Lunch in Japantown?
We'll be visiting in mid March, and plan to spend a few hours wandering around Japantown. Where do you recommend for lunch? We're open-minded: sushi, noodles, okonomiyaki. We are towing a 13 yr old who will not eat raw fish, but we enjoy it.....
I think tanpopo is better for ramen.
If you want something entertaining and more American than Japanese, there is Benihana which is teppanyaki.
There's a boat sushi place called isobune which is pretty good even though not made to order. Your 13 yo can look at all the food before picking something and you can also order off the menu.
There's a Japanese pasta place on the bridge in the mall. It's more different than great, but you can try some pasta dishes that Japanese people eat.
Ino sushi is great but very traditional and doesn't have much of a menu beyond raw fish.
After lunch you might want to walk north one block to a coffee shop called Benkyo-do to get daifuku.
No offense, but Sapporo-Ya is probably the worst ramen I've had.
Suzu and Tanpopo are probably the best bets in J-town for ramen.
Ino & Sushi aka Tombo for sushi.
Doobu for Korean fare.
Mums for all you can eat Shabu Shabu.
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I like the smaller version of Mifune Don in the mall, close to the hotel.
Mifune Don Restaurant
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I think Takara's the best option for lunchtime cooked food (not a noodle shop or sushi bar). They have a fine quality sushi bar too.
Mifune is a long-time favorite. I always get the same things, so hard to say what's good besides the Mifune special with the cold noodles and tempura.
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