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Something old, something new, and something delicious - just for you. Everyone loves a good meal, and in Tokyo - Japan's greatest metropolis - there seem to be good meals on offer at every turn. From ramen bars to all-you-can eat izakaya, to traditional sushi restaurants where steaming cups of green tea accompany flawless cuts of sashimi, to ultra-modern cafes where girls in French Rococo-inspired outfits dig into dainty, creamy cakes and decorated coffees ... being spoilt for choice can turn going out to eat into a mind-boggling puzzle. But don't worry! This guide has your foodie fantasies covered. Whether you're hunting down local favorites or looking for a well-priced meal deal (a luxury in Tokyo!), or if you simply want to know the best areas for udon, tonkatsu, and sweet treats to explore at your leisure - look no further. This guide addresses the when, where, and how of dining out in Tokyo. Get all your culinary whims catered to with Michelin-star ranked restaurants and down-and-dirty back alley street food alike. Dig in!

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12 Places

9 City Tips

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12 Places

Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten

Restaurants

The Tsukiji Market

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Afuri Ebisu

Restaurants

Asakusa

Neighbourhoods

Chuo

Destinations

Marunouchi

Neighbourhoods

Maruka

Restaurants

Omoide Yokocho

Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Meishu Center

Bars & Clubs

Alcatraz E.R.

Restaurants

Teyandei Omoya, Nishiazabu

Restaurants

Usuki Fugu Yamadaya

Restaurants

Madison S's City Tips

  • To Natto or Nat-To: During breakfast, you may run into this fermented soybean treat. It has a powerful smell and taste - give it a try over rice, if you're brave!
  • Many Tokyo hotels offer extensive breakfast buffets, with both Western and traditional Japanese options, a cost-effective introduction to Japanese food. Check with your concierge.
  • Vending machine restaurants are a cheap, delicious option. Insert money, pick a meal (pictured with the price), get a ticket, and give that ticket to your server. Then voila, food!
  • Economical Eating: Many Tokyo restaurants have reasonable lunch deals, including those with Michelin stars. A great way to save on fine dining.
  • In Japan, it's okay to slurp - in fact, it's a sign of how delicious the meal is! So bring that bowl of rice up to your face and get loud with your ramen noodles.
  • Tipping is not practiced in Japan, and actually is considered rude. Please resist the urge to leave extra, even for excellent service.
  • Saying "Gochisousama!" at the end of the meal (to waitstaff, or to chefs, if they are visible) is a polite, customary way to say "Thank you for the food!"
  • Don't worry if you don't speak Japanese - many restaurants have pictures of the food on their menus, or plastic displays showcasing what you can order.
  • If you're not sure of what to order, ask wait staff: "Osusume wa?" It means "What is your special?" This is generally the dish the restaurant is most proud of and well known for.
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    Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten
    Restaurants (Japanese, Sushi, Asian)
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    Madison S Says:

    Sushi is the undisputed King of Japanese foods, and Tokyo has a long and proud history of it. First gaining popularity on the streets of 19th century Tokyo, where food vendors slid fish over mounds of pickled rice to feed the masses, today sushi has been elevated to an art form, and nowhere is this more clear than at Jiro Ono's Sukiyabashi Jiro. You go to this restaurant, rated with a stunning 3 Michelin stars, and inspiring the documentary 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi,' if you want a top-notch Japanese sushi-ya experience. In a locale seating only ten, unique fish selections and the absolute freshest cuts are presented as a form of art, over 80 years in the making. With an obvious dedication to taste, the sushi at Sukiyabashi Jiro isn't over-worked, or too creative: it's small plate after small plate of simple, traditional flavors, served at the exact right temperature (sushi should be eaten within seconds of being served!), with the exact right combination of ingredients to make the mouth water and the stomach fall in love. Jiro likely won't greet you, and isn't a big conversationalist - but he respects food in a way that can make even the pickiest fish fan happy they came.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • The venue is small, and very famous. To avoid disappointment, ask your hotel to help you make a reservation when you book your room - the earlier, the better the chances are.
    • If it is fully booked, you can try visiting its 2-Star sister, Sukiyabashi Jiro, in Roppongi Hills. It is operated by Jiro's son.
    • The full meal generally takes 30-45 minutes. This may seem quick, but it is important to eat the sushi as it comes out, for the best flavor. Portions are small.
    • Fruit and tea are served for dessert - this is when diners are expected to begin chatting, and to relax. A bit strict! But worth it.
    • Unlike in the past, Jiro's now accepts credit cards and has an English-speaking staff member on hand for convenience.
    • No photos are allowed inside the restaurant.
    • As Jiro's can be very expensive, an economic alternative is going to a "kaiten-zushi" restaurant, where fare goes around on a conveyor belt and you pay by color-coded plate.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 575 restaurants in Ginza
    • what a disappointment... 14/08/2018
    • Excellent food, unfriendly chefs 22/07/2018
    • Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten
    Address:
    4-2-15 Ginza
    Tsukamoto Sogyo Bldg. B1F
    Ginza, Chuo 104-0061
    Tokyo Prefecture
    Phone:
    +81 3-3535-3600
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Mon - Sat
    11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    Other:
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    The Tsukiji Market
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Madison S Says:

    If you're in the mood for fish but don't fancy the cool, quiet presentation and fast pace of Jiro's Michelin star restaurants, try the Tuskiji Fish Market. Tsujiki is the biggest seafood wholesale market in the world, catering to restauranteurs and chefs alike, but has plenty to interest hungry visitors, too. You'll get a meal and a show if you go during the early morning bustle of activity, when the inner market is reserved for a live auction of some of the fattiest cuts of giant deep-sea fish. The outer market caters to retail tastes: everything from cutting knives to sushi-themed knick-knacks are on sale, alongside fresh vegetables, spices, and more. Of course, there's also a trove of restaurants and stalls, brilliantly located next to Tokyo's It-Spot for buying the best fish. Grab sushi at Daiwa or Sushi Dai, and chirashi (bowls of varied fish cuts served over vinegar rice) at Yamazaki or Sushi Sei. If you want a heartier meal, venture to a street stall or sit down spot for warm ramen - perfect for chilly mornings. Shellfish, roe, caviar, and more are enough to qualify as sightseeing fuel for the rest of your day.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The market is close to Tsukiji Station (Hibiya Line) and Tsukijishijō Station (Toei Ōedo Line). It is also located close to popular luxury shopping district Ginza.
    • The market is open every day except Sundays, some Wednesdays, and all public holidays.
    • The auctions (which only licensed parties can participate in) begin at 5:20am. Tickets open at 2:30am and tend to be gone by 3:15am. Go early to ensure your spot to watch.
    • Much of the market's stalls and sellers close in the early afternoon. This is very much a morning destination, so be sure to arrive early no matter what you're there to see/do.
    • Some parts of the inner market have restricted access, but you still should be able to see the fish bidding if you secure a spot. The huge, fatty tunas are a highlight.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 542 things to do in Chuo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not worth lining up 2:30 in the morning 20/08/2018
    • WELL, WELL, WELL.... 20/08/2018
    • The Tsukiji Market
    Address:
    5-2-1 Tsukiji
    Chuo 104-0045
    Tokyo Prefecture
    Phone:
    +81 3-3547-8011
    Other:
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    Afuri Ebisu
    Restaurants (Japanese, Asian)
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    Madison S Says:

    Traditional Tokyo-style ramen combines a salty shoyu-flavored chicken broth with crimped noodles, scallions, and dashi. While fantastic ramen can be found all over the Ebisu district, AFURI restaurant serves some of the best, with each dish a delightful combination of flavors that leaves guests stuffed and satisfied. Presented in a traditional setting, bowls come adorned with butter-soft slices of pork, menma, egg, kamaboko, and seaweed, just to name a few possible toppings.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • It's typical to sit at the counter, and even if there is a line for limited seating, it moves quickly. That means when you're up, eat and fly! Ramen shops are not a place to idle.
    • If you're hungry for more, try other broth variations (like miso!) in other Ebisu ramen shops. Ichiran has a great "Tonkatsu" version, and Nagi has an interesting "Niboshi" option.
    • This is a vending machine style restaurant: put your money into the machine & punch in the option you want, then show your order receipt to the staff before being led to your seat.
    • AFURI has more than one branch, so if you'd like to try it but aren't in the Ebisu area, check around to see if there's one closer to your hotel or destination.
    • The pork is roasted for your bowl right when you order, so it's worth ordering an extra portion, as bowls only typically come with one slice!
    • Highlights? Get the Yuzu Shoyu broth: the subtle addition of mandarine enhances the spices and toppings.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 93 restaurants in Ebisu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Special Ramen with yuzu! 17/08/2018
    • Fusion Ramen 10/08/2018
    • Afuri Ebisu
    Address:
    1-1-7 Ebisu
    117 Bldg.1F
    Ebisu, Shibuya 150-0013
    Tokyo Prefecture
    Phone:
    +81 3-5795-0750
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$9
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 5:00 AM
    Other:
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    Asakusa
    Neighbourhoods
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    Madison S Says:

    Asakusa, a historic district of Tokyo that seems preserved in time, offers visitors a smorgasbord of dining options in one of the metropolis' most atmospheric locations. Sitting in the shadow of the impressive Sensō-ji temple and studded with Edo-period remnants entwined with the modern cafes and trendy shops of Nakamise street, this is where locals and visitors alike come to indulge in crispy tempura and delicious cold soba noodles. With over seventy restaurants to choose from, it can be difficult to choose just one palette-pleaser. However, there are a few winners that really stick out. Visit Asakusa Imahan for hot-pot served by waitresses in kimono, or Hitsumabushi for flaky eel on rice, Daikokuya for tempura in served alongside a Meiji-Era aesthetic, or Namiki Yabusoba for traditional soba noodles with a one-of-a-kind flavor. Yakisoba, Okonomiyaki, Sushi ... as if the area didn't have enough to choose from, on certain days the Sensō-ji temple area even plays host to a number of street stalls! So come hungry!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you're missing a more Western-style meal, don't worry. This area also plays host to pizza parlors and a British pub.
    • When eating street food in the area, it's okay to eat and walk! Usually considered rude in Japan, street vendors offer a free for all: eat with your hands, and on the move.
    • If you're looking for black wagyu beef burgers, try Mokudo Tengoku by Ueno station.
    • In the mood for yakitori? YakiteBar Shimizu-Minato has you covered with warm skewers of succulent grilled chicken.
    • In the meatlovers trifecta, let Tonkatsu Sand serve up some traditionally-styled warm buns alongside thick, breaded pork cutlets and sweet sauce.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 486 things to do in Taito
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great place 20/08/2018
    • Loved the different cultural experience 15/08/2018
    • Asakusa
    Phone:
    +81 3-3872-4886
    Other:
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    Chuo
    Destinations
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    Madison S Says:

    The Chūō ward of Tokyo contains some of the city's trendiest, most up-market shopping areas. It also happens to be home to just as many wonderful cake and sweet shops. If after indulging in fish and noodles you need to compliment all that salt with a little sugar, head here. Be aware that while Japan has a long history of delicious desserts - from bread filled with red bean adzuki paste to delicate wagashi - pastry chefs in Tokyo have also mastered the art of bringing a definitive Japanese taste to traditional French treats. Chūō city's best spots especially excel at this: millefeuille resplendent with jellied strawberries, houjicha roll cakes with chantilly cream, matcha green tea croissants, and selections of cakes and breads that have been subtly altered to be less sweet and dense than those in Paris, but just as flavorful. Some of the best locations (and their menu highlights!) below.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Big department stores with markets typically have dessert shops and counters. Ignore any stigma of location - they have amazing selections! It's worth paying a visit to try.
    • At Quil Fait Bon Grand Maison Ginza, try the seasonal fruit tartlets with tea. It's a busy local favorite, so go early to avoid lines!
    • Mandarin Oriental Gourmet Shop makes an amazing chocolate ganache, but the sweet breads and green tea macarons are also not to be missed.
    • At Giotto, which has very generous serving sizes, go with the thick Mont Blanc or the delicate and very fruity Strawberry Shortcake.
    • Cream puffs and mousse are highlights at Hidemi Sigino, though different cakes are baked throughout the day and always sell out. (It opens at 11am, but there's a line by 10:30!)
    • More traditional flare is found at Kuya - try anything with sweet adzuki bean paste. (If possible, have your hotel call ahead to reserve, it's a famous spot and becomes very busy!)
    • Manneken will make you rethink waffles. Served hot and crispy, they come in flavors such as cheesecake, sweet potato, and pumpkin. You may end up needing more than one.
    • Ginzasenbikiya is the spot for an ice cream parfait - layers of fruit, pudding, and savories accessorize mountainous desserts. Or, opt for a fruit sandwich, which comes with cream.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • Chuo
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    Marunouchi
    Neighbourhoods
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    Madison S Says:

    While Chūō City might be the place for dessert, a single street within Chūō's Ginza district takes the cake, so to speak. Tree-lined Marunouchi is known, in addition to the haute pastries and fusion desserts for which the area is famed, for its traditionally Japanese treats. Located in the heart of Tokyo's luxury shopping district, the lavish shops offer both cafe seating and takeaway options. Enjoy treats made of seasonal fruits, milky puddings, and spiced juices at Mikimoto Lounge; grab soft daifuku rice cakes pancake dorayaki at Ginza Kanra; or fruity anmitsu, silky sweet oshiruko soup, or shaved ice with syrup at Ginza Kanoko. Really step back into traditional Tokyo at TORAYA, which has been serving high-grade bean paste desserts for over five-hundred years (delicate wagashi, rice flour confections, monaka, ginger pancakes, and its famous adzuki and cocoa fondant.) The area also has spots for yōkan jellied puddings and manjū dough buns, so keep an eye out and explore!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • Area department stores like Isetan and Printemps also have marvellous selections that provide a great take-home option if you want to enjoy dessert at your hotel later.
    • For more Western flavors, Shiseido Parlour offers delicious cognac cakes, and Échiré Maison du Beurre makes croissants out of world-famous French Échiré fermented butter.
    • At Mikimoto Lounge, if you can't decide what to get, you can order a small selection of three. Portion sizes won't leave you struggling to prove there's always room for dessert.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Marunouchi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of my favourite areas 08/08/2018
    • Nice shops on a quiet street 27/05/2018
    • Marunouchi
    Address:
    Marunouchi
    Marunouchi, Chiyoda 100-0005
    Tokyo Prefecture
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    Maruka
    Restaurants (Japanese)
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    Madison S Says:

    If you want to eat udon that's approved by the locals, brave the fast-moving line at Maruka. Most popular are its flat-edged Sanuki udon noodles flavored by dashi (fish and kelp soup stock) and served with delectable toppings, from fresh vegetables to tempura. Celebrated for clear flavors and freshness, the light meals at Maruka include both refreshing cold dishes for summer and curried dishes that offer a winter warm-up - you won't go wrong!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Lunchtime (12-2pm) is when it is at its busiest. However, the long line moves very quickly, so don't despair if you arrive at a peak hour.
    • There will be rice vinegar on your table. Add it to your noodles (to taste) if you'd like a slightly more complex flavor!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 5,439 restaurants in Chiyoda
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Local favourite 08/08/2018
    • Awesome udon noodles 15/12/2017
    • Maruka
    Address:
    3-16-1 Kanda Okadacho
    New Surugadai Bldg
    Chiyoda 101-0052
    Tokyo Prefecture
    Phone:
    +81 3-3294-1320
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$9
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    11:00 AM - 7:30 PM
    Sat
    11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    Other:
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    Omoide Yokocho
    Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Madison S Says:

    If you're tired of sitting down to eat and you'd like a little adventure served up as a side dish, get your plastic fork ready and put your walking shoes on! Omoide Yokocho is a street food paradise. A packed, tiny lane is host to a handful of restaurants and stalls that locals favor, despite the gritty appearance and it's incongruous nickname: 'Piss Alley.' It takes a bold heart (and stomach!) to overcome that, but believe me, it's worth the courage. Here, the soul and root of everyday, hearty Japanese cuisine come together, and the Alley's popularity is a sign of its triumph. Fill up on yakitori skewers, bowls of hot oden or ramen, fried offal, and fried vegetable balls in slick broth ('kakiage'), then wash it down with a cold, dry local beer.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • If you're bold, try Asadachi's "vitality food:" grilled salamander, beating frog hearts, pig "bits" (take a guess), and snake liquor are just a few menu items.
    • There has been an effort to rebrand the area as "Memory Lane," but locals have been resistant to the change, preferring the nostalgia of its current, cheeky moniker.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Nishishinjuku
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • how people imagine Tokyo to be...A must see 19/08/2018
    • Little street 08/08/2018
    • Omoide Yokocho
    Address:
    Nishi-Shinjuku
    Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku
    Tokyo Prefecture
    Phone:
    +81 3-3342-1589
    Other:
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    Meishu Center
    Bars & Clubs
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    Madison S Says:

    While in Japan, you might want to try its celebrated drink of origin, the fermented rice wine, sake. Meishu Center sake tasting bar offers guests the opportunity to try the brands from various breweries throughout Japan in manageable portions and at reasonable cost. With over 100 different bottles to choose from, hailing from nearly fifty estates, the Meishu Center makes tasting your way through the best of it simple for novices and seasoned sippers alike. Set menus offer eight different tasting options (in English and in Japanese), but the staff is happy to accommodate guest preference. You can build your own flight, or allow staff to guide and suggest, based on your tastes. Drinks come with tasting notes and information on the regions and origin stories. (And in case sake isn't quite your cup of tea, other liqueurs and drinks are on offer to toast 'kanpai!' with.)

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Meishu is busiest Friday-Sunday, so the earlier you go, the less hectic it will be. Go before 6pm to avoid a crowd, and after 7pm to enjoy the crowd!
    • Meishu is a standing-only bar, with an almost Spartan atmosphere. However, the friendly staff and informative menu will help you learn to order sake (for later in your trip, too).
    • When you purchase a third cup of sake, you automatically get a discount off your bill.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 185 Nightlife in Minato
    • Friendly and fun 08/02/2018
    • Wonderful experience 01/09/2017
    • Meishu Center
    Address:
    2-3-29 Hamamatsucho
    Isoyama Dai-2 Bldg.1F
    Minato 105-0013
    Tokyo Prefecture
    Phone:
    +81 3-5405-4441
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Sat
    3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
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    Alcatraz E.R.
    Restaurants (Bar, International)
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    Madison S Says:

    Admittedly, some of Tokyo's charm is in its strangeness. From Ice Bars to Alice in Wonderland-themed cafes, there are a few eateries whose decor strays far from normal. If you're looking for an experience while you dine (and not necessarily a gourmet experience) in this Michelin-studded city, why not check into Alcatraz E.R.? The admittedly gimmicky restaurant has a waitstaff decked out as doctors and nurses, and 'patients' are handed their food behind bars, the meals served in sterile metallic dishes and the drinks presented in test tubes and beakers that allow you to create your own 'medicine.' While a menu of chicken fingers and dyed curries don't make this a particularly exciting culinary night out, it's all about presentation. Drinks with risqué titles are presented with full sets of dialogue by your 'doctor' or 'nurse,' 'prison breaks' occur once a night, and each cell has its own horror-movie decor, straight from out of a Rob Zombie film. Great for some interesting photos, and a little bit of indulgence in the Shibuya district's unique flair for dramatics, pushing the limit, playing dressing up, and creating a one-of-a-kind nightlife destination.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Alcatraz E.R. is definitely not for children. In addition to horror elements, parts of the menu have risque names.
    • Most seating is Japanese-style floor seating, but some "cells" provide seats for those who cannot sit on the floor. They may have a longer wait.
    • The "prison break" entertainment begins at 10pm, with lights off. It sometimes involve guests, and contains a "spooky" element. Avoid this time if you do not want to participate.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2,156 of 5,256 restaurants in Shibuya
    • Permanently Closed 14/07/2018
    • This would have been good 10 years ago 18/04/2018
    • Alcatraz E.R.
    Address:
    2-13-5 Dogenzaka
    Harvest Bldg 2F
    Shibuya 150-0043
    Tokyo Prefecture
    Phone:
    +81 3-3770-7100
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    5:00 PM - 3:30 AM
    Other:
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    Teyandei Omoya, Nishiazabu
    Restaurants (Pub, Asian)
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    Madison S Says:

    Izakaya are a staple of Japanese life, fashioned as 'all you can eat/all you can drink' locations that charge by the hour. Teyandei takes this nationwide favorite and gives it its own flare. Armed with a cheerful staff and enough menu specials to excite the pickiest eater, Teyandei can offer visitors a sampler of food from across the nation at a very reasonable purse price. Avocado salads, deep fried yams, honeyed nut clusters, and thin strips of meat take your tongue across a range of flavors. Lauded for its adventurous menu (horse sashimi, anyone...?) and its talented chef, Teyandei tops the izakaya charts, no matter what taste you're after.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • They do provide an English menu, as in recent years the local haunt has become popular with visitors.
    • It's tricky to find, as it is tucked away into a back alley side street. If you get lost, ask a taxi driver, or when you feel you are close, mention "izakaya."
    • Okinawan specialties: pork tsukune meatballs drank down with hot Owamori liquor is a popular pairing, and sweet tamago omelette stuffed with eel is a particular treat.
    • Their set menu entitles you to eight dishes, with a nominal fee added on for two hours of all-you-can-drink.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #326 of 7,903 restaurants in Minato
    • Fantastic meal 13/04/2018
    • Izakaya with a fresh, modern menu 05/08/2017
    • Teyandei Omoya, Nishiazabu
    Address:
    2-20-1 Nishiazabu
    Minato 106-0031
    Tokyo Prefecture
    Phone:
    +81 3-3407-8127
    Other:
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    Usuki Fugu Yamadaya
    Restaurants (Japanese, Seafood)
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    Madison S Says:

    Fugu, or 'Japanese puffer fish,' has become a household name - mostly because it's a food that can kill you! Before you panic, the head chef at Usuki Fugu Yamadaya was trained for over three years before receiving a licence to serve fugu, and trained for an additional ten years to perfect the careful preparation it takes to render the poisonous fugu fish harmlessly tasty. If you're willing to take the risk (the Japanese consume over 10,000 tons of the stuff per year) at Usuki, a Michelin honored restaurant, then prepare to be wowed by the stellar presentation and side-dishes that accompany the translucent slices of Fugu sashimi. Dip the slices into ponzu vinegar, and enjoy a portion served fried and in a hot pot style. Finish off with a taste of fruit, and voila. You'll have had a great meal, and earned bragging rights to boot!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • If prepared correctly, and certain parts of the fish are avoided, fugu is not toxic. While there is little reason to fear, still be aware of risks.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 72 restaurants in Nishiazabu
    • Fantastic experience 05/06/2018
    • A once in a lifetime experience 28/05/2018
    • Usuki Fugu Yamadaya
    Address:
    4-11-14, Nishiazabu
    Nishiazabu, Minato 106-0031
    Tokyo Prefecture
    Phone:
    +81 3-3499-5501
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
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