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Apr 13, 2009 12:07 PM

8 nights in Tokyo

Hey everyone!

I just booked that flight to Tokyo and will be there from 4/25- 5/3. I am staying at my friends apartment in Ningyocho and will also be taking 2 day trips to Kamakura and Nikko. I am a huge foody and the Japanese cuisine is probably the driving force for my trip to Tokyo. I have been doing some research, but I thought I would ask you for all of your recommendations.

I am basically looking for the best places to get:

Sushi (both inside and outside the fish market)
And anything else with which malls to go to for food, or other types of food to try.

I am not trying to spend too much money on food, but I do want to go to the best spots and I am willing to pay for them. Above all, I am looking for the places that the locals go to. Also, if you have a recommendation for one or two amazing meals that is real expensive, that is fine too. Thanks in advance....I am looking forward to your answers!

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  1. I am a first time I need to be more specific in terms of neighborhood or budget? Please let me know what I should change so I can get some feedback. Thanks!

    9 Replies
    1. re: exchef13

      I'm pretty sure all of these topics have been covered before on the board; try a search. Try tabelog as well, where you can list restaurants reviewed by "neighbourhood" and cuisine. It takes a lot of effort to plan someone's entire eating itinerary; it is of much greater help if you've done your research beforehand, then ask. I can guarantee that all the recommendations for Tokyo for these styles of food will be the exact same as what has been previously recommended numerous times on the board.

      1. re: exchef13

        Sorry exchef, but that's right.
        We've talked at length about yakitori places, ramen joints, tempura shops.
        Try searching a bit.

        Yakitori - Keishoan is recommended by Robb S, but I like Fuku the best.
        Ramen - so many different styles, it's tough to choose a place.
        Sushi - talked about quite a bit, you should probably have a budget in mind before you choose a place.

        Search as much as you can on this board, and then if you have specific questions about certain places we'd be happy to answer.
        Check out exilekiss's posts, she did a report after following a bunch of great recommendations.

        1. re: lost squirrel

          Yes, what they said - do a quick search and get some ideas first, and people will be happy to answer specific questions.

          As for yakitori, I probably prefer Fuku, Kushibeh, Jusanya and maybe a few other places over Keishoan. However for a group of five or six non-Japanese-speaking tourists staying in Shinjuku, Keishoan seemed like a good choice.

          1. re: Robb S

            I liked Kushibeh too, the broth to start the meal was a very nice touch. I'm not a fan of Jusanya, but that has nothing to do with the food (which was very good).

            Exchef, I could be easily persuaded to accompany you to Fuku on the 25th, but with your jetlag it may be too early in your trip. lostsquirrel(at)gmail if ya'd like.

            1. re: lost squirrel

              Hey everyone,

              Sorry for the initial posts. I have now done some research and I want to see what everyone thinks of my choices and if you have any other suggestions.

              Tonkatsu - Tonki

              Ramen - Menya Kissou, Rokurinsha, I think these two serve the same style Ramen. Is there another place I should try with a different style?

              Sushi - Sushi Mizunati looks like the place to go, but I am not sure I want to spend $300 for a meal. Are there other places people can recommend that have great quality fish but are a little less expensive? In this case I am especially curious where the locals go.

              Yakitori - Fuku

              Tempura - Kondo or Mikawa

              Eel - Komagata Dojo

              I am still looking for good soba, udon, dumblings....If anyone cant point me in the right direction taht would be much appreciated!

              Lost Squirrel - I really appreciate the invitation, but I am still working on my itinerary. I will let you know as soon as I figure everything out if Fuku on the 25th works for me. It is so nice of you to extend the offer!

              1. re: exchef13

                For udon, I like the cheap stuff and go with Norabow.
                I like the cold udon with fried chicken, if you go it's called tori-ten-oroshi udon.

                Also, if you go for dinner they have a few course meals so you won't have to worry about ordering.
                Here's a picture menu of some of their more popular dishes:

                1. re: lost squirrel

                  Norabow looks awesome....thanks for the suggestion lost squirrel! What are your favorite sushi spots in Tokyo?

                  1. re: exchef13

                    I'm not terribly well-versed in the higher end sushi spots. My sole experience has been at Dai San Harumi and it was phenomenal, but expensive and slightly stressful.

                    For conveyor belt sushi, the best is Pintokona in Roppongi Hills but it's expensive. Sorry I can't help with any middle ground places.

                    At the fish market, you can't go wrong with Dai Sushi (sushi dai?) or Daiwa Sushi. You'll recognize both by the extraordinarily long lines. Both are very close to each other.

                    A friend who lived near the area, always recommended a certain Zanmai sushi ( but I've never tried it. Looks cheap/good to me. They have tons of locations as well.

                2. re: exchef13

                  As for ramen:

                  I urge anyone fancying ramen to view Rameniac's encyclopedic website. He has a good palate, rarely gives perfect scores, and I trust his ramen judgment implicitly.

                  We just got back from 2 weeks in Japan, with 6 nights in Tokyo. At Rameniac's advice, we enjoyed EVERY SINGLE bite/slurp of our bowl at (that rarest of rare perfect score establishments) Ramen Jiro in Minato-ku. It was a 45 minute wait for a seat, but well worth it.

                  Ramen Jiro
                  2-14-11 Mita, Minato-ku (open 1000h-1600h, or whenever the broth runs out for the day)