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Restaurants in Tokyo for Foodie Visitors

Curry Rice Dylan

Both super healthy and flavorful curry. Located in an area you'd go just for this restaurant, a pretty tiny place (only 14 seats available), and is usually packed with customers. Besides chicken curry, there's beans/seasonal vegetable curr…

Shiokan

Sophisticated salt-based-soup Ramen in Ebisu, a bit of a walk from the station but it's worth the walk. I personally like it here more than AFURI, which is highly rated by those who like salt-based-soup Ramen. Simple and straightforward, a…

Masakichi

A great Yakitori restaurant, very affordable and yet superb quality. Listed in the Bib Gourmand of the Michelin Guide. Felt this place is definitely worth it. Popular for their chicken-stock soy-sauce-based Ramen, too. I was a lot more imp…

Shichijo

A nice little restaurant that is popular for its deep-fried, bread-crumbs-coated shrimp and fish dishes. The beef meat ball and curry dishes also seem pretty popular. The shrimp is particularly good and it's definitely worth a try. My rati…

Shokusai Kadota

Photo credit: Kaukau Hawaii (Tabelog) An awesome restaurant for grilled fish dishes. Lunch is very affordable and yet the quality is exceptionally good. Go there for lunch first and see if you get impressed. Make sure to get there 11:30, b…

La Piccola Tavola

A very well-known Napoli-style pizzeria, seemingly loved by many locals. Looking at the score in Tabelog, honestly I felt it's a bit overratet, but I guess the score shows how much the locals love this restaurant. Good service and atmosphe…

Kanda Katsumoto

Photo credit: Tabelog Great soy-sauce based, "Niboshi"-fish soup stock Ramen (popular for its "Tsukemen"-style Ramen) that comes with two different types of noodles to dip and eat. I personally like the thicker noodles, but the other one i…

UMAMI BURGER

Photo credit: website Came from the US, opened its first branch in Japan on March 24, 2017. Located in the Omotesando area, which is always filled with people walking down the nice streets on weekends. They serve very flavorful hamburgers,…

Kirin

A solid, hidden Yakitori restaurant, close from Ebisu station. The quality of chicken is very good and every Yakitori dish is finely done and yet affordably priced. Well-balanced overall. Date-like atmosphere, particularly the counter seat…

THE CITY BAKERY

Came from from NY, now running 4 branches in the Tokyo area. Personally like this bakery a lot, particularly their "French toast" (we call it that way in Japan though I'm pretty sure French people don't eat it or see it as "French", haha) …

CENTRE THE BAKERY

Photo: ろってぃ Photo: うどんが主食 Photo: うどんが主食 Photo: マミ姉 Photo: 玉かずら Photo: *あんこ* An extraordinary bakery for the bread called "Shokupan" for to-go, which is basically a plain bread you often use for sandwiches or havin…

Tankiyo

An awesome restaurant to eat grilled cow's tongue -- I understand that in most cultures people don't usually eat any animal's tongue, but we Japanese people do eat it and in fact like it a lot. It actually is very tasteful and got a nice, …

KitakataShokudo

Very sophisticated fish-sotck, soy-sause based Ramen -- my kind of Ramen for sure. The combo menu comes with a MaguroDon (Tuna Donburi) which is as good as something you'd never expect to get at a Ramen restaurant. I'd strongly recommend a…

BON GOUT HAMBURG

Photos: Tabelog It's a casual restaurant for quality pork hamburger (meat ball) and "bio wine" made from biodynamic agriculture. I'm not into wine so not sure how bio wine appeals to wine people, but their pork meat balls are very good. Th…

Au Coin du Feu

Photos above: website A casual French bistro, not yet well known, so very easy to make a reservation, besically anytime you want. But the food here is actually very solid, feeling like it's better than some of the very famous French restau…

Shioshoga-Ramen MANNISH

"Shio" in Japanese means salt and "Shoga" is ginger, so it's a chicken-stock-based Ramen with salt and ginger flavor. Pretty light taste, ginger doesn't stand out too much. You can eat it like a chicken ginger soup, so the flavor may be a …

BISTRO MARX

Photos: Tabelog A two-star restaurant in Paris that came to Ginza, Tokyo in September 2016. Located by the Ginza central crossing, right outside the station. Great location, nice views out the windows, luxurious atmosphere. Feels a bit ove…

Rakki

A unique Chinese restaurant that serves various wine to go with the Chinese dishes. Though they also have beer on the menu, they strongly recommend wine, and they actually serve awesome meat dishes, particularly crispy deep fried pork, whi…

loger cafe

Source: moco_comomo, Tabelog Source: Tabelog Nice, cozy, hidden cafe located very close from the station. Open for lunch anf cafe, serves decent lunch dishes and very good coffee. Good place to use for a casual meeting, colleague lunch, wo…

Gotanda Shinanoya

Source: Tabelog KOKOKO Source: Tabelog ツイストマン Chiken butcher that's been in business for over 60 years. Family owned, small, respectable-shabby building located along the river. The over-80y/o-looking grandma still takes care of its …

Shinasoba-Hasebe

Simple, traditional soy-sause-baesd with fish-stock Ramen, which I can eat every day without getting tired of it. Not the kind of Ramen you get blown away by, but more like a day-to-day food. Best to have after having a few drinks. Located…

Echigoya Sandayu

Source: Tabelog (Lunch combo - Saba) An excellent place in Shibya to have grilled/Sashimi fish at the affordable pricing. Lunch is particularly recommended as you get to choose from a variety of fish list and it comes as a meal (with rice …

Yakiniku-Shibaura Akasaka Bettei

An awesome Yakiniku restaurant I like just as much as Yoroniku -- but this one is much easier to make a reservation for and its location is more convenient. Not sure why it's not yet so popular and I hope it stays that way so that I can ju…

My Top 5 Hamburgers in Tokyo

Here are my top 5 hamburgers available in Tokyo. 1. AS Classics Diner Quality beef, finely balanced with a bunch of different toppings. The Roppongi branch is very convenient to go to. tokyodiningout.hatenablog.jp 2. MUNCH'S BURGER SHACK A…

Burger Mania

Serves well balanced hamburgers and other dishes like steaks and pancakes, nice interior/atmosphere, open on weekends/until late. 3 branches in Tokyo as of March 2017, convenient locations, can be used for a date meal. A nice option to hav…

Tanmen-ShakiShaki

"Tanmen" is a kind of Ramen that is usually salt-based Ramen with stir-fried vegetables on top of the noodles. Healthier than regular ramen and less calories. Girls tend to like Tanmen more than regular Ramen. This Tanmen restaurant serves…

Nikugatou

Source: facebook page A good Yakiniku option in this area. Well balanced, reasonably priced. Quality beef. The portion feels a bit small for me for the pricing and I'd appreciate more sauce on each dish (you'd need to ask for it). Pretty l…

Yakiniku Horumon Dougen

Source: ほねつきかるべ (Tabelog) Located deep in the red-light district in Shibuya, it's a small, shabby Yakiniku restaurant that serves good quality beef at the affordable pricing. Not best for date dinner as you can see, but good for a g…

Shabushabu-kintan

Source: website A stylish Shabu-Shabu restaurant located in Ebisu. Open for lunch and it's affordable, so go for lunch for the first time to see if you like Shabu-Shabu here. For dinner there are a few course dishes (alacarte dishes availa…

Sato-Brian

Source: Tabelog Source: dressing Super famous beef Yakiniku restaurant in Tokyo, as famouns as the legent "Nikuyama" (Too popular to make a reservation now). Probably it gets ranked in top 3 in Tokyo for Yakiniku category. There are two ot…

Top 5 -- My Best Tonkatsu

You might have noticed, I'm a huge fan of Tonkatsu and I'd say Tonkatsu is probably the best wayt to cook and eat pork. Here's the list of my best Tonkatsu ever. #1 Tonkatsu Daimon Aoki (in Daimon & Kamata) tokyodiningout.hatenablog.jp Not…

Inaniwa-udon-to-meshi Kanekohannosuke

Nice combo dish with quality Tendon (Tempura on top of rice) and Udon. You get to choose from a few different combinations and what ever you choose, it's fairly affordable and filling. I'd say this restaurant can be very much liked and pop…

Teuchi-Kamaage-Udon Zen

Well-known for the curry Udon (the photo on top) and it was very good as expected. The other dipping Udon dish wasn't as good (I'd say 4.0 on my scale). I'll only have the curry Udon going forward. A bit of a walk from Harajuku station but…

GONTRAN CHERRIER

Photos: website Owned by a well-known French pastry chef, 4 branches in Tokyo as of February 2017. Each bread has a little twist to it. Unique combinations of ingredients and toppings. Though a bit more expensive than ordinary bakeries, th…

Tonkatsu Aoki no Curry IppeKoppe

This small curry restaurant is run by the well-known Tonkatsu restaurant "Tonkatsu Aoki", so you get to eat pretty much the same quality of Tonkatsu to go with their curry. There's actually the original branch (Kamata branch) next door, so…

WE ARE THE FARM

Photos: Tabelog Lots and lots of vegetables, and....vegetables! Feels alreayd healty once you step in the place. During the lunch time you have all-you-can-eat (vegetables) option for some of the plate dishes. Affordable and filling. Most …

WAG

There are a few different Soba dishes are available and they change the menu pretty often. This time I had the dipping Soba (noodles and soup served separately) with roasted duck meat, and the Soba (noodles in the soup) with roasted fish m…

Yakisoba BAR Celona

It's interesting that they only serve Yakisoba during the lunch time, and it turns into a small bar in the evening. Went for lunch and it was good. I'd recommend you try Yakisoba for lunch first and if you like it, come back for the bar me…

camp express

"camp" is a curry restaurant that has 5 branches in Tokyo (as of January 2017), and this one "camp express" is located inside Shinagawa station (inside the JR ticket gate) so is pretty convenient to go to when using JR Line. Open from earl…

GINZA SATOU

Amazing "Menchi-Katsu" place located in the Ginza area. They also have Menchi-Katsu burger, exclusively sold in this Ginza branch, which turned out to be great! And everything here is pretty affordable. Note that you can't eat in here so i…

MAISON KAYSER

Photos from website Quality bakery that has many branches inside/outside Tokyo. Some of them have a space to sit down and eat. Pretty much all of their breads are good, though not cheap. Recommend you try at least a few for the first time.…

Udagawa

Well known, traditional Tonkatsu restaurant that has a long history. Interestingly, its Tonkatsu sandwich (to go) is more popular/recognized than its Tonkatsu to eat in there. I also never sat in and had Tonkatsu there, but rather called t…

Nemuro Hanamaru

Photo from website Awesome "quality for cost" balance. Never had Sushi of this quality for 2,000-3,000 JPY price range and you get pretty full. Not yet known by visitors/travelers from overseas so it's not as crowded as Midori but you get …

Agezuki

Quality Tonkatsu (pork cutlet), well-known in this area, usually crowded. They take a long time to deep-fry their pork and you should expect to wait for a good 30 minutes after ordering it. It's very moist, tender, flavorful. Definitely wo…

Kannonzaka Toriko

Photos from Ikyu Pretty decent Yakitori restaurant. Can be used for any occasions as it has a fancy feel to it with some private rooms. A useful option to have in the Ebisu area. Chicken-stock soup dish is also their speciality as well as …

Teppan Bambina

Photos from website A Ushigoro group restaurant in Teppanyaki style. Cheaper than Yakiniku style Ushigoro restaurants but still good. Strongly recommend Sukiyaki here. Good for a date dinner. My rating: 4.5 Teppan BambinaWebsite | Tabelog …

HUGO DESNOYER

Photos by こいのぼり in Tabelog Photo above by chi♪ in Tabelog Rated as "butcher to the best" by New York Times, came to Japan and opend up their first branch in Japan back in November 2015. Lunch menu is still affordable but dinner can ea…

IVY PLACE

Photos from website A nice cafe located in the DAIKANYAMA T-SITE GARDEN. Great atmosphere, refreshing balcony seats. Open from early morning so a good place for breakfast too. It feels especially good in this cafe in early morning. Dinner …

WAKANUI GRILL DINING BAR TOKYO

Photos by sakura007 New Zealand's beef & lamb restaurant located right by Tokyo Tower. Nice tower view at night, even from the balcony seats. Awesome to be out there during the spring and summer. Casual lunch menu is available while dinner…

NEW YORK BAR

Photos above from website Nice hotel bar with an awesome night view, on the 52th floor of Shinjuku Park Tower (Park Hyatt Tokyo), connected to NEW YORK GRILL. This bar was used in the movie Lost in Translation. Jazz concert takes place eve…