10 Things to eat in Tokyo and where

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Joel Fulleda
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When traveling, food is very important. Through the typical dishes we know the culture of a people, its customs and the way of conceiving the day. For this we have decided to give you some ideas on what to eat in Tokyo. In this avant-garde city it is often difficult to find your way around, but the food is a great help, especially to breathe a little and find relief from the chaos of the city.
Some of the dishes we will talk about you already know thanks to manga (ramen, okonomiyaki, etc.), others are more particular and sought after and potentially "deadly" if cooked badly. precise "soaking" rituals like the sushi, here, in our opinion, i 10 dishes you absolutely must try in Tokyo.



Index

  1. Yakitori
  2. Takoyaki
  3. Room
  4. Tempura
  5. Sushi
  6. Okonomiyaki
  7. Fugu (Puffer Fish)
  8. 8 -Tonkatsu
  9. Windows
  10. Unagi (Anguilla)
  11. Where to eat in Tokyo: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Yakitori

Yakitori are skewers of meat, usually chicken, which are cooked on the grill. The appearance is very similar to that of very Italian arrosticini (forgive for this comparison, but to see them they look very similar) and, just like these, one leads to another. In Tokyo you can find them almost everywhere since it is one of the many local "street foods". Their peculiarity is that you can choose which cut of meat to use: breast, thigh but also liver or skin. To dress them you can choose between simple salt, or with soy sauce.



  • Recommended for: always
  • Average cost: 130 yen per piece
  • Main ingredients: chicken, spices

2 - Takoyaki

It is octopus and batter-based meatballs, with the addition of pieces of tempura, ginger and onion. Along with the Yakitori, these perfectly spherical shaped meatballs are one of the most popular street foods in Tokyo. They are generally served in paper "boats", garnished with mayonnaise and / or Otafuku sauce.

  • Recommended for: always
  • Average cost: 500 yen
  • Main ingredients: octopus, tempura, onion, marinated ginger

3 - Soba

It is one of the most popular dishes (and raw materials) in Tokyo. These particular buckwheat noodles are a bit of a wild card in Japanese cuisine: you can find them combined with any type of seasoning, from meat to seaweed to broth. In Tokyo you could eat different dishes based on soba: they range from kake soba, where they are dipped in boiling broth, to zaru soba, a dish in which these noodles are served cold.

  • Recommended for: dinner
  • Average cost: 1000 yen
  • Main ingredients: soba, vegetables, broth

4- Tempura

With Tempura you are on the safe side, even if you don't particularly like Tokyo cuisine. Tempura is a fry characterized by a very light batter, which contains pieces of vegetables and prawns. It is usually served with an accompanying sauce in which to soak the tempura pieces. Usually the same restaurants that offer Sushi also have Tempura on their menu.



  • Recommended for: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: 1500 yen
  • Main ingredients: batter, vegetables, prawns

5 - Sushi

We have practically all eaten sushi at least once in our life. Eating it in Tokyo, however, is something else entirely. You can find these "rolls" of rice and fish almost everywhere. You will find them served accompanied by soy sauce and wasabi in all shapes, from nigiri, shaped by hand with fish gently placed on rice, to temaki, in the shape of a cone. In theory, each piece of sushi is a unique bite, but take it easy: one leads to another and 20 pieces are gone in no time.

  • Recommended for: lunch and dinner
  • average cost: 2500 yen
  • Main ingredients: rice, fish, wasabi, seaweed

6 - Okonomiyaki

It is another joker of Japanese cuisine. The main ingredient for Okonomiyaki is a cabbage leaf mixed with eggs and flour, used to wrap whatever you like. It is a kind of omelette cooked on the grill and served with mayonnaise and a sweet and sour sauce called okonymsyaki.

  • Recommended for: always
  • Average cost: 3000 yen
  • Main ingredients: cabbage, eggs, flour, okonymsyaki

7 - Fugu (Puffer Fish)

We could not miss the Fugu since it is one of the dishes that made Tokyo's cuisine famous in the world. It is a dish where the only ingredient is puffer fish, served in the form of sashimi. This fish contains a life-threatening toxin and for this reason, Fugu should only be eaten if prepared by expert hands. Despite everything, it is advisable not to eat too much: the toxin in fact, even if in a minor form, remains present in the flesh of the fish and many who have tried it have felt a slight numbness of the tongue. It is an expensive dish, but for once in a lifetime it can be done.



  • Recommended for: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: 9000 yen
  • Main ingredients: puffer fish

8 -Tonkatsu

This dish will delight lovers of Milanese cutlet. In fact, Tonkatsu is one pork cutlet about 2 cm high which is breaded and fried. It is served already cut into small pieces and accompanied by cabbage and a miso soup.

  • Recommended for: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: 900 yen
  • Main ingredients: pork, cabbage, miso soup.

9 - Ramen

It could not be missing from the 10 dishes that you absolutely must try in Tokyo. Ramen is a broth that contains noodles, meat, seaweed, vegetables, eggs, etc. There are all kinds of them, from Tonkotsu, with a broth made with pork bones, miso, salt and soy sauce, to Abura Soba, typical of the Kanto area. Here you will find a very special type of ramen, which is without broth.

  • Recommended for: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: 2000 yen
  • Main ingredients: noodles, meat, vegetables

10 - Unagi (Anguilla)

It is quite particular as a dish, but many of you will have no problem eating it. It is in fact cooked eel first steamed and then flavored on the grill and served on a bed of rice. Its peculiarity lies in the cut of the meat, made for the entire length of the eel.

  • Recommended for: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: 3000 yen
  • Main ingredients: eel, rice

Where to eat in Tokyo: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

Colorful and with unpronounceable names, served on rectangular trays in Japanese porcelain or directly on hot plates or pots placed in the center of the table, the dishes of the typical Tokyo cuisine are tasty paths of no return.
To try and experiment, browsing among seaweed, steamed rice and tasty ramen based on soy or miso, savoring an authentic and tasty cuisine and knowing one of the main aspects of the identity of this wonderful city.
There are many ways in which it will be possible to approach this cuisine: from the Food Hall of Isetan, a gallery full of shops and restaurants; to the Omoide Yokocho, a cheerful alley entirely dedicated to grilled food.
Among the most famous districts for typical gastronomy: Gindako, if you want to try an excellent Japanese street food; Memory Lane, for foods based mainly on meat; Shibuya Station, Futakotamagawa Station and Jiyugaoka Station for Ramen or Udon.
Here are the best places to eat in Tokyo:

1 - Omoide Yokocho

  • Description: path of mini outdoor restaurants, entirely dedicated to Japanese cuisine "cooked on the grill"
  • specialty: yakitori with sake or shochu (chicken skewers)
  • Average price: from € 30,00 per person
  • Address: 1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0023 - Get Directions - Website

2 - Ougi Sushi

  • Description: the right place to make a romantic and appetizing journey through the flavors of the authentic Rising Sun
  • specialty: sushi
  • Average price: from € 25,00 per person
  • Address: 3 Chome - 21 - 5 Shinjuku - Get directions - Facebook page

3 - Ippudo

  • Description: well-known chain of restaurants, specializing in ramen
  • specialty: Ramen (Japanese noodles in meat or fish broth, accompanied by vegetables, seaweed and eggs)
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: 4-10-3 | 1F Central Building, Chuo 104-0061 - Get Directions - Website

4 - Tsukiji Market

  • Description: open-air gastronomy, for a walk through flavors and colors
  • specialty: tuna and fresh fish
  • Average price: from € 4,00 per person
  • Address: 5 Chome-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo City - Get directions

5 - Tonkatsu Maisen

  • Description: cozy restaurant, in perfect Japanese style, a stone's throw from Omotesando station
  • specialty: Tonkatsu (Japanese cutlet)
  • Average price: from € 8,00 per person
  • Address: 4-8-5 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture - Get Directions - Website

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