Leaving for Tokyo on Thursday, need help with my project.
Hi, I'm about to return to Tokyo for some spring university classes on Thursday; I'll be there for about a month.
I'm doing a project about good places to eat in Tokyo for affordable prices. If you guys have any suggestions let me know. (exilekiss's blog has been a great help!)
Moreover, it's not limited to restaurants, if you know good pastry, cake, dessert, bread places in Tokyo please let me know.
Also some recommendations of some affordable michelin star restaurants would be nice.
Afterwards, I will be traveling the whole of Japan for another two months.
This will encompass (in this order)
Okinawa Island, Nagasaki, Karatsu, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Osaka, Kyoto, Hakodate, Sapporo, Furano, Asahikawa, Shiretoko, Aomori
I'm not too concerned about Osaka or Kyoto, but for some of the other places, suggestions would be great!
Addresses would be helpful, maps even better!
Thank you kindly for any help,
I guess around 5000yen sounds reasonable for me for lunch. 5000-10000 yen for dinner sounds about right for a Michelin star restaurant. I'm trying to keep in mind my audience is mainly students who are foodies but don't quite have the cash to fork out 20000-30000 yen for a meal. Sure Exilekiss, I'll definitely keep you guys posted if I find an good finds. =D
That's also true, good suggestion. :)
There was one day in my Japan Trip last month that we were in such a hurry that we were taken by a local friend to a Kaiten Sushi restaurant near Nakano Sun Road / Nakano Broadway. What was so amazing was that the *freshness* and *quality* of the fish at that Kaiten Sushi place *exceeded* many of the "decent / mid-range" Sushi bars in L.A.! (>_>)
In total that Kaiten Sushi place cost us only about ~1300 Yen per person and we were full!
I would recommend you to surf Robb's website http://www.bento.com/tokyofood.html , it is perhaps the best guide to eating in Japan in English. Many izakaya are listed there in different neighborhoods.
Ramen is popular here, many ramen places have been recommended in the past, and they are all within your budget. Just type "ramen" on above board.
I have recommended these affordable places in past threads :
-curry udon : Sugamo's Konaya (古奈屋) ,
-yakiniku : Toraji chain,
-yakiniku : http://www.jojoen.co.jp/ ,
-fugu : http://www.tettiri.com/ ,
-oden : http://www.otako.co.jp/ ,
-oysters, yakitori, steak : http://r.gnavi.co.jp/g398512/ ,
-Korean : http://www.bento.com/rev/1479.html
I would suggest you to visit the Michelin restaurants for lunch, which are within your budget (5-10k) except the high end sushi, kaiseki, and fugu places. Dinner gets more expensive. You can get more details by buying the Michelin guide book which provides the budget details for each restaurant.
Good luck with your trip and have fun! :) I wish I could be of more help besides the restaurants I wrote about (that's about all I ate at). (I'll wrote more after my next Japan Trip for sure! :).
If you can, write back to CH (or e-mail me / post on my blog) about any interesting places you run across on your mammoth trip through Japan! (^_~)
Actually quite a few Michelin-starred restaurants offer prix-fixe lunches for under Y5000, some quite a bit under.
There are some relatively reasonable dinner menus too. Just browsing quickly, I've found La Table de Joel Robuchon starts at Y6000, Abe at Y5775, Chez Tomo at Y6360.