Restaurants

Top Choice Ramen in Ginza & Tsukiji

Kagari

Don't get confused – even though the English sign outside Kagari says 'Soba', this stands for chūka soba, meaning Chinese noodles, ie ramen. Kagari's luscious, flavoursome chicken broth makes all the difference here…
Top Choice Izakaya in Ueno, Yanesen & Komagome

Shinsuke

In business since 1925, Shinsuke has honed the concept of an ideal izakaya to perfection: long cedar counter, 'master' in happi (traditional short coat) and hachimaki (traditional headband), and smooth-as-silk dai-g…
Top Choice Izakaya in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Shirube

It's a toss up as to which has the most character here: the inventive fusion dishes or the charismatic staff. Either way, Shirube is among Tokyo's most beloved izakaya. Don’t miss the aburi saba (blow-torch grilled …
Top Choice Japanese in Ueno, Yanesen & Komagome

Innsyoutei

In a gorgeous wooden building dating back to 1875, Innsyoutei (pronounced 'inshotei' and meaning 'rhyme of the pine cottage') has long been a favourite spot for fancy kaiseki-style meals while visiting Ueno-kōen. Wi…
Top Choice Sushi in Ginza & Tsukiji

Kyūbey

Since 1936, Kyūbey’s quality and presentation has won it a moneyed and celebrity clientele. Even so, this is a supremely foreigner-friendly and relaxed restaurant. The friendly owner Imada-san speaks excellent Engli…
Top Choice Izakaya in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Donjaca

The platonic ideal of a Shōwa-era (1926–89) izakaya, Donjaca, in business since 1979, has red leather stools, paper-lantern lighting and hand-written menus on the wall. The food is equal parts classic (grilled fish …
Top Choice 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…
Top Choice Tonkatsu in Ebisu, Meguro & Around

Tonki

Tonki is a Tokyo tonkatsu (crumbed pork cutlet) legend, deep-frying pork cutlets, recipe unchanged, for nearly 80 years. The seats at the counter – where you can watch the perfectly choreographed chefs – are the mos…
Top Choice Japanese in Asakusa & Sumida River

Otafuku

Over a century old, Otafuku specialises in oden (a classic Japanese stew). It's simmered at the counter and diners pick what they want from the pot. You can dine cheaply on radishes and kelp, or splash out on scallo…
Top Choice Tonkatsu in Harajuku & Aoyama

Maisen

You could order something else (maybe fried shrimp), but everyone else will be ordering the famous tonkatsu (breaded, deep-fried pork cutlets). There are different grades of pork on the menu, including prized kurobu…