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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…

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…

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…

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 …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Eifukucho-Taishouken

One of my best Ramens I've ever had *but* this one is not for everyone, particularly because its noodles come very soft ("over-cooked" for many people). For some reason a lot of Ramen lovers in Japan tend to like *under-cooked* noodles tha…

Maruka

One of the greatest Udon restaurants in Tokyo. Absolutely great, but just so crowded all the time. Must expect to wait in the line for over 30 minutes unless you get there 1 hour earlier. Still worth a visit if you want to experience Udon …

Mi Choripan

Photos above from website This place is all about "Choripan", which is an Argentine-style sandwich with a spiced chorizo. Exotic and complex flavors. Pretty good taste-wise, and yet felt a bit pricy for its portion. Could be the only place…

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…

Shokudou-Shichisai

Awesome Ramen, particularly its freshly-made noodles! (They make it right there based on your order). Never had Ramen noodles that are as good. It's just so impressive. Fish-stock, soy-sause based, fairly simple soup that goes well with th…

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…

Morinobutchers

Photo from Tabelog Awesome place to eat beef (and pork) at exceptionally reasonable pricing. The portion's huge too. You'll be stunned how much meat you can get with what you pay. Make sure to bring a few people with you so that you can en…

Tonkatsu Kurogane

Fantastic Tonkatsu dishes and yet reasonably priced. What a restaurant. A bit far from central Tokyo but it's absolutely worth the train ride. Period. My rating: 5.0 Tonkatsu KuroganeTabelog | More photos | 03-6459-6416 Address: 6-19-16 Mi…

Torisoba Soruto

Great salt-chicken-stock soup Ramen, probably one of the best salt Ramen I've ever had. You may not have an opportunity to come around this area but if you do, make sure to drop by. Their Gyoza is pretty good too. My rating: 5.0 Torisoba S…

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…

TonkatsuDaimon Aoki

Unbelievably tender, flavorful Tonkatsu. I place this restaurant in Top 3 for Tonkatsu in my life and will probably be so for the rest of my life. Not much else to say. You just have to give it a try and will understand what I'm saying. Aw…

Ichiran

Seemingly, Ichiran became more popular for non-Japanese customers in Japan in the past several years. In general, western people tend to like Tonkotsu ramen (a.k.a. Hakata ramen) more than the other major flavors (fish-stock soy-sauce, mis…

Tsukiji Tutto Bene

A quality Italian restaurant located in the Tsukiji area. You'd probably visit Tsukiji for its fish market and may have some Sushi there in the early morning, so I'd recommend you come here for lunch for a chage. Both their pizzas and past…

Menya Shichisai

Fantastic soy-sauce-based soup Ramen, particularly the noodles being so tasty. Roasted pork that comes with the Ramen is tender and flavorful too. One of the best Ramen in Tokyo. My rating: 5.0 Menya Shichisai Tabelog | 03-5566-9355 | 2-13…

Kagawaichifuku

Photos above from Tabelog Fantastic Udon restaurant, could be placed in TOP 5 in Tokyo! If you like Udon in general, you've got to try this one, though their soup stock has a strong "Niboshi" flavor in it, which you might not be a huge fan…

Sumibiyakiniku Nakahara

Used to be well known as "SumibiyakiShichirin", pretty famous for Yakiniku lovers in this domain. The quality of their beef is surely good but a bit pricy for its quality. You might still not get full by spending 10,000 JPY so should expec…

Ranjatai

One of the top Yakitori restaurants I've ever been to, considering its quality for the price! I actually wasn't expecting it to be that qood, so I was totally wrong! Recommend the course menu for the first time and see how you like it. Add…

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…

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 …

Taniya

Quality Udon restaurant located in the east part of Tokyo. Good option for lunch/dinner when you are in the area. Recommend you have cold Udon for the first time (Not Udon in a hot soup). Always crowded but no reservation is needed. Rather…

Den

Sophisticated dishes served by waitresses in Japanese traditional clothing. Private rooms available. Hidden, quality Japanese restaurant. Appropriate for important dinner occasions. Will be a memorable experience for travelers too, althoug…

MARUICHI BAGEL

Photo by rhubarb THE best bagel I've ever had in Japan and I think it's likely it'll continue to be my best bagel in the country for the rest of my life. I find it pretty odd that we have world-class ultra quality bakeries in Japan but the…

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…

Gyukatsu Motomura

Very popular "Gyukatsu" (beef cutlet) restaurant that now runs 6 branches in Tokyo (as of October 2016). Note that Shibuya branches are always very crowded and you should expect to wait for an hour or so, I'd suggest you get there 30-60 mi…

IkinariSteak

Used to be "Pepper Lunch" but the company replaced most of the PL branches with "IkinariSteak" in Japan, which is now much better quality at a higher pricing. Over 100 branches in Japan as of September 2016. You should be able to find one …