This is the page for delicious food. If you’re looking for a crazy only-in-Japan theme restaurant/café experience, go to the #crazycafes page instead.
Blacow in Ebisu
Amazing burgers, with an interesting Japanese twist
Might be the best burgers in the world • Perfectly cooked meat, homemade buns, build-your-own additions & condiments
Café Bechet in Ginza
One of the most amazing cups of coffee you’ll ever drink • Beans roasted daily • Weighed out, ground and hand-dripped, cup by cup • Charming pre-war style café with music by French jazz great Sidney Bechet playing in the background • Smoking allowed
Extreme pancakes are absolutely delicious • I like the ones with kuromitsu (syrup made from Okinawan brown sugar)
Maguro Bito in Asakusa
Conveyor Belt Sushi
Fun “conveyor belt sushi” restaurant • Inexpensive & excellent selection • Don’t need to order – just grab plates as they go past and pay by the plate at the end • There are plenty of cheap conveyor belt sushi restaurants in Tokyo, but the sushi at Maguro Bito is always fresh and delicious.
The chef uses homemade fruit vinegars to mix refreshing alcoholic (“sours”) or non-alcoholic (“ciders”) drinks • Flavors include wonderful Japanese tastes like yuzu citrus, Japanese plum (ume), ginger-apple (shoga-ringo) and the wickedly addictive blue shiso (ao-shiso) • Menu has delicious fresh dishes made with seasonal specialties • Menu in Japanese only, but friendly staff will help you
Shin Ah Hanten in Kamiyacho/Daimon
Shanghai-style soup dumplings a speciality • Authentic Shanghai-ctyle cuisine, prepared with the freshest seasonal ingredients and less oil • My favorite Chinese restaurant in the world
Sushi Zanmai in Tsukiji
Sushi that’s fresh off the boat at the Tsukiji Fish Market
More varieties of fresher-than-fresh fish than you’ll find anywhere in the world • “Tasting menu” of various kinds of tuna, from maguro to oh-toro
Yuki Daruma in Nakano
Grill your own meat and vegetables at your table • Owned by a former sumo wrestler • All-you-can-eat (various meats & veggies) & All-you-can-drink (beer or whisky-soda highballs): ¥4,480 or ¥4,980 per person (wider selection of foods with more expensive plan)
If you want to find good places to eat in Tokyo, I highly recommend the restaurant search guide I use, bento.com. You can search bento.com in English by neighborhood, type of food, price, and even whether they stay open late. The site is always up to date, the write-ups don’t hesitate to tell you the cons (if there are any), and there are maps to every eatery.