CAPITAL OFFERS VAST VARIETIES OF FOOD
Food is an indispensable and fascinating element in travel. Visitors to Tokyo have a plethora of options. According to statistics compiled by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Japan's capital, as of 2016, boasts around 80,000 eateries.
Long-established and new, as well as Japanese and international restaurants all offer something that will surely meet the tastes of those looking for a unique and enjoyable culinary experience.
Here, we introduce some of the restaurants in Tokyo that provide delectable dishes of various cuisines.
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Japanese Sushi Makoto
Opened in 2017, this Ginza sushi restaurant is run by a sushi chef born in Hokkaido who has more than 20 years of experience. Using many fresh ingredients from Hokkaido, this exquisite eatery with eight seats along a spacious counter has only one menu option: the itacho omakase (chef’s choice) course, priced from ¥20,000.
Depending on the season and the day's purchase from the market, the menu features sushi such as premium ōtoro (fatty tuna), uni (sea urchin) and kohada (gizzard shad), in addition to small appetizers and sashimi.
Guests can also enjoy drinks from a wide variety of premium sake and wines.
Guests can enjoy authentic, reasonably priced tempura at this Ginza restaurant headed by the founding chef who has more than 40 years of experience in making the Japanese dish.
Seasonal ingredients are used at Abe, and a must-try dish is the shrimp tempura. Live saimaki ebi (small, Japanese tiger shrimp) are taken out of a water tank and fried on the spot (¥1,000). Other recommended items include a shrimp kakiage (a mix of ingredients cooked as tempura) for ¥1,500 and a large tempura clam (¥800).
There are various lunch options and course menus for dinner, including a vegetarian course.
Named after Mount Afuri, another name for Mount Oyama in Kanagawa Prefecture, this ramen place in Shinjuku serves splendid noodles in a delicious, golden-brown soup made with spring water from the mountain.
The eatery’s signature bowl is the ¥980 yuzu-shio (citrus-salt) ramen served with charcoal-grilled sliced pork belly along with other toppings. There are other varieties, including yuzu-shoyu (soy sauce) ramen (¥980), as well as a unique vegan ramen (¥1,350). Diners can change the standard thin noodles to wider, chewier ones (¥180), or noodles made of konnyaku (a jelly-like food made from potatoes) for ¥200. Tsukemen dipping noodles are also available.
The char-broiled yakitori served at this Roppongi eatery use carefully selected chicken purchased daily. What makes the yakitori so delectable are the secret sauces, as well as a garlic soy sauce and original miso used when grilling.
Recommended menu items include cheese pii, which is a bell pepper filled with melted cheese and wrapped in pork (¥490) and special tsukune (minced skewered chicken) with an original sauce and egg yolk (¥390). The Kushimura Course, including six kinds of yakitori, is offered at ¥3,300 for one person. The toridango-nabe (chicken meatball hot pot) course is also popular (¥3,500 per person).
French Buvette Tokyo
Inspired by European traditions and established in 2011 in New York, Buvette combines both elements of an Old World cafe and a neighborhood eatery. Opened in 2018, this Tokyo space offers various options ranging from an early morning espresso, a lunch of shared dishes and a late-night digestif.
Priced at ¥800, the breakfast formule (set menu), comes with croissants or toast and cafe filtre in addition to options such as sunny side up and boiled eggs. For lunch, four types of formule served with a side dish and cafe filtre are available from ¥1,000 to ¥2,000. Come dinner, a wide range of fish, meat and vegetable dishes are available in addition to cheese, charcuterie and dessert.
This Eifukucho restaurant serves delectable pizza baked in a wood-fired kiln, which was brought from Naples by the owner when the eatery opened. Savory, chewy and authentic Italian cuisine using flour from Naples is baked by a pizza chef from the city, who has polished his skills since he was 14. Pasta and main dishes are cooked by a Japanese chef trained in Italy.
More than 30 types of pizzas are available, including margherita (¥1,580), Bismarck (¥2,300) and primavera (¥1,900). About 10 antipasto are available from ¥800, including fondue-like bagna cauda (a dip of garlic and anchovies). Additionally, about 10 types of pasta and risotto are available from ¥1,400 and main dishes are served from ¥1,600.
Chinese Chinese Cafe Eight
There are more than 300 kinds of authentic Chinese dishes available at this 24-hour restaurant in Ebisu.
The eatery’s signature dish is Peking duck, offered at ¥2,880 (limited time only). The 2,000-gram duck, served with soup and fried sides, is carved tableside by a chef.
A wide range of appetizers is available from ¥280 and boiled gyoza dumplings from ¥150 (for three pieces) are a favorite. The restaurant’s popular lunch (available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) is served from ¥580 on weekdays and from ¥810 on weekends and holidays.
Various course options are also available for ¥1,880, ¥3,200, ¥3,980 and ¥4,980 per person.
With an atmosphere similar to a local tavern in Thailand, this restaurant in Kanda serves Thai cuisines at a reasonable, uniform price: all dishes are ¥630. The two main chefs at this eatery worked as master chefs at hotels in Thailand and spices are bought directly from the country, assuring the authenticity of the dishes.
More than 10 set menu items are also available at the same price, and they include khao man gai (chicken rice), khao kha moo (pork leg stew on rice) and kaeng som (Thai sour curry).
All-you-can-eat and drink courses for two hours are also served, with prices ranging from ¥3,000, ¥4,000 and ¥5,000 per person.
Delectable and authentic Indian dishes are served at this Asian eatery, with an astonishing 27 kinds of curry, as well as other dishes available. The options include butter chicken (¥950), keema matar (minced meat and peas, ¥890) and chicken korma (braised in cream or yogurt) for ¥1,100.
Various types of naan are offered, such as plain (¥350), cheese (¥400), garlic (¥400) and a unique an (adzuki bean paste) naan (¥400).
Additionally, the thali (plate) set is popular, coming with a selection of dishes, including curries, naan or rice, salad and more depending on the options. Takeaway is available, with the menu including curry to-go with plain naan or rice priced at ¥1,000.
Brazilian Que bom!
At this Shinbashi restaurant, guests can enjoy 14 types of churrasco Brazilian barbecue, featuring sausage, outside skirt and filet among others. Additionally, more than 60 varieties of Brazilian dishes are available.
To fully appreciate such a wide range of delicacies, the two-hour, all-you-can-eat plan is available for ¥3,980 for male customers and ¥3,780 for female diners.
A wide range of drinks include red and white Brazilian wines, as well as sparkling wines, Brazilian cocktails and cachaca — a distilled spirit made from fermented sugarcane juice. Three all-you-can-drink options for two hours are available at ¥1,800, ¥2,500 and ¥3,000 per person.