A retro food hall, Kotora Komichi, directly translated as “Little Tiger Alley”, has opened in a basement of an office building in Toranomon. Twelve restaurants of different genres offer a wide range of excellent gourmet food. In addition, during lunchtime, the area is transformed into a "Noodle Alley", where various kinds of noodle dishes are served.
A place where people from all walks of life can connect with each other, this lively, food alley is a must-see!
On Wednesday 19 January 2022, Kotorakomichi opened in Toranomon district, where many business people come and go. A total of 12 restaurants from all over Japan have gathered at this gourmet spot under the theme of "Revitalising Japan through Izakaya".
All of the restaurants are certified by the "Izakaya Koshien", a competition to determine the best izakaya. You can enjoy unique dishes from all over Japan, including Okinawa, Kagoshima, Kyoto and Manazuru in Kanagawa Prefecture.
Priices for beer and highballs are the same at all 12 restaurants, and also, there is no cover charge to enter.
Bar hopping and drinking and eating with people you just met is another way to enjoy here.
During the daytime, the restaurant will also be a "Noodle Alley", a great place for business people who are refugees from lunch. It will offer a limited lunchtime menu of noodle dishes that can be eaten quickly and in a short time。
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Elements resembling traditional Japanese festivals
Kotora Komichi is a unique space with a nostalgic and lively atmosphere resembling somewhat that of a Japanese festival. As you cross the red arch bridge, you will be greeted by the unique curtains, torii gates, lanterns, and windmills of each shop.
All the shops have counter seats, and the border between shops is loose. The shops are designed to make it easy for customers to enjoy drinking afterwards, and the prices of beer and highballs are the same in all shops.
12 restaurants selected across Japan
Twelve restaurants from all over Japan have gathered at KOTORAKOJI, all of which are unique and of different genres.
With 6 new restaurants, 5 new restaurants opening for the first time in Tokyo and 1 new restaurant opening for the first time in Kanto region, there are new restaurants to meet here. From Korean BBQ cuisines to Italian to Okinawa to many more, surely there is something to fill the appetite for all people.
Editor's Picks French Cuisine
The French bistro “Frenchman" is located right in front of the main entrance.It is a French bistro with a stylish atmosphere where you can enjoy creative French cuisine and witty small dishes.
The cold pasta with sea urchin and salmon roe (2,750 yen including tax), which is popular at the main restaurant in Kyoto, and the cream pasta with whole cheese (M size) (858 yen including tax) are popular dishes that are both pleasing to the eye and delicious to eat.
The cold pasta with sea urchin and salmon roe (2,750 yen including tax)
cream pasta with whole cheese (M size) (858 yen including tax)
Among the various dishes on the menu, we particularly recommend the beef filet rare cutlet (3,278 yen including tax), which is available only here.
The beef filet is cooked at a low temperature, fried quickly and served with a special spicy Worcestershire sauce. The rare, lean meat is the perfect accompaniment to red wine.
beef filet rare cutlet (3,278 yen including tax)
Editor's Picks Gyoza Dumpling
Amongst the many unique shops here, one of the most flamboyant is "Mushikawa Tenshin". It is a popular Chinese restaurant produced by the head chef of "Dumpling Mania", who was awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand.
The interior of the restaurant, crammed with Chinese sundries and interior decorations, is a flamboyant and playful space that looks great in photographs.
We recommend the hand-wrapped baskets, which are made from the skin up. We offer two types of packages, the "Original Taste Package" (500 yen including tax) and the "Seafood Package" (800 yen including tax).
The "Seafood Xiao Long Bao" in particular is an extravagant dish that uses a lot of crab miso and scallops from Shanghai crab. After placing it on a spoon, first cut a slit with chopsticks and enjoy the hot soup.
Original and Seafood Xia Long Bao
Other reasonably priced apetizers include drunken prawns (320 yen including tax) marinated in a homemade Shaoxing wine based sauce, and tender chicken cooked at low temperature (650 yen including tax).
Kotora Komichi 17:00～23:30（LO 22:30）
Noodle Alley 11:30～14:00（LO 13:45）
※Open hours and closing days differ by stores
1 minute walk from Toranomon Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
1 minute walk from Toranomon Hills Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, Exit B4.