It’s fair to say that while in Tokyo, it is not really possible to be disappointed when it comes to dining. Japanese food is one of the best in the world, and also is the healthiest. While in Tokyo though, here are 4 recommended places for you to try out, as it will surely make your trip to Japan even more memorable with the unique and delightful flavors you will experience.
In the Harajuku district, this restaurant Gyoza (Japanese dumplings) is a good address.
It is very hard to find as everything is written in Japanese! With the name written in Japanese, like so: “原宿 餃子 楼” look for the similarity of the signs and voila! A little hint, it’s written in red on yellow and there is a picture of a tail! The gyoza are cooked in two ways, fried or boiled. Order your choice of flavor, and enjoy 6 delicious gyoza for ¥ 290. If that is a little light, take 2 plates (12 gyozas) or opt for a side dish.
If you do find this place, it will probably be one of the best restaurants on your trip. It is found in Akihabara, a little away from the hustling bustling streets. This ramen restaurant (Karashibi) is divine! Yet the place is very small and can accommodate only 10 people. But get ready to experience a gourmet experience! It is obviously a success, specially to the locals. Queuing is controlled via a distributor that prints you a ticket. There is english translation where the numbers of the dishes are listed so will not have a problem to order with the Japanese waiter. Beware of spices! Right before your eyes the dish is prepared, the cook will ask what spice level is desired (there are two kinds). If you take the time to observe the Japanese eating while mopping their eyebrows you will understand that you must take it easy. If you’re not big on spicy, play it ultra soft, choosing “no” and “no”. Count of ¥ 800 classic ramen dish, and the portions are big!
In the Asakusa neighborhood, this sushi restaurant is very good. Fresh fish is melting, and there are so many choices! It will easily be around 50 different types of sushi going around conveniently in the sushi “treadmill”. The price of each sushi is based depending on the color of the plates. The freshness and quality of the sushi here is just tops, therefore it go go on the “a little bit expensive” side. Allow a minimum of ¥ 2,000 per person.
Kamaage spaghetti Spajiro
Everyone misses pasta every once in a while, but it would be a shame to eat Italian while in Japan, no? Not quite. In the Ginza area, this restaurant with an original concept is very nice. You can chose your portion of pasta, and the style of cooking (either Japanese or Western). The dishes are very good and the the flavors delightful. Expect to pay about ¥ 1,000 per person.