TOKYO DINING OUT

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Restaurants in Tokyo for Foodie Visitors

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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…

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…

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…

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, …

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 …

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 …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 …

Endo-Risaburou

Stylish French bistro located deep in Shibuya, pretty quiet surrounding. A variety of wines are listed, reasonably priced. Good service, good food. Well balanced overall. Appropriate for a date (or busiess) dinner. Good option to have for …

CLINTON ST. BAKING COMPANY & RESTAURANT

Photos from Tabelog Originally started in NY and came to Tokyo in 2013. American style pancake was a huge trend back then and is still popular. Nothing's overly surprising here and yet sophisticated and a good place for relaxed weekend mea…

SAVOY

Quality Napoli-style pizza restaurant that has some other branches in/outside Tokyo. This branch may be most accessible especially for visitors as it's located in the Roppongi/Azabu-Juban area where you'd probably hang out once during your…

L'antica Pizzeria da Michele

Photo: http://www.damichele.jp/tokyo/ Lively Italian restaurant located near Ebisu station. The size of their pizza (MARGHERITA and MARINARA) is huge, and it's definitely cheap, considering its quality. A good option for eating pizza in Eb…

LAMB MEAT TENDER

Photo: Facebook Photo: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1310/A131003/13185240/ Named after "Love me tender", sort of funny if you think about it. Great lamb is served here (beef & pork too). Lunch is exceptionally reasonable considering its qual…

TENDAN

Photos: http://www.tendan.co.jp/ Yakiniku restaurant from Kyoto. Only 2 branches available in Tokyo as of 2016. They do a very good job making private spaces in the restaurants so that you can relax and enjoy your meal without caring about…

Kuumba du Falafel

Photos from website Awesome Falafel, lots of fresh vegetables. Makes you feel healthy. The only downside is that it's far from Shibuya station. But that gets you to walk, making you even healthier as a result. A good option for a healthy l…

HAINAN JEEFAN SHOKUDO

Photo: http://www.route9g.com/ Well known Singaporean reastaurant in Tokyo, 2 branches available now. What's awesome here is Chicken Rice. It's just so good. I've been to Singapore twice and been to some restaurants known for chicken rice,…

KNOCK CUCINA BUONA ITALIANA

Photo: http://mother-restaurants.com/ Pasta's very good here, 3 branches available in Tokyo now. Other dishes are also good but probably best to come for lunch. Reasonably priced, stylish interior, good serivice. LIke it a lot. My rating: …

Naminoue

Photos: http://rashiku.biz/naminoue/ Japanese cuisine restaurant, located in the quiet street. "Hidden" feel to it. Opened recently, so relatively easy to make a reservation for the time being. Can probably pop up without it if 10:00pm or …

Salmon&Trout

Very interesting French restaurant, particularly its name! Refreshing combinations of ingredients, texture, and scent. Fun to experience each dish, although not everything tastes great. It seems like they want to be on the offense in terms…

Anko

Japanese so-called "Izakaya", quality seafood and chicken dishes. Traditional Japanese-style interior, small but comfortable space. Located in the deep Shibuya, a bit far from the station. Various kinds of Japanese Shochu and Sake to go wi…

BUY ME STAND

Such an Interesting cafe, being so foreign in terms of the food, interior, boutieque space and non-Japanese customers. Worth a visit just for their hot sandwiches. Not cheap but filling enough for lunch. My rating: 4.5 BUY ME STANDWebsite …

Itasoba Kaoriya

My favorite Soba restaurant in the Ebisu area. Open till late. Good for a drink too. Pretty small inside so always crowded. May need to wait outside for a while if you go without a reservation. A perfect place to come for a closing soba fo…

Reg-On Diner

Photo above from Tabelog Quality American-style diner type of hamburger restaurant, located far from any station. But their hamburgers and deep fried chicken are really good. It's definitely worth the walk. A perferct lunch place for a sun…

CRAFTALE

Modern French restaurant by the Meguro river, which turns full of cherry blossoms in early April. Great location for enjoying them. The course dish only. Lunch is available on weekends. Advanced combinations of ingredients, beautifully pre…

Hot Spoon

I know that the exterior features of this restaurant may give an impression that it could be a so-so quality chain restaurant and that's totally their fault, but actually the taste is unexpectedly good. Particularly the beef curry. I often…

Ginza Hirayama

They seem quite serious about beef, seeing how they handle a chunk of beef at the special grill in the kitchen. The meat gets meticulously done according to your liking. Quality guaranteed. Nice counter seats and a private room. Can be a g…

Kyudaime Keisuke

Sophisticated Soy-sauce-based, duck-stock-soup Ramen. The taste is pretty simple but is nicely kicked up with duck stock and grease. And actually their rice (grilled duck meat on top) dishes are more impressive. Should try them with a rame…

Agetsuki

Well known high quality Tonkatsu restaurant in the area. LIke it a lot. The only downside is that it literally takes 30-40 minutes to be served after your order gets placed. So you need to be patient inside the restaurant as well as outsid…

HATOS BAR

Love BBQ Ribs here. THE best ribs dish I've ever had in Japan in terms of being pretty close to authentic American-style smoky BBQ ribs. I'm not a fan of mac & cheese so make no comments about it, but their corn bread is great too. The rib…

KyobashiMatsuwa

There's only one menu for lunch - Deep-fried fish (horse mackerel) combo. Hot and crunchy outside and so fluffy inside. Definitely worth a shot. It gets pretty crowded during lunch time so make sure to get there 10-20 minutes before they a…

Mikasa

This could be the best Yakisoba place throughout the country. They have two kinds of flavors - #1) sweet&sour sauce, and #2) salt and lemon - I personally like #2 much better and it's my favorite Yakisoba in life! One reservation would be …

PoturaPotura

Excellent place to have Japanese Sake and small dishes to go with it. Bar-like conter seats. Can definitely be used for a date dinner, a great second-place-of-the-day option. A bit far from Shibuya station but you can still walk here. Good…

Ban-chou

Meticulously cooked Yakitori. Everything on menu is rather good. A bit pricy due to its location but should still make you feel pretty good overall. Nice counter seats. Far from any stations around here but it's worth a walk. My rating: 4.…

MEAT MAN

Recommended place in the Roppongi area to eat meats at a reasonable pricing. Fun place to be. Lots of tasty meat dishes. Feel pretty comfortable with the cost/quality balance, not many restaurants in Roppongi are as good within this price …

Nodaiwa

Opened over 200 years ago, traditional Unagi restaurant. Quality guaranteed. Impressive how carefuly their Unagi is cooked. Super tender and moist. Sause on Unagi is relatively subtle so you might want to add it later. Sophisticated taste …

MERCER CAFE Series

MERCER CAFE EBISU MERCER CAFE TERRACE HOUSE1-26-16 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 4th floor, 5-50-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 03-3446-1551 03-5467-2551 18:00-28:00 11:30-17:00, 17:00-24:00 MERCER CAFE DANRO MERCER BRUNCH1-16-12 Ebisuminami, Sh…

DEVIL CRAFT

Could be the ONLY pizza place that serves authentic Chicago style pizza in Tokyo, 3 branches available now. Pretty popular among non-Japanese (American) residents in Tokyo for their pizza. They also have a long list of different craft beer…

K‐Julep

Photos from website My favorite bar in Roppongi, located just across the road of Tokyo Midtown. Super easy access. Small but cozy space. Serves extraordinary Tonkatsu sandwich (so-called "Katsu-sand") and I love it. Drinks are good too, bu…