CNN does not call Tokyo “the greatest city in the world” for no reason. The capital of Japan is famous for many different things – the rich cultural heritage, the unique fashion districts, and the tasty food from the 160,000 eateries in and around the city. It’s a heaven on earth for foodies!
But considering our limited time and stomach space, which of these 160,000 places should we try? Here are five places you should go to for a good meal in Tokyo.
1 Chome-22-7 Jinnan, Shibuya
Set in a basement, Ichiran serves your ramen in a private, individual table. The ramen, which you can customise from the elasticity to the topping, is both tasty and affordable. Be prepared to queue for a while, as the place only seats 18 people at a time!
3F Mizuno Building, 4-2-15, Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Ise Sueyoshi offers an ultimate Kaiseki experience, which is a traditional Japanese multi-course meal. Each meal comes with an explanation of the meaning and significance of every dish. What better way to learn Japanese culture than by eating?
7-6, Ginza 8-chome, Chuo
If you’re used to supermarket sushi, going to Kyubey will change your mind for life. The Ginza restaurant’s chef will make prepare your order right in front of your eyes – it is advisable to hold back your urge to Instagram and eat right away, for optimal fish and rice freshness.
1-1-2 Shimomeguro, Meguro
As the name suggests, this Meguro spot specializes in tonkatsu (pork cutlets). Their tonkatsu is not as crispy or fluffy as the usual ones, but don’t be dismayed – the thick and tender pork will keep you coming back for more.
Isetan Department Store, 3-14-1, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
If you’re going to a pastry shop in Tokyo at all, make it Sadaharu Aoki. The place serves a range of French pastries with a Japanese touch, such as yuzu macarons and the famous matcha éclair.