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  • TOKYO SHIBA TOFUYA UKAI
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    4.5
    855 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Minato-ku Shibakouen 4-4-13
    Tokyo Shiba Ukai Tofu Shop wins high marks for its tofu, made with water drawn from a well 120 meters deep and carefully selected, high quality soybeans. Customers can taste seasonal flavors, including tofu in seasoned soymilk and dashi, appetizer plates, and sashimi. Two kinds of lunchtime course meals only available on weekdays are recommended for a little luxurious lunch. Ukai's evening meals are recommended for special occasions and celebrations.

    Nestled underneath Tokyo Tower, you couldn't get a more magical setting than Tofuya Ukai. The grounds are a Japanese garden, which is amazing to walk through at night. The menu is seasonal and...

  • GINZA KYUBEY
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Ginza 8-7-6
    This sushi restaurant in Ginza is famous for its traditional Edo-mae sushi that makes use of the taste and season of its ingredients. Ever since it was founded in 1935, it has been visited by many VIPs including those from the political world. Guests can choose between counter seats, hori-gotatsu recessed floor seats, table seats, and private rooms. In recent years it has also become popular with foreign tourists for the ability to enjoy a relaxed meal in a Japanese-style space known as “modern sukiya-zukuri.” It also has a complete take-out menu featuring futomaki (a thick roll of sushi) and bara-chirashi.
  • Tonki
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    4.5
    406 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Meguro-ku Shimomeguro 1-1-2
    This is a long-established tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet) shop that is famous for its nostalgic appearance reminiscent of Japan’s Showa period. It has been featured in the news and there is often a long line of customers. Using Japan-produced pork loin and high quality filet meet cooked slowly over a long time in a process unchanged since long ago, the restaurant serves up juicy and fragrant offerings that have earned many fans who come back frequently. It even offers counter or table seats as well as private dining rooms.

    Tonki is a restaurant serving tonkatsu only, and it is delicious! We liked the food a lot, and thought it was great fun being there as we could observe the cooks and staff working in front of us...

  • Sakura Tei
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Jingumae 3-20-1
    This is an eccentric teppanyaki-style restaurant located in the Harajuku area. Visitors can enjoy dishes such as okonomiyaki, monjayaki, and teppanyaki that are all made with dashi seasoning free of any chemical seasonings. They also offer an all-you-can-eat menu and course menu for dinner parties, and the inexpensive all-you-can-eat option that is limited to weekday lunch times is particularly popular. Eat inside and enjoy the artistic and colorful wall art, or take advantage of the spacious outdoor terrace seating.
  • Kozue
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Nishishinjuku 3-7-1-2 Park Hyatt Tokyo 40F
    This is a Japanese restaurant based on the 40th floor of the Park Hyatt Tokyo hotel in the West Shinjuku area of Tokyo’s Shinjuku City. Together with the magnificent views of the city from the large windows, enjoy seasonal ingredients and the taste of cuisine prepared by artisanal cooks well versed in Japanese tradition. Another appeal to the restaurant is their menu of famous Japanese sake brands that have been carefully selected from each region across Japan. During dinner time the night view of Tokyo is beautiful, and during lunch time Mt. Fuji can be seen in the distance when the weather is fine. The luxurious atmosphere that also includes individual rooms is recommended for special occasions, celebrations or even entertaining for business.
  • HANTEI
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    4.0
    160 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Nedu 2-12-15
    Located in a building in the Nezu part of Tokyo’s Bunkyo City that is designated as a Registered Tangible Cultural Property, this is an unusual spot to enjoy kushi-age (fried food on skewers) using plentiful servings of seasonal tastes. The restaurant, which is in an old three-story wooden house that survived the Great Kanto Earthquake, welcomes you with a very nostalgic atmosphere that is purely Japanese. Beginning with the “starter set” that features six types of kushi-age including carefully selected meat, fish, and vegetables and two types of shusai (appetizers to go with drinks), you can order an additional set or just one skewer at a time. There are also private dining rooms available for extra charge.

    This is a delightful restaurant in an charming old building in a residential area. Our lunch was fabulous - a set menu with dish after dish of beautifully balanced and carefully prepared food...

  • Tempura Daikokuya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Asakusa 1-38-10
    This long-established tempura restaurant located near Senso-ji was founded in 1887. Using just sesame oil the tempura with a fragrant smell is eaten with a sauce that has been carefully passed down since the time of it founding. The pure Japanese atmosphere is even loved by non-Japanese as well. Recommended dishes include the tendon rice bowl that uses large juicy shrimp that seem to be flying out of the bowl. The rich sauce that captures the hearts of fans for its unforgettable taste.
  • Kagaya Ginza Branch
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Ginza 5-8-17 Ginza World Town Building B1
    Kagaya is a restaurant serving kaiseki-ryori (Japanese course cuisine) that is run by Wakura Onsen Kagaya, a well-known hot-spring inn located in Ishikawa Prefecture. In addition to fresh seafood from the Sea of Japan such as its high grade nodoguro (blackthroat seaperch), guests can try Kaga cuisine that uses a plentiful amount of Kaga vegetables such as Kaga lotus root and kinji-so (gynura bicolor). During winter the Kano-gani (snow crab) course is popular. The “Kaori-bako” that is offered during the day is their showcase lunch menu and allows diners to try various foods in small portions. The traditional Ishikawa handicrafts that enhance the cuisine such as Wajima lacquer and Ohi-yaki pottery are not to be missed. There are luxurious and gorgeous private dining rooms that are perfect for use in special occasions or dining parties.

    Wonderful, region-based Japanese cooking, great fantasy, excellent fish and sauces, good choice of sake.

  • ASAKUSA IMAHAN Kokusai Street Head Restaurant
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Nishiasakusa 3-1-12
    This venerable sukiyaki and shabu-shabu (Japanese hot pot) restaurant was founded in 1895. Their exquisite sukiyaki, made exclusively with top-class Japanese Black and Kobe beef and flavored with a secret stock, is beloved as one of the traditional flavors that best represents Asakusa and Japan. In addition to set meals featuring their first-rate sukiyaki-style shabu-shabu, steak, and other items, the restaurant also has a full lunch menu of reasonably-priced items. Seating options include table seating, private rooms, and a reception hall, making the restaurant a great place for entertaining guests, a dinner party, or a banquet.
  • IROHA
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    4.0
    37 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Tsukishima 3-4-5 Saint-Granpa 2F
    Located in Tsukishima, which is a mecca for monja-yaki (a type of Japanese pan-fried pancake), this is a popular shop which has been supported by its many fans since the mid -1950s. The secret to the tastiness is the large dried sakura shrimps in the monja-yaki. The interior of the store is decorated in a Japanese style and has a relaxed atmosphere with wide seats, equipped with vending ducts. The shop is always crowded with local regular customers, couples and tourists. The recommended dishes are the “Seasoned Cod Roe, Sticky Rice Cake and Cheese Monja”, which has an irresistible chewiness and the “Mixed Monja”, which has the perfect volume.

    Me and my friends spent nice time in this place. Enjoyed tasty Monjayaki and nice, smiling staff....

  • Odaiba Takoyaki Museum
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Minato-ku Daiba 1-6-1 Dex Tokyo Beach Seaside Mall 4F
    A food theme park opened in 2010 located inside Decks Tokyo Beach in the Daiba area of Minato City, Tokyo. Dedicated to takoyaki (octopus dumplings), the unofficial comfort food of Osaka, the park hosts five famous takoyaki restaurants, from a branch of the shop said to be the inventor of takoyaki to popular Dotonbori establishments. Inside, visitors will find an array of authentic takoyaki flavors, from the most basic of the basic to novel new arrangements that incorporate ideas from Japanese cuisine. There is also a shop selling takoyaki-themed souvenirs.
  • Segawa
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Tsukiji 4-9-12
    Located in Tsukiji’s Market’s Outer Market in Tokyo’s Chuo City, this is a restaurant that specializes in maguro donburi (tuna rice bowls). They only offer maguro donburi featuring hon-maguro (Pacific bluefin tuna) which has been seasoned by marinating the fish with their traditional soy sauce. As guests can fully savor the original taste of the carefully selected tuna, this is a popular shop with a line of customers that has already formed when it opens. The shop is closed on Sundays, holidays and days when the market is closed.

    This is an amazing place, the freshest, most tasty tuna I’ve ever eaten. Need to arrive early as st 11am the start to run over.

  • Maekawa
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    4.0
    62 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Komagata 2-1-29
    A venerable eel restaurant founded in the Edo period boasting some 200 years of history. The shop’s Kabayaki (broiled eel with sauce), soaked in a secret sauce passed down for generations, is tender down to the bones. Meanwhile, the shop’s shirayaki (unseasoned broiled eel) allows the true flavor of the meat to shine through. Overlooking the Sumida River and Tokyo Skytree, during the day diners can enjoy the downtown hustle and bustle and in the evening a lovely nightscape.

    This place is awful from the food to the service. While the view of the river is ok it does not make up for rude waitresses who are unskilled in the art of serving and the poor quality of the...

  • Nihonbashi Tamai
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    4.0
    110 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Nihombashi 2-9-9
    A garden eel restaurant located near Nihombashi Station. Here diners can enjoy wild garden eel gathered from seasonal hunting grounds. The shop serves its eel two delicious ways – stewed and broiled. If you want to enjoy particularly tender meat, go with the stewed; if you’re looking to savor the innate savory flavor, go with the broiled. The shop also has “ainose” options giving you the chance to enjoy both in a single meal. You can also order broth for pouring over your eel to eat it chazuke style.

    This is a famous anago (sea eel) restaurant, it is different from the river eel unagi. No reservation taken, be prepared to get in line. I was here for lunch, which they have various set to choose...

  • Tenpurameshi Kaneko Hannosuke
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Nihombashihonchou 1-4-3 Villa Art Nihonbashi 1F
    The sister shop of Tendon Kaneko Hannosuke, renowned for its old-fashioned Edomae tendon (tempura over rice). Despite its location in Nihonbashi, an area filled with renowned tempura shops, lines still form at this restaurant dedicated to tempura and rice. Inside the compact confines, patrons can observe artisans at work up close and personal as they craft exquisite tempura. Diners can enjoy a variety of delicious tempura at reasonable prices, and the shop is well-loved for its high “cost performance.” The shop’s unusual egg tempura is particularly taste eaten over rice.
  • Innsyoutei
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    4.5
    168 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen 4-59
    A formal restaurant founded in 1875 serving traditional kaiseki course cuisine located inside Ueno Park. The restaurant's striking interior is reminiscent of an old-fashioned Japanese home; its huge windows, encompassing whole walls, allow patrons to observe the changing of the seasons. Innsyoutei primarily serves bean and vegetable-based cuisine made with a colorful variety of ingredients. All of the restaurant's soybean dishes are handmade with 100% domestically produced soybeans ordered just for that day. Innsyoutei accepts reservations of parties from two to 80 people. The restaurant is perfect for a variety of functions, from entertaining an important business client to celebrating a special event.

    Totally a tourist trap, from the queue at the entrance to the regular shouts between staff (totally not the zen sushi restaurant experience people is usually expecting) ending up in a very very...

  • San-Sada
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Asakusa 1-2-2
    This long-standing tempura restaurant situated in front of the Kaminarimon gate in Asakusa is the oldest in Japan. Founded in 1837, the shop has been in operation for over 170 years. San-Sada’s famous Edo-mae tempura is distinguished by the rich aroma and tawny color of the batter created by using sesame oil for frying. The shop uses its own unique sesame oil blend to fry only the freshest ingredients. Visited by countless numbers of tourists both domestic and international, San-Sada also offers a full menu of options for groups. In addition, the restaurant serves daily limited number sets and bento boxes for children. Lastly, San-Sada is also happy to discuss budget-appropriate options for parties and gatherings.
  • Kyobashi Isehiro Main Shop
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Kyoubashi 1-5-4
    Isehiro is a veteran yakitori skewered chicken shop since 1921 located at Kyobashi Station near Tokyo Station’s Yaesu Exit. Guests enjoy professionally prepared yakitori featuring meat from hens in their prime as well as other carefully selected ingredients like leeks and shiitake mushrooms. The quaint interior has a counter, Japanese style tatami mat rooms, and private seating available for gatherings.
  • Tsukiji Itadori (Unitora Nakadori Store)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Tsukiji 4-10-5 Kaneshin fishery building 1F
    This uni sea urchin specialty store is located outside the Tsukiji area. Featuring a careful selection of uni from various regions, at times they offer as many as 15 varieties. Popular dishes include their domestic uni rice bowl (available in limited quantities) and their northern bluefin tuna and seafood rice bowl with uni, crab, salmon roe, and more. They have tasting menus that let customers sample different kinds of uni, and items like their rice bowls and nigiri sushi are available a la carte.
  • Monja Kura
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Tsukishima 3-9-9
    A monjayaki (a type of savory pancake similar to okonomiyaki) restaurant located in Tsukishima, an area filled with fiercely competitive monjayaki shops. In addition to monjayaki, Kura also offers okonomiyaki and teppanyaki-whatever you choose, it's sure to be delicious and filling. The restaurant's spacious interior is filled with large tables, ensuring that even families and large groups of people will have plenty of room. In addition to tried and true monjayaki standards, Kura also offers a variety of unique and interesting toppings.

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