Traveling to Tokyo for 2 weeks... help me eat well!
I'm a semi-lurker on the Toronto Chowhound boards, but for the last two weeks in October I will be in Tokyo on business. It's my first time to Japan. I'll be staying Saturday-Saturday, and will be working normal hours (~8:30-6 I'm guessing) on weekdays, so I'll have 3 weekend days plus evenings to go out and do stuff. I'm looking forward to trying anything and everything I can get my hands (or mouth) on, but I have no idea where to start.
I'll be staying at the ANA Hotel Tokyo in Akasaka, Minato-ku, so that will be my starting point for most food journeys.
I'll have a decent, but not extravagant, per diem, but I should be able to do a couple highish-end meals. However, I'm sure there are a lot of great cheap- to average-priced eats out there too.
I'm open to pretty much everything, although my knowledge of Japanese cuisine is somewhat limited at this point. Help me out Chowhounders!
Craig, your type of post is quite common. If you do a search on this board you will come up with previous posts that list up plenty of restaurants by cuisine and you should be able to put together a nice little itinerary. You're in an excellent central location and you'll be able to eat well.
It's hard to go wrong on a first trip to Tokyo. Wander in places that look good. Definitely try Tsukiji fish market for sushi though.
Hey Craig, hope you get this in time. I can recommend two very good ramen shops in your area:
Janagara Ramen is a very good, distinct tonkotsu soup- some of the best you can get in Tokyo. And Azabu Ramen is a good place as well with several types of soup. Both places are located on Sotobori, which is the main drag in Akasaka-Mitsuke with a couple of high-rises. Jangara is between the Sanno Park Tower and the Tokyu Hotel. Azabu Ramen is located directly across from the Sanno Park Tower. Both are ten minutes from your hotel. Both are cheap and tasty.
I agree with CLS. wandering around tokyo you can't go wrong anywhere. i actually had Japanese KFC in tokyo and loved it. The recipe is different. i think there is nori in the batter. birdland for yakitori is in ginza. there is no sign and it's in the basement of a building next to the karaoke place kitty corner to the sony building. near the ginza station.
Sorry I'm too late for this thread. Just in case you've been held over longer than anticipated, or in case you plan to go again, I would second the recs of the above-posters and add one thing: Ueno, one of the oldest and most atmospheric sections of Tokyo, makes for excellent wandering and some good, cheap eats as well. One Ramen joint, called Shoyu, has decent Ramen and the best gyoza I've ever eaten. Have had countless bowls of great Ramen and tempura udon in the streets of Shinjuku, Shibuya, name it. I would also heartily recommend a day spent at the Ramen Museum in nearby Yokohama - it features big bowls and smaller samples by a rotating roster of legitimate nationally celebrated ramen chefs.
If you are back, I would be interested to know where you wandered, what you tried, what kind of a time you had. (Not that I'm in doubt).