Restaurants

Top Choice Tempura in West Tokyo

Tensuke

An entirely legitimate candidate for eighth wonder of the modern world is Tensuke's tamago (egg) tempura. We don't know how the chef (who is quite a showman) does it, but the egg comes out batter-crisp on the outsid…
Steak in West Tokyo

Steak House Satou

This is a classic Japanese-style steak house, where the meat is cooked at the counter on a teppan (iron hot plate), diced before serving and paired with rice, miso soup and pickles. It's also excellent value, consid…
Izakaya in West Tokyo

Okajōki

The yaki-zakana (焼き魚; grilled fish) lunch here is legendary. The fish are roasted around a large central hearth, and are served as a set with rice, miso soup and pickles. There's no English menu, but some common fis…
Yakitori in West Tokyo

Tetchan

Located inside the labyrinthine covered market Harmonica-yokochō, Tetchan has been drawing locals for years. But it's now become something of a tourist destination too, thanks to its new interior of acrylic 'ice' by…
Street Food in West Tokyo

Kōenji Gādo-shita

This is Kōenji's signature eating and drinking strip, a collection of shabby (and cheap!) yakitori joints, spruced-up wine bars and more underneath the overhead JR tracks. Since most places are super-tiny, and the r…
Izakaya in West Tokyo

Manboshi

Right at the tip of Inokashira-kōen (and steps from Inokashira-kōen Station) is this little tavern whose name means '10,000 stars'. Work your way through the park and then stop here for its sundown special: an assor…
Ice Cream in West Tokyo

Daily Chiko

A Nakano legend and one of Nakano Broadway's few original shops, this ice-cream counter features eight flavours of soft-serve – and you can get them all in one towering cone (¥490). Or just two or three, if you beli…
Ramen in West Tokyo

Harukiya

Harukiya, open since 1949, is one of Tokyo's oldest ramen shops – so old that the menu here says 'chuka-soba' ('Chinese' soba, which the egg noodle dish was called when it was still an exotic import). The shop serve…
Street Food in West Tokyo

Yanagi-dōri

If there is any place that sums up the essence of the Chuo-line, it's this collection of small, slightly crumbling bars and restaurants, where much of the carousing happens in the street (which is too narrow for car…
Yakitori in West Tokyo

Iseya

This long-running yakitori shop (the building was redone a few years ago) is popular with park-goers who line-up in front of the takeaway window for picnic skewers. The English menu is for the main restaurant, which…