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Ideas? Visiting Tokyo next week!

mlo Dec 9, 2006 09:39 PM


I'm visiting Tokyo for a week and would appreciate any advice on food/restaurants I shouldn't miss.



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  1. kep RE: mlo Dec 12, 2006 12:58 PM

    My favorite place to plan eating my way through Tokyo is www.bento.com
    It's in English, and provides options to search by cuisine or neighborhood. Very handy.

    What are you looking for?

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      mlo RE: mlo Dec 14, 2006 10:06 PM

      thanks kep! i'll check out the bento site. i am really open to anything.

      it's friday, 12/15 and i just got here last night. i'm staying at a hotel in tachikawa until tomorrow afternoon (friend is working here), heading to shinjuku for the day, i think. hoping to find dinner around the area before i head to the cerulean hotel tomorrow for a few days. so excited to be here!

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      1. re: mlo
        Silverjay RE: mlo Dec 14, 2006 11:13 PM

        I know Tachikawa actually, but unless you speak(read) Japanese, can't help you...There's plenty of Shibuya area recs here on the Chowhound Japan board though. You should probably be more specific with your requests.

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        cls RE: mlo Dec 15, 2006 04:41 AM

        There are so many restaurants in Tokyo, you will probably never even find the same place twice. Believe me, I have looked trying to return to a great place. Wander around and in to places and have your own unique experiences. Things I would not miss in Tokyo are: Yakitori under some rail station, Tsukiji for sushi, and little coffees from vending machines.
        I would pass on dessert just about everywhere however.

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        1. re: cls
          kep RE: cls Dec 15, 2006 04:49 AM

          Blarg! I would avoid vending machine coffee at all costs! Tastes like aluminum!

          I s'pose you have to try it once though ;)

        2. filmlabrat RE: mlo Dec 15, 2006 05:00 AM

          Get up about 4AM and head down to the Tokyo fish market. Browse around for about and hour and be absolutely amazed.

          At around 5AM all the vendors start ringing their bells indicating that it's time for auction. There is an incredible frenzy for about half an hour until everything is sold. For the next half hour eveybody carts off their buys.

          So about 6AM you want to join some of the locals and have some hot noodles in one of the local shops around the market. At that time of the morning, after being up for a couple of hours, anything hot and nutritious will taste like the finest gourmet meal you've ever enjoyed.

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          1. re: filmlabrat
            js288uk RE: filmlabrat Dec 15, 2006 08:23 PM

            Be prepared for a long wait at Tsukiji - to find the best sushi masters' places in the inner circle the longest lines are usually a good indicator. We went three times, this smmer, waited for 90 mins each time, but was worth it. The lines and sushi lasts until about 11 am. The little places doing unagi/rice and other dishes are also very good, if you dont have the time/energy.

            Virtually impossible to give directions or find places twice in Tokyo so I wont try - in Shibuya, Shinjuku etc, walk around, check out the plastic models, smells, customers etc and venture into eating places - most are great. Sometimes local friends know good places sometimes they cant be relied on if not foodies. There are places specialising in unagi, ramen, tempura-udon or for small fish etc which are usually superb for that one kind of food.

            The bento boxes at Tokyo station are superb. If you go to Kyoto, a great place to eat, one just once, not many times, is the food court at the train station, walk thru and select which place you want to eat. We tried the unago place, one of the ramen shops, a little stall serving chestnut puffs, tempura, and wished we could have done more.

            1. re: js288uk
              eatfood RE: js288uk Mar 21, 2007 09:33 AM

              Is there a particular bento box vendor that you recommend? Or are you just talking about bento boxes in general?

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