Marunouchi (Tokyo station area) recs
Just started a job in Marunouchi near Tokyo station. Any good lunch recommendations?
Plenty of great places. How far are you from the Tokyo Building and Tokia restaurant complex? Viron for the sandwiches, Il Ghiottone for Japanese-Italian dishes, and several great shops inside as well in the basement. Also, have not been, but the pork restaurant looks very interesting. I think it is on the 3rd or 4th floor. Of course, you have Daimaru in the station as well as interesting ramen shops in the basement of Tokyo station.
Jucheim (sp?) in the basement of Marubiru has great breads and salads for take out. There was a space with tables at which you could eat your purchases...not sure if it is still there as things change so quickly. Also, Senbikiya has nice sandwiches and curry, but best of all, great desserts with super delicious and high quality fruit. Maremma is good for pizza...but not sure of location...a free standing cafe near one of the zillion Mizuho Bank buildings around there.
Vinpicoeur Marunouchi is a great lunch place! They do foie gras rice bowl(Y1280) every Monday lunch time which is absolutely delicious. Roasted pork is very good too.
English review here:
Foie gras "don" picture here:
Thank you everyone. Two colleagues took me to the Maru Biru and had a good experience. I went to Ichiya-Ichiya on the 6th floor. Excellent grilled fish (yaki-zakana).
My friends also told me there is a great tofu place on the 5th floor. Will report back.
I have a few updates. The tofu place on the 6th floor of Maru Biru is excellent. It is an outpost of a Kyoto tofu restaurant called Fujino (near Kitano no Tenmangu shrine in Kyoto). I went for lunch. They had a few sets, I chose the middle one (oboro-tofu-zen) for 2100 yen and most things were very good. Excellent yuba sashimi, some light croquettes, good goma-dofu. The regular tofu was not as good as places in Kyoto (something in the flavor was missing) but the tofu soft ice cream was very good for dessert. I am off to try the Shabu shabu place on the 30-somethign floor. It is old Kyoto institution.
Also tried Tsuruhan, a Kyoto dining (ie kyoto veggies and tofu) restaurant inside the Tokyo International forum. Very average. Reasonably priced but the food was plain and felt like it came out of a conveyor belt.
Finally, for some reason, people keep taking me to Sagami on the 8th floor of the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce (at Babasaki-mon). Nothing special to report. Food is overpriced and ok, the view of the imperial palace is however spectacular.
The Exchange - gourmet sandwiches on the ground floor of the Palace building which adjoins the Palace Hotel.
Kua Aina Burger - in the Maru Biru
Da Cibo - Pizzeria in Kitchen Street (Tokyo Eki)
The shabu shabu place on the high floor of Maru Biru (Moritaya) is pretty good. But it doesn't compare with the original in Kyoto which I got to try with my wife as well. If you want good shabu shabu in Tokyo, my fav so far is Okahan in Ginza.