Great Restaurants in Ginza: A Gourmand's Guide
Known as the hub of luxury in Japan, Ginza is not only home to some of Japan's best shopping, but also some of its most incredible food.
A popular upmarket shopping district in Tokyo, Ginza, with its prominent department stores and boutiques, is considered by many people to be one of the most luxurious shopping areas in the world.
Ginza is also famous for the restaurants and coffeehouses that have sprung up to accommodate the needs of those who do retail therapy. Hungry after shopping? Or do you just want to take a short break before going back for more? Here are some of the best places to do so.
1. Anzu Ginza Mitsukoshi
Anzu is a tonkatsu restaurant that serves Ginjo Joshu pork loin, which is one of the well-known brands of pork loin from Gunma Prefecture.
The pork is covered with very light and crispy breading, and only the best quality of oil is used to fry the tonkatsu. One bite is all it takes to know that the quality of the ingredients is top notch. A lot of local foodies sprinkle special salt over the pork instead of using the normal sauce to appreciate the taste of first-class meat, as the sauce may mask the meat flavor.
Accompanied with pickled vegetables and miso, your Anzu tonkatsu meal is complete. You will surely be a very, very happy person after this meal!
Anzu Ginza Mitsukoshi is located at 4-6-16, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo Ginza Mitsukoshi 11F. Hours: 11:00-22:30. Open daily. Credit cards accepted: VISA, AMEX. Price Range: Lunch￥1,000-￥3,500, Dinner￥1,000-￥3,500
2. Imakatsu Ginza-ten
If there’s one thing that is great battered, it is juicy and tender chicken tenderloin. The house specialty of Imakatsu is the exceptionally delectable Sasami Katsu, or better known as Chicken Tenderloin cutlets.
The difference of this particular chicken cutlet is the batter is really, really thin, it’s practically not there. As it focuses more on the meat than the breading, this Sasami Katsu is not dry, but super juicy. Folks who are watching their weight will be happy to know this.
To add more depth to the experience, add the special salt provided in the restaurant.
Imakatsu Ginza-ten is located at 4-13-18, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 1F. Hours: 11:30-16:00, 18:00-23:00, Mondays to Fridays. Credit cards accepted: VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners. Price Range: Lunch￥1,000-￥1,999, Dinner￥2,000-￥2,999
3. Menya Hyottoko
Menya Hyottoko is a small ramen shop which serves Wafu Ramen. Wafu ramen uses a chicken and fish bone based soup. Upon entering the restaurant, you'll instantly smell the goodness of the cooking broth. Mmmm! Topped with chasu pork, bamboo shoots and spring onions, enjoy the mouthwatering sensation of Menya Hyottoko’s wafu ramen! Happy eating!
Menya Hyottoko is located at 2-10-1, Yurakucho Chiyoda-ku Tokyo, Tokyo Koutsu Kaikan B1F. Hours: 11:00-14:30, 15:30-20:00, Mondays to Fridays. 11:00-14:30, 15:30-19:00 on Saturdays. Closed on Sundays. Cash only. Price Range: Lunch -￥999, Dinner -￥999
4. Binchou Ginza
If you have never tried Hitsumabushi, you should! Hitsumabushi is chopped eel cooked over charcoal, served with a tasty soy-flavored secret sauce on top of the white rice. What makes Binchou’s eel unique is the crispy texture of the skin.
Hitsumabushi is a traditional food in Japan, and Binchou is one of the best unagi places in Ginza. Only the freshest and highest quality ingredients are used for their Hitsumabushi.
Binchou Ginza-ten is located at 2-2-14, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo Marronnier Gate 12F. Hours: 11:00-15:30, 17:00-23:00. Open daily. Credit cards accepted: VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners. Price Range: Lunch￥3,000-￥3,999, Dinner￥3,000-￥3,999
Maizakura is an Izakaya restaurant which serves an outstanding array of fresh seafood.
Maizakura's specialty is fresh sashimi with a little bit of wasabi and soy - the combination of the three is divine. Pair it with a good sake and you’ll go straight to paradise.
Don’t forget to try their zousui, a porridge with vegetables which is a big hit with the locals.
Maizakura is located at 1-5-10, Ginza Chuo-ku Tokyo, Ginza First Five Building 6F. Hours: 11:30-15:00, 17:00-23:30, Mondays-Thursdays and Saturdays. 11:30-15:00, 17:00-2:00am, Fridays. Closed on Sundays. Credit cards accepted: VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners. Price Range: Lunch￥1,000-￥1,999, Dinner￥5,000-￥5,999
6. Kyoukasuzuke Uokyu
Uokyu is a well-known restaurant that serves Kasuzuke, a traditional way of preparing fish by pickling them in sake. You should try their Gindara, or black cod, which is a local favorite. Uokyo also offer delicious and healthy set meals at ￥1,300 that would surely satisfy your palette and hunger.
Kyoukasuzuke Uokyu is located at 3-10-15, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Tougin 2 Building 2F. Hours: 11:00-14:00, Mondays to Fridays. Closed weekends and holidays, and the first three days of the New Year. Cash only. Price Range: ￥1,000-￥1,999
7. Ushiya Ginbe
Ushiya Ginbe is one of the local favorites when it comes to yakiniku. One of the best sellers is the sirloin. Thinly sliced beef should not stay on the grill for too long to be able to fully taste the beef. The original wasabi based sauce brings out the flavors wonderfully.
One must definitely try their thick beef tongue and Daisen chicken broiled with salt.
Ushiya Ginbe is located at 7-2-8, Ginza Chuo-ku Tokyo, Touken Building 2F. Hours: 17:00-midnight, Mondays-Fridays. Closed weekends. Credit cards accepted: VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners Price Range: Dinner￥5,000-￥5,999
With 90 years of experience, Bairin will surely blow your mind when it comes to their best seller. The Kurobota Special Katsudon is a must-try. Imagine a piece of lightly-battered, juicy tender pork loin on top of a bed of white rice, and a soft boiled egg. Paired with their tasty house sauce, every bite of the Kurobota pork screams perfection.
Bairin also serves a mean tonkatsu that you should also try.
Bairin is located at 7-8-1, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo Shibuya Building 1F. Hours: 11:30-21:00, Mondays to Sundays. Cash only. Price Range: Lunch￥1,000-￥1,999, Dinner￥2,000-￥2,999
9. Mugi to Olive
Mugi to Olive serves Hamaguri Soba, which is one of the most beautiful dishes I've ever seen. Chicken Chasu, seaweed yam, hard clams from Kunawa and the soy based soup are the ingredients that makes this beautiful dish come together in perfect harmony. It's the best Hamaguri Soba in Tokyo!
Mugi to Olive is located at 6-12-12, Ginza Chuo-ku Tokyo, Ginza Stella Building 1F. Hours: 11:30-22:00. Saturdays and holidays, 11:30-21:00. Closed on Sundays. Cash only. Price Range: Lunch -￥999, Dinner -￥999
Tsukemen are noodles accompanied by soup for dipping, and Oborozuki serves the best tsukemen in the district. The noodles are cooked al dente, with chashu pork and fresh vegetables on top of the seafood based soup, it’s easy to understand why this place is always packed.
With only 7 counter seats, there is actually a line when it comes to their phenomenal Noukou Tsukemen (￥800).
Oborozuki is located at 6-3-5, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo. Hours: 11:30-15:30, 17:30-22:00, Mondays to Fridays, holidays. 11:30-15:30, 17:00-21:00, Saturdays. Closed on Sundays. Cash only. Price Range: Lunch -￥999, Dinner - ￥999
Owada has been serving Unaju, one of the simplest and most loved Japanese dishes - broiled eel on rice inside a lacquered box - for over a hundred years. Owada is well-known for their Unaju, because of their slightly sweet secret house sauce, and because their eels are the freshest, and they cook it with a special broiling technique made perfect in those hundred years. And freshness is very important in Unaju, because the simplicity of the dish means there’s nothing more to taste than the eel and the rice.
That is why although the sets are pricey, the customers keep coming back for more.
Owada Ginza Corridor-ten is located at 7-2, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo point Ginza corridor 1F. Hours: 11:00-14:30, 17:00-23:00, Mondays to Saturdays. Closed on Sundays and holidays. Credit cards accepted: JCB, AMEX. Price Range: Lunch￥1,000-￥1,999, Dinner￥6,000-￥7,999
If you like grilled chicken, then you will surely love Torikou.
Torikou serves up one of the best yakitori menus in Ginza. The super tender and juicy chicken meat is grilled to perfection.
They also serve "lebar" which is chicken liver and sasami, which is fried chicken tenderloin cutlet. Both of these are also exceptionally good in this establishment.
Torikou Ginza Restaurant is located at 6-3-11, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo Nishi Ginza building 5F. Hours: 17:00-23:30, Mondays-Saturdays. Closed on Sundays. Credit cards accepted. Price Range: Dinner￥6,000-￥7,999
Shoutaien has a wide array of choices to pick for your yakiniku adventure: beef tongue, beef belly, karubi, wagyu beef and many more! It may be a chain restaurant, but Shoutaien is very well-managed and lives up to its name for being the best yakiniku place in Ginza.
With its modern and hip decorations instead of the traditional yakiniku atmosphere, this place attracts a lot of young patrons, which explains the late hours.
Ginza Shoutaien is located at 5-9-5, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo cheer Ginza 9F. Hours: 17:00-4:00am, Mondays to Fridays. 17:00-midnght on weekends and holidays. Credit cards accepted: JCB, AMEX, VISA. Price Range: Dinner￥6,000-￥7,999
If you like yakitori and wine, then Takechan is the place to be. It’s rather a strange combination, these two, but they make it work at Takechan. It's a good place to relax as they have an extensive collection of wine.
Also try the liver and tsukune (chicken meatloaf).
Takechan is located at 4-8-13, Ginza Chuo-ku Tokyo, Ginza Kaniboku Kaikan 1F. Hours: 17:00-21:30, Mondays to Saturdays. Closed Sundays and holidays. Cash only. Price Range: Dinner ￥3,000 - ￥3,999
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