What to Eat in Tokyo

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A Lovely Planet contributor Antonia Williams gives us her guide on what to eat in Tokyo!

 

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What To Eat In Tokyo – Beef salad at Tokyo favourite Jomon

 

Dining in Tokyo is reason enough to visit this foodie capital of the world. It’s virtually impossible to eat badly. Don’t leave Tokyo without sampling the finest Grade A Tuna Sashimi in the world, flame grilled Yakitori, steaming Gyozas with a cold beer, and buttery tofu. Sometimes diving into the nearest Ramen joint and pressing a few incomprehensibly labelled buttons, or pointing at some plastic food, will land you with the best noodle soup you’ve ever tasted. There are thousands of restaurants to choose from.

 

Check out our favourites below that we’ve tried, tested and thoroughly enjoyed.

 

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What to Eat in Tokyo – There’s no such thing as bad ramen in Tokyo

 

 

What To Eat In Tokyo

 

Sushi at Tsukiji Fish Market

Some of the freshest and best sushi to be had in Tokyo is at a 6am breakfast at the market.  Sushi Dai is often touted as the best of the bunch, but if you’re not up for queuing until lunchtime, try the equally delectable Daisho Sushi or any of the other establishments there for melt-in-the-mouth tuna. Order the Omakase “Chef’s Choice” and take your taste buds on a culinary adventure.

 

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What To Eat In Tokyo – Daisho Sushi’s delectable “Omakase”

 

Shirube

Potentially one of the hardest restaurants to find in the city (but worth the struggle), Shirube is famed for its flamed mackerel. Its tofu dish is pretty great too. This is a good guide for finding it. Good luck! Reservations essential.

 

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What To Eat In Tokyo – Have your mackerel flame grilled at Shirube

 

Jomon

Traditionally a type of skewered chicken, Jomon serves up delicious Yakitori of just about everything. Feast on plenty of moreish meat, but leave room for the skewered gorgonzola tortilla. Drink some delicate Sake from a wooden box and nab a seat at the crowded counter to see the chefs in action at the grill. It’s a boisterous and brilliant atmosphere. Reservations essential.

 

 

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What To Eat In Tokyo – working the grill at Jomon

What to eat in Tokyo - Antonia Williams - A Lovely Planet

What To Eat In Tokyo – Jakitori at Jomon

 

Kaikaya

If you’re looking for some exquisite seafood, don’t miss out on Kaikaya which has somehow brought a chilled out beach vibe to an otherwise crazy city. Try the maguro no kama (tuna collar). Reservations essential.

 

Omoide Yokocho (rather unfavourably known as ‘piss alley’)

Don’t let the name put you off. This narrow lane off Shinjuku is packed with tiny restaurants serving delicious yakitori. Duck into a few to try them out.

 

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What to Eat in Tokyo – Slip into a sushi joint anywhere in Tokyo

 

Harajuku Gyoza Lou

Queuing up for these mouth-watering gyozas with a cold beer is worth taking a break from shopping for.

 

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What To Eat In Tokyo – Mouthwatering Gyoza best washed down with a cold Sapporo

 

We’d love to hear your favourite foods and restaurants in Tokyo – drop us a message in the comments below!

 

How To Get To Japan

Fly from London to Tokyo direct with a British Airways and Sydney to Tokyo direct with Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways and Qantas.

 

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