Japan is the country with the rich culinary culture. Especially Tokyo, where offers typical dishes of the cuisine of the cherry blossoms nation. If you have a chance to visit Tokyo, you should enjoy the following dishes:
- Onigiri at 7-11 (Multiple locations)
In Tokyo, convenience store sushi is very popular. 7-11 is good for getting a quick and healthy lunch and reasonable prices. In here, the sushi is solid and onigiri takes the cake. They include 4 boxes: handheld, crunchy, cheap, delicious.
- Tonkotsu Ramen at Ichiran 1 Chome-22-7 Jinnan, Shibuya
Ichiran is a great place for you when finding a perfect bowl of ramen in Tokyo by allowing you to customize your bowl as wanted. After ordering, your order is placed on the vending machine, you will have to answers some questions about your desires in noodles, spicy, broth… After that, you just need to wait to be led into your space and enjoyed Tonkotsu Ramen.
- Wagyu Beef at Kisoji Shinjuku (3-17-5 Shinjuku, Shinjuku)
When being in Tokyo, you should not miss Wagyu. The best place for you to enjoy the dish is Kisoji which located on upstairs in a shopping center. Thin slices of wagyu beef, shabu-shabu in hot water; vegetables are dunked in either the ponzu or special sesame sauce. You have to repeat continuously “shabu shabu” unless you be asked to leave.
- Japanese Breakfast at Girandole in the Park Hyatt Hotel (3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku)
If you want to have a breakfast with the taste of traditions, you should not ignore Girandole at the Park Hyatt Hotel. In your breakfast, You will get a fresh box, fried tofu, cooked and raw fish, tamago, miso soup and rice. Arriving here, you can enjoy all of them in one of the city’s sexiest views. It is great!
- Cocktails at Gen Yamamoto (1-6-4 Azabu-Juban, Minato-ku)
To find the beverages in Tokyo is not difficult. However you should try the cocktails at Gen Yamamoto, a bar opens within the afternoon. It is a small and spectacular space with some bartenders. In here, you can find seasonal cocktails such as muddled fava beans, shochu, daikon radish, sake wine and Bloody Mary is a special thing.
- Tsukemen at Fu-unji (2-14-3, Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku)
Fu-unji is a great restaurant located in under a road in Tokyo. You have to take your order with a machine check outside for one of the few seats here. You are here to eat tsukemen instead of ramen. That dish is a bowl of chicken and fish broth, bamboo shoots, pork, and egg, with special noodles. Besides, you can join in some games when coming here for eating, such as Dip the Noodle, Eat the Noodle.
- Breakfast at Sushi Zanmai (Tsukiji Market, 4-4-3 Tsukiji, Chuo)
If you arrive Tsukiji morning market, you should go to Sushi Zanmai to have a delicious breakfast but have not to wait for a long time. You just need to take an order and sit at the bar to watch the chefs’ work. The staples are very special like the massive eels, the aces crabs, and the natural ikura.
- Gyoza at Harajuku Gyoza Lou (6-2-4 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku)
Gyoza is not popular in Tokyo but Harajuku Gyoza Lou is quite famous. The menu here is simple with the fried, steamed, couple sides dishes. Located on a side street off the main drag between Harajuku and Omotesando, it is convenient for many people who walked around the area to enjoy that dish and be full.
- Doppio at Omotesando Koffee (4-15-3 Jingumae, Shibuya)
Tokyo people often buy coffee from vending machine, yet Omotesando is an interesting place for tourists and locals to sip on the delicious cups of coffee. The coffee here is clean, sweet and tasty. You should have a cappuccino or latte for yourself if once visiting here, it is better if you also order the dessert bites from the counter.
- Yakiniku at Banya (2-2-15 Konan, Minato)
Korean barbecue is the thing you can not forget in Tokyo. Yakiniku is the common grill-your-own-meat-plus-kimchi meal on the streets. Banya is the place you should arrive to enjoy that dish. The booth is located in the small alleyway near the Shinagawa train station. Order short ribs, kimchi and start grilling. The fare is about $10-12 per person./.
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