On a whim, I went to Tokyo for every week. My mates and I had been speaking a few food-themed journey to town for years, and after convincing them that now was the time to cash in all our miles, we discovered ourselves on the airport on a chilly November day with one aim: 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 obtained ideas from mates, readers, and considered one of 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 checklist of suggestions. Nonetheless, I needed to share the mixed ideas of the community and my very own investigations with you. (These I ate at are denoted by a star.)
*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 mainly melted in my mouth and exploded with taste. Nonetheless, I don’t assume 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 checklist world-class — however all that’s greater than I wanted. That stated, if you wish to spend cash on scrumptious steak with out-of-this-world service, you may’t go improper 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 in the event you’re uninterested in sake and need some fancy beer, you in all probability can’t go improper 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 surroundings. I haven’t been right here, however I’ve been to related locations previously.
*Genki Sushi (24-Eight Udagawacho, Shibuya, 150-0042, +81 Three-3461-1281, genkisushi.co.jp) – Yummy sushi, really helpful by Jeremiah Cooper (@jeremiahcooperphotography on Instagram). There wasn’t something fancy in regards to 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 finest I ate at. The parts are big. Go for lunch, once you get extra bang on your buck. And positively get the uni — yummy! (Instructed 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 finest 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 non-public sales space. Funky. Count on a wait throughout peak lunch and dinner occasions.
*Isakaya Juban (2 Chome-1-2 Azabujuban, Minato, 106-0045, +81 Three-3451-6873, izakayajuban.com) – A little bit hole-in-the-wall izakaya restaurant (assume 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 buddy ordered for me, I feel it doesn’t checklist all the pieces, so in the event 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 (really helpful by Anna Klebine on Fb) that’s mainly a one-man store stuffed 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 buddy, we discovered this superior place. There was an older couple subsequent to us and a marriage occasion getting drunk throughout from us. Because the night time 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 an incredible expertise. The meals can also be excellent. Remember to get the oysters. Observe: Whereas Google Maps will checklist the restaurant as Kakimaru, once you go there the restaurant will likely be known as Uohama.
*Kyubey (Eight Chome-7-6 Ginza, Chuo, 104-0061, +81 Three-3571-6523) – Instructed by my mates, this restaurant (which has a few places) provided the fanciest sushi I had in Tokyo. You sit on the bar and are served regardless of the chef decides to deliver (that is known as omakase). It was costly (at $150 USD) however value each penny. Check out this video where the shrimp they served me is still moving.
Masaru (1 Chome-32-2 Asakusa, Taito, 111-0032, +81 Three-3841-8356) – Daina (@headedanywhere on Instagram) really helpful this as a superb 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 value it. I ate at about three of them, however I don’t bear 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) really helpful this spot for its wonderful 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 prompt 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 large oysters. Japanese oysters are massive and meaty, and those right here have been no completely different. Additionally they lacked a really briny, oceany style to them (I favor 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 number 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 really helpful 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 highway,” 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 “highway” and it wasn’t tremendous good. I imply it wasn’t unhealthy, however it 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 presupposed 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 considered one of many on the town. It’s nice for a fast chunk: you stand, eat sushi, and get out. It has a sturdy menu, so you may 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 probably the perfect culinary expertise I’ve ever had. Costly, however value it. Make a reservation and ask to take a seat 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 considered one of my final days there. The fish was contemporary, the servings have been massive, and the workers was attentive. I can’t communicate for the opposite places, however this one will get very crowded round lunchtime (count on 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 workers doesn’t communicate nice English (the clientele was largely 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) really helpful 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 focuses on pork tonkatsu.
Tonkatsu Wako (1 Chome-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, 100-0005, +81 Three-3214-6987, wako-group.co.jp/shop/detail/3147) – This restaurant seemingly makes the perfect tonkatsu on the town. Megan (@megameg71 on Instagram) prompt it; put her suggestion to the check.
*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 really breathtaking. You possibly can’t get in earlier than 10am as of late, and once you do, many of the distributors are already breaking down, however it’s lovely to stroll via. Throughout you’re fish with colours and shapes you didn’t know existed. I’ve by no means had seen extra seafood I couldn’t determine. 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/shop/honkan.html) – As it’s the most well-known sushi spot available in the market, individuals 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 title – 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, however it’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) – A number of 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 greatest 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. Additionally 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 focuses on skewered pork and rooster. Instructed by Mark Wiens.
***Whereas I can’t vouch for each suggestion on this checklist, I by no means ate a horrible meal in Tokyo (though there have been some “meh” eating places that didn’t make the checklist). I believe that it’s exhausting to eat a nasty meal in Tokyo, the place even the worst factor is ten occasions higher than what you discover again dwelling!
So the following time you end up in Tokyo, you received’t be wanting 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 possibly can test his blog for extra posts on Tokyo and meals generally.