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moremoet4me Feb 22, 2011 11:37 AM

Am reposting with a proper title! Sorry--new to this board.

Traveling to Tokyo with 3 kids--1 teen, 1 college age, and 1 in grade school. Need dinner suggestions for great/fun place where dinner will not take more than 90 mins and has kid friendly Japanese food--shabu shabu, soba or similar--nothing too exotic, but not too tame either. Will be staying at either the Mandarin or the Penninsula. Many thanks for any help you can lend!

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    Steve Mar 6, 2011 11:01 AM

    I went with my teen to Tokyo summer before last and I have two excellent recommendations - totally teen approved.

    The first is fancy - Hatsu Tsubomi in Akihabara. We stumbled into this place with no reservation wearing casual clothes, and it's an experience we'll remember for the rest of our lives. We over-ordered and spent Y3,150 per person. My report is below:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/648359#4987614

    Website in Japanese, but with a map on the ‘profile’ page to help locate the place:
    http://www.danke-bros.co.jp/04-sei_hattubomi.html

    The next suggestion is Gyoza Stadium and Ice Cream City, both in Namjatown. Namjatown is a two-story indoor theme park located in Sunshine City Ikebukuro, a four building complex that contains an aquarium, a zoo, a planetarium, a shopping mall, and a 60th floor observation deck. Lots of good things to eat in Gyoza Stadium, which is a made to look like a warren of alleyways circa 1958. Seek out the place with the shredded garlic gyoza (you'll have to snoop around for this, there was a lady handing out laminated menus) and one place in the corner had their own mini-restaurant with about six tables and some really great gyoza, vegetables, soups and other small snacks. High, high quality. You pay a base admission to get into Namjatown - don't pay for the attractions unless you are fluent in Japanese.

    I have no language skills, and we survived pretty well.

    Website in Japanese, but with a pdf in English:
    http://www.namja.jp/

    Sunshine City website in Japanese:
    http://www.sunshinecity.co.jp/

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      edozanmai Mar 2, 2011 12:15 AM

      I have taken friends' teenage kids toTsukishima for monjayaki and okonomiyaki and they always had a good time. Maybe because playing with your food is required. Plus, it's an easy walk from Tsukiji.

      1. Sushi Otaku Mar 1, 2011 11:03 PM

        If you find yourself in Ikebukuro, go to Namja Town in the Sunshine City Plaza. There is an entrance fee (300 yen) but you'll have access to the Gyoza Museum which will be fun for all three kids as they have various gyoza restaurants, games, and best of all an Ice Cream Museum as well for dessert. If you remember, this was featured on Bizarre Foods a couple of seasons ago.

        http://www.namja.jp/img/pdf/guidemap.pdf

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          moremoet4me Mar 1, 2011 08:14 AM

          Thanks! These are very helpful.

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            yamanote Feb 26, 2011 08:50 PM

            Gonpachi at Nishi Azabu crossing is a good choice. Something for everyone, decent prices.

            This is where Koizumi took Bush for Dinner in 2002.

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              davey.c Feb 23, 2011 06:08 PM

              Ninja Akasaka is probably your best bet: http://www.ninjaakasaka.com/

              The food is inoffensive and quite tasty, much better than you would normally expect from a theme restaurant, and the place itself is actually kinda cool.

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