JP tower KITTE B1, 2-7-2, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo-to
Sun&Public Holiday 10:00`20:00iL.O.19:30j
Miso soup, rice and pickles - there is no doubt that this combination is Japanfs soul food. Due to differences in miso, soup stock and other ingredients, the taste of miso soup varies from region to region, so much so that it is possible to determine what type of miso soup a person likes based on where they grew up. Many couples experience a rift in their relationship caused by differences in the flavor of miso soup prepared by the partner. Unfortunately, this soul food is now at risk of dying out. Currently, the real flavors of miso soup can only be enjoyed at a certain level of restaurant. With the popularity of fast food, perhaps less than 10% of the population has the chance to drink authentic miso soup in the family home. Despite this, therefs a restaurant right in the center of Tokyo where you can try a variety of delicious miso soup flavors from around the country and itfs possible to order several types at the same time. The restaurant is always full so itfs best to visit soon after it opens or after 1pm. For people wanting to lose weight, it is possible to lose up to 10kg by eating miso soup three times a day every day for a week as this greatly reduces feelings of hunger. Misogen is a great restaurant to visit anytime youfre in Tokyo.
1 Chome - 7-1 Kajicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo-to
OPEN@Mon|Sat 11:30`14:00@17:30`21:00(Sut daytime only)
Tonkatsu is thickly sliced pork rolled in breadcrumbs and fried in oil. It is a remnant of the Western style dishes which developed following the introduction of French and Italian food to Japan. eKatsuf also means eto winf in Japanese, and there is a trend among people involved in competitions and rivalries to eat tonkatsu before competing. In particular, Tonkatsu Yamatofs eextra fine sirloin set mealf is a must- try. The easy-going owner seems to be able to sense when the oil temperature is within 65 C to 75 C, the appropriate range for cooking protein. While the pork is cooked thoroughly, the center part is slightly pink. When you bite it, the juice of the meat, rather than the fat, fills your mouth. Tonkatsu that is not flaky and slightly pink in the middle is not worth eating, regardless of the flavor or grade of pork. There are possibly ten tonkatsu restaurants of this caliber in Tokyo, but considering location and the price of dishes, this restaurant is probably the top one. In addition, itfs elegant retro exterior is a delight.
14-7 Nihonbashihakozakicho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo-to
Sat&Sun&Public Holiday Closed
If you want to eat Japanese food in Tokyo which is not only beautifully presented but is also truly delicious, the reality is youfll need to spend roughly 15,000 to 30,000 yen - really good things are expensive. However, you can enjoy authentic Japanese dining at this restaurant for approximately 10,000 yen. After all, the king of Japanese fish is not tuna, itfs red sea bream. Taifuji stocks the best sea bream available in Tokyo and here you can experience how thoroughly delicious sea bream can be. The selection of dishes is left to the chef and, while there isnft a wide variety of alcoholic drinks, you can enjoy some of the best Japanese food available for a reasonable price. The traditional style and ambience of the restaurant is also impressive. The flavors and portion sizes are very satisfying, and as dishes are prepared using virtually no grease, youfll notice you feel lighter the next day. Donft forget to order the fried sea bream head with ponzu sauce and soft-shelled turtle porridge at the end of your meal. Taifuji is a must-try - one of the best-kept secrets in Tokyo among connoisseurs of the culinary arts.
1st Floor Yougen Building, 6 Chome 3-17 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Sat&Sun&Public Holiday Closed
There are many Japanese foods that are presented beautifully but this is not limited to Japan; French and Italian dishes are the same. You only have to glance at a French or Italian chef enjoying their time in Japan to realize this. Many dine on various types of dishes at famous Japanese restaurants and return home a little heavier than when they arrived. Sushi (written in kanji as eι½f) restaurants hold a special place among these top class restaurants. Even many Japanese people are unaware that while the two ways of writing esushif in Japanese (eι½f and eυif) are read the same way, their meaning is quite different. Neither term is inferior, but the usage of each depends on the class and location of the restaurant. eι½f is the term most commonly used in Tokyo; in Kyoto, eυif is the standard term. Many agree that real authentic sushi can only be enjoyed in Japan and the best sushi restaurants in the country are in the Ginza district of Tokyo. While Ginza is an extremely small area of approximately one square kilometer, it is famous for being crowded with restaurants, bars, clothing and accessory shops built on the most expensive land in the country. There are around 200 sushi restaurants in this tiny district and the best of these is not only the best in Japan, but also the best in the world. Sukiyabashi Jiro and other top class sushi restaurants fight for supremacy with extremely refined and polished flavors. If you want to eat at these top class Ginza restaurants for a reasonable price and avoid footing a bill close to \30,000 for your evening meal, itfs best to go at midday. Iwa offers a lunch course for \8,000 which costs approximately \20,000 to \30,000 at night. This course would be an ample amount for most diners, but you can also add on additional sushi of your choice, such as prawns. The owner of Iwa is perhaps in his early forties and was a chef at Kanesaka, a famous, long-established restaurant in Ginza, before setting up Iwa. His talent is evident in the fact he started out with his own restaurant in Ginza at such a young age. It is obvious that he has a great future ahead of him. Experiencing the tea ceremony is another highlight of any trip to Ginza, but go first to Iwa and ask for a counter seat. Seats at tables are also available, but you can most the most of the experience from the counter seats. Like other top class sushi restaurants, watching the cheffs movements while cutting fish and making the sushi is like viewing an art form. For a mere \10,000, you can enjoy real sushi and gain an understanding of performing arts and zen meditation. You need to make a reservation as early as two or three months prior at other famous sushi restaurants in Ginza, however two weeks in advance is adequate at Iwa. This is certainly a restaurant to put on your list of places to visit when youfre in Tokyo.