Tokyo is home to some of the worlds best restaurants, and some amazing food found nowhere else, so we’ve put together a list of our favourite spots in Tokyo to narrow it down for you. From amazing cheap eats like Ramen and Udon, to the most expensive sushi and yaki-niku restaurants, there’s a delicious adventure for all budgets and tastes. People travel the world just to get one small bite of what Japan has to offer. Everyone comes hungry and everyone leaves happy. So, without further ado, here are our top 10 Tokyo restaurant picks.
1. Butagumi (西麻布 豚組)
No one does Katsu quite like Butagumi (西麻布 豚組). This Tonkatsu restaurant is one of the best in Tokyo. The meats are luxurious and the cooking is obsessive in detail. The fried panko batter is shatteringly crisp, the pork soft and juices, everything else stunning.
Address: 2 Chome-24-9 Nishiazabu, Minato City, Tokyo 106-0031, Japan
2. Mendokoro Haru (麺処 晴)
Located in the “Red Light District” of Tokyo you’ll find Mendokoro Haru. Here you’ll have some of the best Niboshi style ramen in Tokyo. This unique ramen is a blend of niboshi sardines, chicken and tangy soy sauce. It may sound a bit of an odd combination but trust us, it works. Topped with tender slow cooked pork and a beautifully rich egg, there is no better way to eat Ramen.
Address: 〒110-0004 Tokyo, Taito City, Shitaya, 1 Chome−11−7 リーベル入谷１F
3. Kokuwagata (こくわがた）
Maybe you’re used to the typical hot udon most commonly consumed in most western countries. But did you know that there is also a wide verity of cold udon as well? For a hot day, this may be just what you need. Drizzled with a bit of yuzu (Japanese lime), topped with fresh daikon to balance the flavours, and crowned with a delicate leaf of refreshing shiso. Nothing quite so fresh and vibrant as this.
Address: Japan, 〒113-0033 Tokyo, Bunkyo City, 文京区Hongo, 2 Chome−39−7 エチソウビル
4. Sushi Saito (鮨 さいとう)
This is definitely one of the more pricey restaurant options on our list, but not one you will regret. Sushi Saito is a Japanese sushi restaurant in Minato, Tokyo, primarily known for serving sushi. It had three Michelin stars until it chose to stop accepting reservations from the general public. So if you want to go here, it helps to have friends in the right places.
Address: Japan, 〒106-0032 Tokyo, Minato City, Roppongi, 1 Chome−4−5, ARK Hills South Tower, 1F
5. Kyourakutei (石臼挽き手打 蕎楽亭)
This Michelin starred Soba restaurant is at the heart of one of Tokyo’s busiest area, Shinjuku. They are famous for their delicately hand crafted soba noodles, delicious tempure, and some of the best local sake you’ll find anywhere is Shinjuku. This quiet spot in and otherwise bustling neighbourhood of Tokyo, is an oasis of fresh, light, and uplifting flavours.
Address: Japan, 〒162-0825 Tokyo, Shinjuku City, Kagurazaka, 3 Chome−6 神楽坂館１階
6. Tempura Kurokawa (天ぷら酒場)
Tsukiji is home to some of the freshest seafood in Japan and some of its best tempura. Within Tsukiji’s outer market you’ll find Kurokawa. This tempura shop combines the freshest seafood with delicate techniques to provide a light and crisp batter. For fabulous tempura bowls at bargain prices, you have to checkout Kurokawa.
Address: 6 Chome-21-8 Tsukiji, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan
7. Ningyocho imahan (人形町今半)
Ningyocho Imahan was established in 1895 as a beef hot pot restaurant. It is renowned worldwide as a representative of Japanese Sukiyaki. Sukiyaki is a Japanese dish that is prepared with a broth of soy sauce, sugar, and mirin. It’s a truly luxurious meal, and no one does it better than Ningyocho imahan.
Address: 2 Chome-9-12 Nihonbashiningyocho, Chuo City, Tokyo 103-0013, Japan
8. Chanko Kuroshio (神楽坂ちゃんこ黒潮)
Chanko Kuroshio serves a dish called Chanko Nabe, a pot of rich stock simmering a verity of meats and vegetables originally eaten by sumo wrestlers. This location serves up some of the best nabe in town in a restaurant that boasts a beautiful Japanese and the best ingredients. If you come though make sure you’re hungry, because as its origins suggest, this is a meal for those with a big appetite.
Address: 3 Chome-6-3 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 162-0825, Japan
9. Obana (尾花)
Obana is certainly not the most illustrious of Tokyo’s unagi restaurants. Prices here range from ¥3,000 plus for their lunch menu, but trust us when we say it’s worth it. Nowhere else will you finsh barbecued eel as fresh as this. At Obana, everything really is made as freshly as possible, the fish being prepared from a live tank as soon as you order. The fish is prepared and slathered in a special type of thick and sweetened soy sauce made in-house, and served on a warm bed of rice. This sweet and savoury dish is sure to make your mouth water.
Address: 5 Chome-33-1 Minamisenju, Arakawa City, Tokyo 116-0003, Japan
10. Kunimoto Shinkan (焼肉くにもと新館)
Fat be damned – Kunimoto is the finest lean beef-focused yakiniku joint in town. Choose from one of the three dinner deals to receive a beautifully decorated wooden box full of top-quality, expertly seasoned cuts. Additional portions, including their famed kiriotoshi platter can be ordered by the plate. Not the kind of meat that’ll melt in your mouth right away, these slices require some serious chewing but tasty absolutely heavenly.
Address: 2 Chome-8-9 Hamamatsucho, Minato City, Tokyo 105-0013, Japan