Sundays and Holidays, 11am to 10pm
Closed only on New Year
Uogashi Ryouri Tsukukichi
Opened in 1945, Tsukukichi has been serving authentic Izakaya food and shochu and sake to Japanese salary men and women for the past seventy years, who come over to throw back some liquor while nibbling on delicious small plates and relax after work.
The fish here is exceptionally fresh. Fresh bonitos, nakaochi (the ribs of tuna). One bite is all it takes for you to realize why this place is open and going strong after more than seven decades. Not only s the fish fresh, but perfectly seasoned as well, with mind-blowing flavors that will surely impress anyone.
The restaurant decor features a retro Showa-style ambiance. This is one of the best places to visit if you are interested in experiencing local culture. Oh, and good luck with the language barrier too, but that's part of the whole package, right?
Uogashi Ryouri Tsukukichi is located at 3F Daini Sowaredo Building, 6-3-5, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number : 03-3574-1589
Price Range: ￥6,000～￥7,999
Mondays to Fridays, 5pm - 10:30pm
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays
One of the more popular dishes in Japan is the Hayashi Rice, which is beef, mushrooms and onions simmered in a tomato and red wine demi-glace sauce, then served over rice. They say that the name of the dish was derived from Yuteki Hayashi, who found the Maruzen Company (well-known publishing company that prints books and journals) in 1869.
The Maruzen Café is the first place to ever serve the Hayashi Rice in Japan. This Nihonbashi establishment serves the BEST Hayashi Rice ever, and is also very reasonably priced. Actually, most of the items on the lunch menu costs under 1,500 yen! Not only do you get awesome food, but it's a great chance for you to soak up history as well.
The most popular item on the menu is the Hayashi Omelette Rice for 1,250 yen that comes with a fresh salad as a side dish. The traditional Hayashi sauce in this dish is amazingly mouthwatering! If you're ever in Tokyo, make sure to come and try this exceptional dish!
Maruzen Café is located at 3F Nihonbashi Maruzen Tokyu Building, 2-3-10, Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number: 03-6202-0013
Prince Range: 1,000- yen 1,999 yen
Daily, 9:30am to 8:30pm (last order at 8:10pm)
Closed on New Year
Misogen is a small restaurant that serves yummy and healthy dishes that are miso-based. But the best item on their menu is the Tonjiru or pork miso soup. The miso soup has a rich, deep flavor and is a substantial dish with tender chunks of pork, and braised vegetables such as carrots, tofu, Japanese radish, cabbage, potatoes, onions and konnyaku (which is a jelly-like substance extracted from Konnyaku potatoes). For only 850 yen, you can order the Tonjiru as part of a set menu with goma takana rice. (Goma takana is leaf mustard with sesame.)
While there are restaurants serving miso soup everywhere in this country, one sip of Misogen's Tonjiru is all it takes to know why people keep coming back for more.
B1F, Kitte Building, 2-7-2, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number: 03-6256-0831
Price Range: 999 yen
Mondays to Sautrdays, 10am - 9pm
Sundays and Holidays, 10am - 8pm
Negishi Yaesuten is famous for its gyutan, or beef tongue. Beef tongue is a popular food in Japan, due to its chewy texture and great flavors. In Negishi, the tongue is grilled over charcoal, which makes it even more flavorful.
The Tantoro Set only costs 1,530 yen, and includes six pieces of thick beef tongue, a bowl of flavorful beef tail soup, a bowl of fragrant rice and grated yam. It's an excellent lunch meal that you should not miss when you're in Tokyo.
Yaesu Underground Shopping Center, 2-1, Yaesu, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number: 03-3281-2188
Price Range: 1,000 yen - 1,999 yen
Mondays to Saturdays, 10:30am - 10:30pm (last order at 10pm)
Closed on Sundays and holidays
If you like gyoza (Japanese dumplings), or it's your first time to try gyoza, then I would highly recommend Harajuku Gyozaro. This place is so famous, it's a phenomenon. People line up for this place, it's THAT good!
This restaurant specializes in gyoza, and its menu offers a few varieties of the grilled dumplings, all of which are very good. One bite is all it takes to get addicted!
6-2-4 Jinguumae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number: 03-3406-4743
Price Range: 1,999 yen
Daily, 11:30am - 4:30am (the next day)
Kushihan serves a mean bowl of Miso Katsu, probably one of the best in the city! For those who don't know, Miso Katsu is Katsudon (fried pork cutlet) with a miso sauce. And yes, this combination works!
The Miso Katsu set lunch is the most popular item on the lunch menu at Kushihan. The katsu is perfectly fried, sliced, and put on top of the fragrant white rice. Miso sauce is poured it, then topped with an egg. Served with veggie sticks as a side dish and a bowl of warm soup. So delicious, you'll surely come back for it.
Tokyo Station B1F Kurobe Yokocho, 1-9-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number: 03-3287-3851
Price Range: 1,000 yen - 1,999 yen
Daily, 11am - 11pm (last order at 10pm)
Closed on New Year's Day
Kushiage is basically deep fried goodness on a stick, and is a very popular food that originated from Osaka. Kushiage can range from deep fried breaded meats, seafood or vegetables. Shuns offers its kushiage on top of rice, and served with a house sauce made with balsamic vinegar.
You must try the shrimp here! The Ebi Katsu Don features two giant prawns that are perfectly breaded and fried, served on top of rice. The balsamic vinegar secret house sauce takes the dish to a whole new level. Trust me, this dish will stay on your mind and your taste buds for a long time to come.
B1F Tokyo Building TOKIA, 2-7-3, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number: 03-5293-7588
Prince Range: ¥ 1,000 ~ ¥ 1,999
Mondays to Fridays, 11am - 3pm (last order at 2pm)
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, 11am - 2:30pm (last order at 2pm)
Daily, 5pm - 11pm (last order at 10pm)
Cafe Crepe Strawberry House
Café Crepe Strawberry House opened in 1977, and was the first restaurant in Harajuku that specializes in crepe. They are very particular about the ingredients they use, and it clearly shows in the delicious crepes they make.
The slightly crispy outer layer of the crepe is made from milk and fresh eggs, and measures exactly 41 centimeters long, folded perfectly to make sure it holds heat and will be served to you at perfect eating temperature. Aside from the Strawberry crepe that the restaurant is named after, don't miss out on the Banana Chocolate Fresh Cream crepe.
If you're ever in the Harajuku area, be sure to pop in and have a sweet snack here at Cafe Crepe Strawberry House.
Cafe Crepe Strawberry House
1-11-6, Jinguumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number: 03-3497-0030
Price Range: ¥999
Mondays to Fridays, 10:30am - 10pm
Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, 10am - 10pm
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