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Thursday, 01 March 2018

Eight Great Places to Eat in Tokyo

Written by Ashley Rosa
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Japan is not just about ‘that sushi’. From unagi eel and tonkatsu pork cutlets to okonomiyaki pancakes and all good things tofu, the capital of Japan, Tokyo, is home to a generous quantity of restaurants specializing in a large array of Japanese cuisine, not to mention Michelin stars.


The best part of all is that it caters to all budgets, from the local atmospheric izakaya – Japanese style pubs to wallet-busting skyscraper restaurants; emphasizing on high-quality seasonal ingredients across the spectrum. In a nutshell, it’s nirvana for food fanatics.


The Japanese Cuisine


Apparently, Japanese people spend the largest amount of money on the local cuisine. Regarding frequency, the unit price of Sushi makes a meal pricey, with Sushi diners receiving a high figure in the statistics with fewer visits. On the other hand, the unit price of hamburger and noodles is relatively low.


Tokyo’s appetite for great value food has never been bigger. Tokyoites love to eat out, and this had made it one of the best cities in the world for quality at a low price. Travellers – set out on a quest to find the best eats in the metropolis – came back with far too many eateries to include in a list. The places listed below are the top picks, and constitute a complete A-Z of where to dine deliciously and on a budget.




Fukamachi looks like the typical old-school Tokyo restaurant inside and out, with its modest façade and simplistic dining halls, one counter plus two small tables. For its fan base, however, there is no better tempura in the capital.


Order the omakase menu (‘leave it to the chef’) for batter fried morsels of seasonal seafood, mushrooms, and veggies including sansai (wild herbs) in the spring. If you still have room, place an order for the awabi (abalone) or sea urchin from the a la carte menu – both are outrageously good. The diner is open for both lunch and dinner.




Uoshin is a traditional izakaya (Japanese gastropub) serving as a great introduction to Japanese cuisine. This place specializes in Japanese seafood from all across the country, so you will want to try different, fresh, grilled and boiled fish dishes to soothe that sea-craving.

The netsuke boiled fish platters are stewed in a hot pot of soy sauce, sake, ginger and specs of sugar. In case you have just landed in Tokyo and have no idea what you’re doing food wise, this is a good way to ease yourself into touristy things and get a feel of what you will eat on your trip.




The chef Hiroyuki Kanda – the master of contemporary Japanese cuisine – made Kanda as an anonymous building on a quiet backstreet. From freshest-cut sushi to mountain vegetables, visitors can expect seasonal dishes, served as poetically as haiku in a minimal setting.


This might sound a bit extreme, but since Kanda has just eight seats along the wooden counter and three Michelin stars, it is important to book two months in advance.


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