On a whim, I went to Tokyo for per week. My pals and I had been speaking a few food-themed journey to town for years, and after convincing them that now was the time to money in all our miles, we discovered ourselves on the airport on a chilly November day with one objective: to eat as a lot as humanly attainable.
Like me, they’d been to Tokyo earlier than and every had an inventory of locations to eat at. Together with our mixed lists, I had acquired recommendations from pals, readers, and one in all my favourite foodies, Mark Weins of Migrationology.
Even consuming 4 to 6 meals a day, I used to be barely in a position to scratch the floor of the record of suggestions. Nonetheless, I needed to share the mixed recommendations of the neighborhood and my very own investigations with you. (These I ate at are denoted by a star.)
Afuri Yebisu (1 Chome-1-7 Ebisu, 117 Bldg. 1F, Shibuya 150-0013, +81 Three-5795-0750, afuri.com) – Tom (@tjdj311 on Instagram) advisable this for yuzu-flavored ramen.
*Bifteck Kawamura Ginza (6 Chome-5-1 Ginza, Ginza MST Bldg. 8F, Chuo, 104-0061, +81 Three-6252-5011, bifteck.co.jp) – On the suggestion of our resort’s concierge, we went there in our quest for Wagyu beef. The steak principally melted in my mouth and exploded with taste. Nevertheless, I don’t suppose I’d return, as I discovered it a bit too high-end and overpriced for me. The décor is unbelievable, the service excessive, and the wine record world-class — however all that’s greater than I wanted. That mentioned, if you wish to spend cash on scrumptious steak with out-of-this-world service, you may’t go incorrect right here.
BrewDog Roppongi (5 Chome-Three-2 Roppongi, Minato, 106-0032, +81 Three-6447-4160, brewdogbar.jp) – Really useful by Matt Chandler (@mchandler07 on Twitter), this bar has 20 craft beers on faucet, 10 of that are brewed on website. So when you’re bored with sake and wish some fancy beer, you in all probability can’t go incorrect right here!
CoCo Ichibanya (1 Chome-2-12 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, 160-0023, +81 Three-3345-0775) – Really useful by Char (@charmatcha on Twitter), this ramen restaurant is meant to supply hearty and filling ramen in addition to good rooster and pork curry in a quick service setting. I haven’t been right here, however I’ve been to comparable locations up to now.
*Genki Sushi (24-Eight Udagawacho, Shibuya, 150-0042, +81 Three-3461-1281, genkisushi.co.jp) – Yummy sushi, advisable by Jeremiah Cooper (@jeremiahcooperphotography on Instagram). There wasn’t something fancy concerning the place — it simply had stable, satisfying sushi. Very attentive service too!
Ginza Kagari (Four Chome-1-2 Ginza, Chuo, 104-0061, +81 Three-3561-0717) – Bethany (@bjbitler on Instagram) suggests coming right here for unbelievable rooster broth ramen.
*Ginza Sushi-Dokoro Shin (7 Chome-12-Four Ginza, Method Honest Bldg. 1F, Chuo, 104-0061, +03-3543-9339) – A spectacular sushi spot in Ginza. It was among the best I ate at. The parts are big. Go for lunch, if you get extra bang in your buck. And undoubtedly get the uni — yummy! (Urged by Mark Weins)
*Ichiran Shibuya (1 Chome-22-7 Jinnan, Shibuya, 150-0041, +81 Three-3463-3667, en.ichiran.com/index.php) – Really useful by many individuals, this ramen spot served among the best meals I had my whole journey. The thick, flavorful broth is to die for. I additionally like the way you eat in your individual little personal sales space. Funky. Anticipate a wait throughout peak lunch and dinner occasions.
*Isakaya Juban (2 Chome-1-2 Azabujuban, Minato, 106-0045, +81 Three-3451-6873, izakayajuban.com) – Just a little hole-in-the-wall izakaya restaurant (suppose Japanese tapas) with locals getting drunk on sake and consuming tasty small plates. I used to be massive fan of their salmon and grilled squid. They’ve a small English menu, however judging how my good friend ordered for me, I believe it doesn’t record the whole lot, so when you see one thing, level at it and get it!
JBS Bar (Jazz, Blues, Soul) (1 Chome-17-10 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, 150-0043, +81 Three-3461-7788) – A cool bar (advisable by Anna Klebine on Fb) that’s principally a one-man store crammed with information, whiskey, and smoke. It’s tucked away on the second degree of an workplace/purchasing plaza.
*Kakimaru (6 Chome-1-6 Roppongi, Minato, 106-0032, +81-Three-5413-3689) – Whereas catching up with my good friend, we discovered this superior place. There was an older couple subsequent to us and a marriage occasion getting drunk throughout from us. Because the evening went on, the couple helped us choose meals (strive the speciality crab dish, it’s served within the shell and to die for), and the marriage occasion saved asking how we beloved Japan and refilling our sake glasses, sang songs, and talked baseball. It was a tremendous expertise. The meals can also be excellent. Remember to get the oysters. Be aware: Whereas Google Maps will record the restaurant as Kakimaru, if you go there the restaurant might be referred to as Uohama.
Kanda Matsuya (1 Chome-13 Kanda Sudacho, Chiyoda, 101-0041, +81 Three-3251-1556, kanda-matsuya.jp) – Bethany (@bjbitler on Instagram) additionally advisable this for genuine soba noodle dishes.
*Kyubey (Eight Chome-7-6 Ginza, Chuo, 104-0061, +81 Three-3571-6523) – Urged by my pals, this restaurant (which has a few places) supplied the fanciest sushi I had in Tokyo. You sit on the bar and are served regardless of the chef decides to deliver (that is referred to as omakase). It was costly (at $150 USD) however price each penny. Take a look at this video the place the shrimp they served me continues to be shifting.
Masaru (1 Chome-32-2 Asakusa, Taito, 111-0032, +81 Three-3841-8356) – Daina (@headedanywhere on Instagram) advisable this as a wonderful possibility for tempura dishes.
*Reminiscence Lane (Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, +81 Three-3342-1589, shinjuku-omoide.com) – On this tiny alley of yakitori joints, some require an entrance payment, however they’re all price it. I ate at about three of them, however I don’t keep in mind any of the particular restaurant names.
Mutekiya (1 Chome-17-1, Minami Ikebukuro, 1F Sakimoto Bldg., Toshima 171-0022, +81 Three-3982-7656, mutekiya.com) – Carly Sabo (@carly_sabo on Instagram) advisable this spot for its superb ramen. Honmarumen is its hottest dish.
Narisawa (2 Chome-6-15 Minami Aoyama, Minato, 107-0062, +81 Three-5785-0799, narisawa-yoshihiro.com) – One of many highest rated sushi eating places in Tokyo. This was recommended to me by many individuals and, very sadly, I didn’t make it right here however you in all probability ought to! I doubt it’s low-cost although!
*Ostrea Oyster Bar and Restaurant (Eight Chome-9-15 Ginza, 8F Jewelboxginza, Chuo, 104-0061, +81 Three-3573-0711, ostrea.jp) – I discovered this whereas wandering Ginza, and being an oyster lover, went in for some big oysters. Japanese oysters are massive and meaty, and those right here have been no totally different. In addition they lacked a really briny, oceany style to them (I desire my oysters to be extra candy than salty). The restaurant doesn’t get too busy, so that you received’t have a wait.
Robotic Restaurant (1 Chrome-7-1 Kabukicho B2f, Shinjuku, 160-0021, +81 Three-3200-5500, shinjuku-robot.com) – There are a variety of bizarre eating places in Tokyo, and I used to be unhappy I didn’t get to this one. Dinner comes with a present that includes robots, lasers, monsters, and dancers. It was advisable by nearly everybody.
Rokurinsha (1 Chome-9-1 Marunouchi, Tokyo Station Ichibangai B1F, Chiyoda, 100-0005, +81 Three-3286-0166, rokurinsha.com) – Positioned on Tokyo Station’s “ramen street,” this tasty ramen restaurant is well to identify: it has the longest line. I didn’t eat right here as I didn’t wish to wait; I went to at least one additional down the “street” and it wasn’t tremendous good. I imply it wasn’t unhealthy, but it surely made me want I had waited right here!
Shin Udon (2 Chome-20-16 Yoyogi, 1F Soma Bldg., Shibuya, 151-0053, +81 Three-6276-7816, udonshin.com) – Really useful by Macaera (@macaera on Twitter), that is purported to be nice for tasty udon noodles at an reasonably priced worth.
Sometaro Okonomiyaki (2 Chome-2-2 Nishiasakusa, Taito, 111-0035, +81 Three-3844-9502) – Housed inside an vintage constructing, it’s well-known for its okonomiyaki (a Japanese savory pancake). Really useful by Mark Wiens.
*Standing Sushi Bar (1 Chome-12-12 Nishishinjuku, Kasai Bldg. 1F, Shinjuku, 160-0023, +81 Three-3349-1739, uogashi-nihonichi.com) – Really useful by my different meals guru Jodi, this standing sushi location is one in all many on the town. It’s nice for a fast chew: you stand, eat sushi, and get out. It has a strong menu, so you will get something you need, and a meal right here will solely set you again round 1,000 yen ($9 USD).
Sushi Yuu (1 Chome-Four-15 Nishiazabu, Minato, 106-0031, +81 Three-3403-6467, sushiyuu.com) – Lauren Michelle Stow (@lstoweaway on Instagram) raved, “Sushi Yuu was presumably the perfect culinary expertise I’ve ever had. Costly, however price it. Make a reservation and ask to sit down on the bar. Shimazaki-san makes the meal extraordinarily private and solutions all of your fish-related questions.”
*Sushi Zanmai (11 Chome-9-Four Tsukiji, Chuo, 104-0045, +03-3541-1117) – This sushi restaurant has places over town. I ended up consuming on the one within the fish market on one in all my final days there. The fish was contemporary, the servings have been giant, and the employees was attentive. I can’t converse for the opposite places, however this one will get very crowded round lunchtime (anticipate a 30-minute wait).
*Tenmatsu Tempura (1 Chome-Eight-2 Nihonbashimuromachi, Chuo, 103-0022, +81 Three-3241-5840, tenmatsu.com/english.html) – The tempura right here is well-known for its lightness. It’s a small institution with set tempura menus. The employees doesn’t converse nice English (the clientele was principally Japanese businessmen), however they have been tremendous pleasant and accommodating, and the meals is excellent.
Tonkatsu Maisen Aoyama Honten (Four Chome-Eight-5 Jingumae, Shibuya, 150-0001, +81 120-428-485, mai-sen.com/restaurant) – A legendary tonkatsu place. Allyson (@wanderwithheart on Instagram) advisable this one.
Tonkatsu Tonki (1 Chome-1-2 Shimomeguro, Meguro, 153-0064, +81 Three-3491-9928) – Really useful by Kimberly Ann (@kimberly_ann113 on Instagram), this restaurant makes a speciality of pork tonkatsu.
Tonkatsu Wako (1 Chome-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, 100-0005, +81 Three-3214-6987, wako-group.co.jp/store/element/3147) – This restaurant apparently makes the perfect tonkatsu on the town. Megan (@megameg71 on Instagram) recommended it; put her suggestion to the take a look at.
*Tsukiji Fish Market (5 Chome-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo, 104-0045, +81 Three-3542-1111, tsukiji-market.or.jp) – This world-famous fish market, whose public sale powers a lot of the world’s sushi provide, is actually breathtaking. You’ll be able to’t get in earlier than 10am nowadays, and if you do, many of the distributors are already breaking down, but it surely’s lovely to stroll by. Throughout you might be fish with colours and shapes you didn’t know existed. I’ve by no means had seen extra seafood I couldn’t establish. Many of the eating places close by supply their meals proper from the market. Some must-eats in and across the market:
- *Nakaya (5 Chome-2-1 Tsukiji, Tsukiji Ichiba Jonai Eight, Chuo 104-0045, +81 Three-3541-0211, tsukijigourmet.or.jp/46_nakaya/index.htm) – Positioned within the Fish Market itself, it’s an incredible place to go for a sashimi rice bowl breakfast. I beloved the uni salmon bowl. (One other Migrationology suggestion)
- Sushi Dai (5 Chome-2-1 Tsukiji, Tsukiji Fish Market sixth Bldg., Chuo, 104-0045, +81 Three-3547-6797, tsukiji-sushidai.com/store/honkan.html) – As it’s the most well-known sushi spot out there, folks line up at 4am for when it opens, and wait occasions can last as long as three hours. I hear it’s good, however frankly, in a metropolis with a lot good fish, I wouldn’t wait three hours for a meal.
- *Sushi restaurant with no English identify – Probably the greatest worth meals I had the entire journey, it included a scrumptious 15-piece sushi lunch (1,200 yen, or $10.76 USD), with big cuts of fish and a tasty miso soup. The restaurant is small, so attempt to keep away from peak consuming occasions. There’s no actual good signage, but it surely’s the one restaurant-looking place on the road. (One other Migrationology suggestion)
- *Tsjukiki Dontaku (5 Chome-2-1 Tsukiji, Bldg. No. 6, Chuo, 104-0045, +81 Three-3541-9408) – Just a few doorways down from Sushi Dai, this restaurant has an incredible omakase (although barely costly at 2,500 yen ($22.40 USD)), however the service and fish have been impeccable — the uni and mackerel have been a number of the finest I had all week. And there’s hardly a wait.
Tsuta Japanese Soba Noodles (1 Chome-14-1 Sugamo, Toshima, 170-0002, +81 Three-3943-1007, ameblo.jp/yuki-onishi) – One other suggestion from Tom (@tjdj311 on Instagram); it has a Michelin star so the noodles are in all probability fairly out of this world. In addition they use truffle-infused ramen oil.
Yakitori Ton Ton (2 Chome-1-10 Yurakucho, Chiyoda, 100-0006, +81 Three-3508-9454) – This tiny stall close to the railroad in Yurakucho makes a speciality of skewered pork and rooster. Urged by Mark Wiens.
So the subsequent time you end up in Tokyo, you received’t be in need of meals choices! Half the enjoyable of journey is attempting one thing new. (If it’s someplace I didn’t make it to, let me understand how it’s!)
Because of everybody who gave me suggestions. And particular due to Mark for being my Tokyo meals ninja. You’ll be able to examine his weblog for extra posts on Tokyo and meals normally.