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Eating in Tokyo: Traditional Japanese Restaurants

Eating in Tokyo

Eating in Tokyo: Traditional Japanese Restaurants

Tokyo offers many restaurants between cheap and expensive places which have different specialties in Japanese recipes.
  • Minokichi - Ikebukuro: 1-1-25 Nishi-ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo. Phone: 03-3980-8855.
    Description: Traditional Japanese meets western heights. Minokichi is an exceptionally formal Japanese restaurant situated on the 15th floor of a skyscraper. They delicately mesh the two together so when you are eating in your tatami room, you can look out through the window if you want onto the city below.

  • Sake Kyoka SAKE: 5-5-9-1F Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Phone: 03-3585-3030.
    Description: It's simple to forget Sake Kyoka from the street, and even harder to guess what kind of food they serve. The owners are a sake company from Kanazawa, and the focus is on contemporary Japanese cuisine and rice. In fact, they put a lot of emphasis on serving high-quality rice that goes well with their sashimi and grilled fish. Lunch is around 1,000 yen.

  • Kumpu Hanarei: 4-8-3-2F Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Phone: 03-5772-3279.
    Description: If you are audacious and enthusiast to discover authentic Japanese cuisine where even the menus are in Japanese only (no pictures) and dishes can be custom made per request, this is the place to be. The service is impeccable. Friendly staff greets you from the moment you enter all the way till you walk out the elevator and leave the building.

  • Itamae Gokoro Kiku-ura: Fuji Bldg.18 1F, 7-16-3 Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. Phone: 03-5389-5581.
    Description: A very typical Izakaya, it offers creative Japanese small recipes. Lunch menus as a donburi have a price of ¥1 500. A dinner course rotated weekly, costs ¥5 250. Itamae is very busy and you typically need to make a reservation at least a week ahead.

  • Nishio-san: Shinjuku Bldg No.3 B1, 3-1-32Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. Phone: 03-3358-6625.
    Description: The name, Nishio-san, comes from the master of the restaurant who runs the Izakaya all by himself. The best dishes include Shizuoka style Oden and fish. The interior is modeled after the early Showa period and is very relaxing. You order by filling out the order sheet.

  • Rokuhara: Akasaka Fugetsudo Bldg.B1F, 4-2-2Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Phone: 03-3584-0698.
    Description: A cozy kushiyage restaurant on Hitotsuki Street. Rokuhara gets very crowded at lunchtime and requires reservations at night. The lunch set comes with the chef's choice of kushiage (about 8 pieces), rice, miso soup, salad, and garnishes, for ¥1 000. At dinnertime, the chef will keep cooking kushiage for you piece by piece until you tell him to stop.

  • Kushiya Monogatari - Shinjuku: Shinjuku Sun Flower Bldg. 5F, 1-3-1Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. Phone: 03-5321-6166.
    Description: At this Izakaya, like many yakiniku restaurants, you will self cook Kushi Age (pronounced with a hard g) and other favorite meats on the grill built right into the table. They have a variety of sauces like Tonkatsu, Ponzu and cheese sauces available for dipping. The menu is all-you-can eat for 90 minutes for ¥2 625 and you can add all-you-can drink for only ¥1 050 more.

  • Yanmo - Aoyama: T-PLACE B1F 5-5-25 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Phone: 03-5466-0636.
    Description: At Yam mo, you will be served fresh fish caught at Izu, off the Shizuoka prefecture coast. The interior is designed with a cleanly wooden image and a modern Japanese taste. There are counter seats, tables, and two semi-private rooms that seat 4 to 10 people.
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